Michael, thank you for your brilliant and perceptive (and, I fear, prophetic) analysis and conclusions. I had meant to say during the 300 milestone/millstone here that, while I appreciate the new slashdot-like format, I did miss the longer, more in-depth articles of the old format by such as yourself. I'm glad to see they're still around. :)|
The slashdot discussion, which I've been following, makes clear that the local opposition to this redelegation is not by any means limited to Melbourne IT and Robert Elz. End-user stakeholders, as usual with ICANN, wake up and find their world has changed.
The supra-national government called ICANN is truly creating mini-ICANN's, supra-embassies around the world who will enjoy diplomatic immunity, free to come and go at will, unchecked, beyond the touch of national law, their namespace an inviolate sanctuary for multinatcorps. Thankfully the .ca redelegation was a little less messy, but I greatly fear that the end result will be the same. One wonders, and worries, how many more changes need to occur before the world wakes up. -g