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    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Wednesday May 30 2001, @08:19AM (#688)
    User #4 Info | http://www.discourse.net/
    Here, in case you missed them, are Bret Fausett's comments in the ICANN Blog on the ICANN paper (reprinted with permission):
    "Discussion Draft" on Unique Root. Contrary to the idea that policy pronouncements are made "bottom up" from the Supporting Organizations, ICANN Staff posted a draft paper yesterday on "A Unique, Authoritative Root." The paper claims to be a draft statement of policy, but neither the paper itself nor the concerns it purports to address originated with any Supporting Organization. It was not the product of any working group or task force and has not been adopted by the ICANN Board. Although titled a "Discussion Draft," ICANN provided no time on the Public Forum agenda in Stockholm for discussion of the subject and did not create a public forum for posting comments. 

    More importantly, the paper interrupts a DNSO process meant to examine the issue of alternate roots and alternative naming systems. A General Assembly group of the DNSO is now discussing these issues, and the DNSO's Names Council will begin a discussion on the subject with a presentation in Stockholm (Forsyth paper/Mueller paper). The ICANN paper states what the DNSO's conclusion should be.

    This is not the kind of "bottom up" policy development that is supposed to characterize the ICANN process. In a later added preface, ICANN President Stuart Lynn claims the draft as his own work and writes that he felt it necessary to publish it because he found a "lack of completeness" on the "documentation of the policy basis for ICANN's commitment to a unique, authoritative root." Of course the documentation was incomplete -- ICANN has never set an official policy on these issues. The DNSO's Names Council took the first steps in a possible policy process last month when it called for an informational presentation in Stockholm. But the prominent display on the ICANN web site of one draft contribution from ICANN's senior staff is inappropriate and, even in the best light, premature.

    I agree. I expect to see an increasingly propagandistic tone to the ICANN home page as their PR person gets into the swing of the job--and as ICANN starts to feel more cornered. Indeed, last week's self-congratulatory press release on the VeriSign deal -- neither the text of which, nor even the key percentages negotiated at the last minute, has yet to grace ICANN's home page -- is a sign of the new trend.
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