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    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday March 23 2002, @08:52AM (#5521)
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    The correct link is given on the icann.blog. See also Bret Fausett's link to John Perry Barlow's Accra Manifesto. BTW, I don't have the patience (I doubt anyone on the planet does) to go through Jeff Williams volumes of echolalia in the ALSC archives to provide a link, but his lecture to Barlow about setting email filters as though Barlow was a newbie is hilarious.

    Following is an incomplete list of meme sightings regarding Lynn's proposal and the fallout, each of these has some unique material, I haven't provided links to duplicates, though some of these have been widely reproduced elsewhere:

    Critics hit proposed overhaul of Internet overseer
    Kwasi Kpodo, AP, in Chicago Sun-Times

    ICANN's problems more than bickering
    Jonathan Krim, Washington Post via Mercury News

    ICANN Will Reform or Die
    Kevin Murphy, Computer Business Review Online
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    Boot This: ICANN's problem with democracy
    Chris Winters, Eastside Journal

    Net shake-up plan prompts protests
    Mark Ward, BBC

    ICANN fails to resolve at-large election question
    Scarlet Pruitt, IDG

    ICANN abolishes Net democracy, but Esther steps in
    Andrew Orlowski, The Register UK

    ICANN in for a Domain Change
    Declan McCullagh, Wired

    ICANN Surveys Its Crossroads
    Steve Kettmann, Wired

    Net Governance Reform Could Spark Congressional Hearings
    David McGuire, Newsbytes

    ICANN Finally Attracts Congressional Ire
    Jim Wagner, Internetnews

    ICANN 'killing participation' in Internet
    Matt Loney, ZDNetUK

    Domain Power
    Lee Dembart, International Herald Tribune

    Various threads

    These reviews have been almost universally negative, in addition to numerous others already covered on ICANNWatch. If M. Stuart Lynn's plan was a Broadway bound play it would have closed the first night it played Peoria. I'll quote from one more:

    Internet Body Commits to Reform, Not Elections
    Andy Sullivan, AP

    Lynn said many people have told him privately that they support his plan, but that few have made their support public.

    "A lot of them come from parts of the world that don't just get up and walk out when they don't like something, they want to work collaboratively and quietly toward a solution," Lynn said.

    That may explain Vint Cerf's involvement with getting the internet into space, perhaps in the hope they can contact whatever world Lynn is talking about. So far no-one has answered Michael's question of a month ago: Where Are the Lynn Plan's Defenders? To date they appear as real as Jeff Williams 121,000 INeGroup members. Assuming they aren't just sock puppets, why should we trust those who prefer to work in the shadows? That lack of transparency and openness is probably the single largest reason for ICANN's failure. Finally, one more quote from the archives over a year ago:

    Brit to head net body
    Mark Ward, BBC, 25 January, 2001

    Icann watchers speculate that he [Lynn] got the job because he has a neutral view on most of the issues which are dividing the organisation and polarising its critics.

    On taking up the post, he said his job was to instil Icann with a greater feeling of consensus. "It's less important where I stand than how I am able to bring people together," he said.

    Harrummph. That speculation certainly didn't come from this here group of ICANNWatchers. Regardless, I guess if you stand astride the infobahn, you can claim to be middle of the road. To put it another way, if you own Broadway, you can play it anyway you like. -g
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