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    Re:Pick up the phone!
    by Kieren McCarthy on Sunday April 01 2007, @01:58AM (#16927)
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    > Prove to us that ICANN listens.

    Say something that has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with the future, and I will make sure it does not go unheard.

    This is my job description from the ICANN bylaws: “There shall be a staff position designated as Manager of Public Participation, or such other title as shall be determined by the President, that shall be responsible, under the direction of the President, for coordinating the various aspects of public participation in ICANN, including the Website and various other means of communicating with and receiving input from the general community of Internet users.”

    I will do all I can within that remit.

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    Re:Pick up the phone! by Kieren McCarthy
    Re:Pick up the phone!
    by KarlAuerbach on Sunday April 01 2007, @10:43PM (#16931)
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    I appreciate that you are opening the door.

    However, Athol Fugard wrote in a play that the saddest words are "too late". And what you offer is, to a large degree, too late.

    Pretty much everything we have said in the past is still quite valid.

    Virtually everything I wrote in my final report to the board, which I submitted to every member of the board during my final meeting, remains valid: http://www.cavebear.com/icann-board/icann-evaluati on-public-version.pdf

    That final report contains many very specific recomendations - they are highlighted in the above mentioned document in red - not one of those recommendations has been even discussed by ICANN, much less adopted.

    And during the decade in which ICANN was not listening many things were done - UDRP, registry-registrar system, sponsored TLDs, versign contracts, etc etc.

    Will ICANN roll those back to the status quo ante? I bet not.

    The very first thing that ICANN ought to do is this: Define what it means by "internet".

    And from that it should clearly define its job. Not some vague "core values", but something that looks and smells just like a statement of work or a job description - duties, deliverables, dates.

    Then it must make itself accountable - and the only way to do that is to abandon the ALAC and re-instate elections for a majority of the board of directors.

    None of this is new; it has been said many times, even inside ICANN's "processes".

    You can sense my anger, it's not with you, but with the decade in which ideas that were proposed at an appropriate time and argued in a constructive way have now become impossible because ICANN has ossified.

    My anger is because the most we can realistically look forward to now are minor changes - the trademark industry got to pick the new automobile and now all we get to chose the gas cap. Oh the thrill of it all.

    When I say that ICANN must learn to listen, I do not mean that it must have someone who runs web pages and blogs. Rather I mean that it must adopt institutional changes in which real authority, real power to participate in decisions, is made available to the community of internet users. And I do not see how that can occur without pulling the plug in the ALAC, the nominating committee, and living up to the original promise to have the public pick, via elections, a majority of the board of directors.

    Thats why many of us feel that it is much better to speak to ICANN via the political process even to the degree of advocating that ICANN be dissolved and we begin afresh.

    Could we start afresh? Yes. Will Verisign and other registries argue that they have a perment possessory interest in their respective TLDs. Yes they will.

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    Re:Pick up the phone!
    by Kieren McCarthy on Sunday April 01 2007, @07:06AM (#16929)
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    How many public forums have I shut down?
    Two. Both on the blog.

    You can read my explanation as to why at the bottom on each of these links:

    How many have I opened?
    At last count, including forums, chatrooms, blog posts and open comment webpages, just over 100. With the vast majority targeted at a specific meeting or topic and with the responses being monitored in real-time.

    Hope this helps.

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