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    Re: ICANN Closes Most Popular Comment Forum
    by Anonymous on Wednesday March 20 2002, @11:10PM (#5455)

    ...of course the issues I've listed are only examples of a few of the areas of concern.

    I realise there are other areas where concerns are expressed about the ICANN administration.

    I'm not suggesting "my" concerns are the main ones. But they deserve detailed answers.

    Stuart Lynn can talk about all kinds of "Reform". But the first reform should be the changes at the top necessary to make openness a reality and not just a veneer.

    The Internet is worldwide resource. It's for everyone. It offers fantastic potential for openness, communication and free speech.

    It is unacceptable that the quango put in place to administer the DNS should be allowed to work in dark and opaque ways, or to hide its discussions, or to fail to answer reasonable questions.

    It is unacceptable, for example, for ICANN to preside over Sunrise systems that cause chaos r the consumer, without ICANN being called to account for what happened, and being asked to respond in detail to serious concerns.

    It is unacceptable for ICANN to continue to offer accreditation to Registrars if they are shown (as WIPO has shown them) to have acted fraudulently. And at the very least, ICANN has to respond to consumers and account for the way they aid and abet in the promotion of these dishonest registrars.

    The Internet public deserves total openness from ICANN.

    The consumer deserves protection, delivered with openness and transparency, from ICANN.

    There is growing cynicism about the motives, methods and openness of the ICANN leadership.

    The very least they should do is respond to e-mails, respond to fair concerns, and engage in open dialogue.

    The issue is ICANN.

    Richard Henderson
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    Re: ICANN Closes Most Popular Comment Forum
    by Anonymous on Wednesday March 20 2002, @11:27PM (#5456)
    And incidentally...

    I purchased the domain www.VintCerf.com to detail Vint's views on these serious issues of concern, and the views of the Internet public.

    And I purchased the domain www.FredUpton to detail the Congressman's views on these serious issues of concern, and the views of the Internet public.

    When I choose to go live with these sites, I shall obviously circulate the URLs to a wide range of newsgroups, industry colleagues, news agencies etc.

    But Vint and Fred are in the "proof of concept" stage at the moment. I am monitoring how they deal with this. I am monitoring their performance.

    Once they have adequately answered the fair concerns of the internet public, then as far as I'm concerned I have no further use for the domains which spell their names.

    This "proof of concept" is important because I am also holding in reserve scores of other names! Through colleagues I am planning to launch www.HalLubsen.com to monitor the perfromance of the Afilias CEO, and his willingness to engage in open dialogue.

    I will never make any money from these domains, and I have no intention of using them in bad faith. They are just going to be sites "about" these people in the same way that openness.com could be about "openness".

    I'm glad Fred Upton and his chums have raised some worries about the direction of ICANN recently. But I have every intention of highlighting their own responsibility for presiding over the ICANN shambles, if they fail to call ICANN adequately to account.

    After all, who's afraid of openness?

    Let's just accept the openness of the Internet.

    Let's just engage in dialogue.

    www.FredUpton.com (and some other interestingly political sites) will be circulated all round the American political scene when I've finished monitoring Fred's performance. He chairs the Committee to whom ICANN is accountable. Does he require openness and transparency? Does he believe in protection of the consumer? Does he insist on accountability and the carrying out of contracts? Does he accommodate fraud?

    Time will tell.

    It's all "proof of concept". The "concept" is openness and honesty and decency.

    Richard Henderson

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    Re: ICANN Closes Most Popular Comment Forum
    by Anonymous on Thursday March 21 2002, @06:15PM (#5495)
    What do you mean ICANN needs to be more transparent? Can't you see right through them?
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