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    Re: Thoughts on those Empty Seats
    by Anonymous on Monday November 04 2002, @09:23AM (#9976)
    I am a bit confused by your logic.

    I do agree with you that if ICANN were focused on being a technical coordinating body, the public interest could be represented through something less than full participation in ICANN.

    However, it is very clear that ICANN is not a narrow technical body. ICANN, if anything, has avoided technical questions and focused on matters of vast public import such as the elevation of trademarks to a status superior to that of any other kind of naming and with no concerns for the impact on privacy or free expression.

    So, while I agree with your thoughts in the hypothetical abstract, I am faced with a reality that tells me that, absent massive change in ICANN, such thoughts will remain mere abstract detachments from reality.
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    Re: Thoughts on those Empty Seats
    by rhill on Monday November 04 2002, @10:19PM (#9986)
    User #3320 Info | http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/
    Please meet the person in the bowels of the ITU who allocates telephone numbers among countries: me. I don't actually make decisions, the decisions are made by what we call Study Group 2, a committee of experts from governments and industry. And the decisions are typically NOT made case-by-case, but on the basis of agreed rules. In the case of telephone numbers, the rules are in ITU-T Recommendations E.190, E.164, and E.164.1.

    For information on Study Group 2, please see:


    Public participation takes place primarily through the government agencies that contribute to the work. Typically, those agencies have gone through formal consultation processes that are fully open to public comment in their countries. There is also some direct participation at the ITU level through user groups that are members of ITU. To date, those user groups have mostly represented very large users, that is industrial companies, but there is no restriction on participation: a group representing individual consumers could become an ITU member and contribute to the discussions.

    I think that that hasn't happened for telephone numbers because consumer groups are satisfied with the input they have at the national level and satisfied that their government representatives take those inputs into ITU.

    Richard Hill
    Counsellor, ITU-T SG2
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