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    Re: ICANN's Next Steps
    by rhill on Monday September 23 2002, @09:11PM (#9346)
    User #3320 Info | http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/
    Susan states:

    'The GAC has suggested that ICANN restate its policy development mission to include policies "reasonably and appropriately related to its technical functions."'

    This is not quite right. The language proposed by GAC was:

    "Coordinates policy-development as necessary to perform these technical functions."

    See http://www.icann.org/committees/gac/statement-on-reform-26jun02.htm

    It was the ERC who suggested that the language proposed by GAC may be "unwise" and "not sufficiently flexible" and instead proposed:

    "Coordinates policy-development reasonably and appropriately related to its technical functions"

    See http://www.icann.org/committees/evol-reform/first-implementation-report-01aug02.htm#1

    To date the GAC has not commented on the language proposed by the ERC.

    Richard Hill
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    Re: ICANN's Next Steps
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Tuesday September 24 2002, @07:03AM (#9366)
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    ICANN foresaw that end-users might organize and gave it a poison pill, via Esther Dyson and Joop Teernstra, icannatlarge.com is now in danger of burning down over a name change and website management. It managed to sign up about 1000 members (not very impressive with internet users now numbering in the hundreds of millions), and many of those may have and may yet drift away (depending partly on whether Joop will forward them on).

    And just in case that, or anything else, became a credible threat, they created at-large.org. If ever forced into having to deal with a union, they already have one in place. The setting up of so-called company unions is not new, in fact particularily in the US it has a long tradition. Getting in on the ground floor and making an otherwise non-docile union beholden to you from its inception in case your first choice isn't accepted is another timeworn tradition. So ICANN just went with tradition. The problem with that is that there is little in the traditional world that maps to the internet. We don't have to join unions, we can all act individually and independently, coalescing only around a particular issue as and when necessary and then freeing ourselves to move on in ever more unpredictable trajectories. That is, near-impossible to control. That is one strength of the internet. Use it, and ICANN can't win. -g

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