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    Pick up the phone!
    by Kieren McCarthy on Saturday March 31 2007, @04:10PM (#16922)
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    This is getting ridiculous.

    Now you appear to be implying that the President's Strategy Committee is secretive. You even ran a long post of it [icannwatch.org] - on this site - back in August last year - more than six months ago.

    I have been trying for ages to get people involved in this - I have spoken to lots of people and I have posted news stories about the committee and where it was going.

    I have even personally phoned into two open and public meetings of the committee and asked questions about it. Most recently I created an entire website that had as its first event a president's strategy committee meeting and where anyone could add comments and ask questions that would then be put directly and publicly to the committee.

    If there is no other input, what on earth do you expect a committee to do except run with what it has come up with?

    Don't start complaining after the event and - yet again - suggest that there is some kind of conspiracy at work. If you don't like something, say so when people are actually having the meeting, not once they have held three meeting public meetings and heard nothing back.

    I wish ICANNWatch would switch its focus to involving people rather than complaining about what comes out after a massive lack of involvement.

    If you want any help, if you can suggest what could be done to improve public participation, if you can suggest changes to improve the process, please just contact me.

    Kieren
    General manager of public participation, ICANN
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    ICANN's institutional fantasy
    by jrlevine on Tuesday April 03 2007, @08:59AM (#16938)
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    During the two years I spent on the ALAC, ICANN's board an staff acted out a shared fantasy that it was just a matter of time, and not very much time, until the DOC wrapped up its contracts with ICANN at which point ICANN would become master of its own destiny, subject to nobody but the bottom-up consensus based processes that have brought us such acclaimed public successes as the Add Grace Period, the .MUSEUM TLD, the Verisign sellout^Wsettlement, and the Registerfly collapse and likely loss of all their registrant info.

    Meanwhile back in the reality-based community, the USDOC has made it quite clear that they're never letting go of ICANN, and in view of the alternatives, that's OK with anyone who depends on the Internet to actually work.

    So this particular exercise is consistent with ICANN's past behavior, but since it has no chance of changing anything, I wouldn't waste a lot of time getting upset about it.
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