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    Re: ICANN At Large sites hacked, embalmed
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Tuesday April 23 2002, @11:36PM (#5950)
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    Well now you've awoken the free radical in me, a cancerous tumor in the body politic if you will. Your published research on the .biz and .info rollout problems is one excellent example of an emergent property of the internet, how unpaid work by one individual can put the lie to all the chaff churned up by a fleet of spinmeisters. You single handedly (though you did inspire me to do some additional minor research on a .biz registrar that will eventually appear on icannwatch, editors willing) injected a meme into the datastream. No self respecting media pundit can now discuss ICANN's newly minted TLDs without using the term fiasco in the same sentence. No-one, outside that self-congratulatory crew who thinks they can claim manifest destiny on our very thoughts, is buying the idea that the fault lies elsewhere than at their feet of clay.

    Think of it. If we are to believe you (and I certainly do), you are just one singular individual who took it upon himself to search for truth and then freely share it with others. That is what built this internet thing and that is what will keep it going. That scares the pants off the vested interests who want their 10% or better cut for trucking electrons from here to there, that is why they try to control the namespace and IP blocks as a pinchpoint via this hydra-headed monster called ICANN. We are all free radicals, we are all agents of change. We coalesce around a given issue or icannatlarge.com site and give them sleepless nights, and just when they figure they have it figured we morph and return to crash their press conference about how their open and transparent processes have decreed that we all drink hemlock. They are on the Titanic and we are unpredictable and independent submarines waiting to scuttle them if they should be lucky enough to miss the iceberg of reality. I don't get too wound up about all this stuff, short of them pulling all the plugs (and I can do wi-fi 40 miles so they'd better bring the Marines), it is over for the control freaks. If they search some napster clone they might be able to find a requiem. -g

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