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    Re:Pick up the phone!
    by KarlAuerbach on Sunday April 01 2007, @11:43PM (#16931)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    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 KarlAuerbach on Sunday April 01 2007, @11:49PM (#16932)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    Oops I hit submit rather than preview.

    Anyway I was about to close by saying that the interest that the registries have is via contracts with ICANN and is derivative of ICANN's interest in those TLDs.

    If ICANN were to lose that interest then the registries would, as a consequence, be left with nothing (except a legal claim against ICANN.)

    By-the-way, Danny Younger's question about the removal of material from actual ICANN forums has not yet been answered. We understand that you removed some potentially objectionable or irrelevant material from the blog. But we are not asking about the blog but, rather, about the actual ICANN comment forums.
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