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    Hold your breath for 7 years
    by Anonymous on Tuesday November 05 2002, @04:06PM (#10009)
    For those who know absolutely nothing about this topic, let me explain that before one becomes eligible to apply for citizenship of most, if not all countries, one must first establish legal residency, a process that is designed to deter most applicants, is fraught with inconsistencies and takes about 2 - 4 years to accomplish even in the simplest of circumstances. Once those obstacles have been overcome and legal alien status has been obtained, there is then a probationary waiting period of between 3-5years, while one demonstrates the qualities of a model citizen, and depending on personal circumstances, application for citizenship can then be started, which takes up to a year to complete. In short, the process can be anything from 5-10 years, if all goes smoothly.

    This scenario applies to all people of foreign nationality in at least 3 of the 5 ICANN regions - that's millions of people in the majority of the world.

    ICANN's original Bylaws allowed that group of users to vote in the region in which they were resident, even though they were only eligible to stand for election in the region of citizenship. Despite that anomoly, particpation in some form was possible, whereas in the new ICANN, under this clause as drafted, no foreign nationals of any country throughout the world can particpate, all are disenfranchised.

    Those who claim the reformed ICANN will improve the status of users through greater particpation of national government, including ICANN CEO Stuart Lynn, will, in fact, be disenfranchising larger numbers of users from the process, because foreign nationals cannot vote, and ICANN has now deemed At Large members must be *residents and citizens" of a region in order to join the At Large movement.

    The point is that the reformed ICANN is taking a regressive step by discriminating against a particular group of citizens, namely those who do not live in their country of birth, which amounts to millions of users, as well as some valued and well known contributors within the ICANN community, a past GA Chair for a start.

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