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    Re: How ICANN policy is made
    by Anonymous on Tuesday July 10 2001, @01:23PM (#1148)
    ICANN’s decisions are made by a small group of arrogant men who believe they are not accountable to anybody.

    Is ICANN or that small group accountable? If so, to whom?
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    Re: How ICANN policy is made
    by Anonymous on Tuesday July 10 2001, @02:54PM (#1149)
    It is astounding to conceive that at a meeting of ICANN's board a formal policy statement might be adopted not only without prior posting of the intended decision, but also without even a vote of the Board.

    This event is very good proof that ICANN's board of directors has relinquished virtually all control of ICANN to ICANN's staff and thus destroyed even the appearance of public accountability.
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    Re: How ICANN policy is made
    by Anonymous on Tuesday July 10 2001, @04:57PM (#1150)

    Follow the money....

    Stuart Lynn - $250,000 a year

    Joe Sims - $250,000 a MONTH

    Esther Dyson and Carl Bildt - $500,000 a year

    ...and the winner is....

    Verisign and Neuwhatever - $100,000 per HOUR

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    Re: How ICANN policy is made
    by Anonymous on Tuesday July 10 2001, @06:49PM (#1153)

    ARIN followed the same pattern.

    When ARIN was founded many policies were word
    of mouth or embodied in an RFC which the people
    behind ARIN had written.

    While ARIN was being founded there was lots of
    talk about bottom-up and being accountable, once
    launched, the spin changed rapidly, the ARIN
    Board members referred to policies as if the
    company had been in operation for decades.
    The public never questioned it.

    "Brass-it-Out" became the methodology.

    Most people gave up and ARIN settled into being
    what it is today, an inefficient (non-automated)
    Internet tax collector, which benefits a small
    circle of insiders who keep the DOD happy that
    address allocations only go to the "right" people.
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