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    Accountability is commonsense
    by Richard_Henderson on Tuesday April 09 2002, @11:30AM (#5775)
    User #3269 Info | http://www.atlarge.org/

    The administration of the DNS is a world responsibility to safeguard a resource that belongs to the whole world.

    Icann HAS to be accountable to someone.

    The requirement to be regularly monitored against "performance-targets" and responsive to measures needed to adhere to such targets is surely essential.

    I agree that there is a separate issue over WHO sets the targets, but surely it should not be ICANN themselves (though they would have a significant input).

    In terms of political reality, DoC can always pull the plug on ICANN if they want.

    I suspect that the regionalisation and diversification of many of these functions may take control beyond DoC in the end though.

    I repeat: The administration of the DNS is a world responsibility to safeguard a resource that belongs to the whole world.

    ICANN therefore cannot be unaccountable.

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    Belongs to whom?
    by Anonymous on Tuesday April 09 2002, @12:24PM (#5776)
    The administration of the DNS is a world responsibility to safeguard a resource that belongs to the whole world.

    Says who?
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    by Anonymous on Tuesday April 09 2002, @01:50PM (#5777)
    I'm reminded of the old saying that it's easier to ask for forgiveness afterwords than to get permission before.

    In other words, with the kind of lax and occassional oversight suggested, ICANN would tend to overstep its proper bounds and put the burden on the Dept of Commerce to reverse the action and bear the onus of that reversal.

    That kind of repair-after-the-damage mentality is a demonstrated failure in automobiles (I think I'll repair my breaks after my next crash) and in health care (I'll check my blood pressure after I have a stroke). Let's not apply that kind of Looney Tunes logic to the Internet.
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    Re: 'Private Ordering'
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 10 2002, @05:00AM (#5783)
    The Commerce Department should not have handed the internet to ICANN.
    That is Mr. Clinton's fault.
    Just like U.S. postal service, the federal goverment needs to have the control.
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