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    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @05:51AM (#4313)

    Excuse me, but, how can one say, it seems unlikely
    that the ICANN Board and Staff know what
    Christmas is, like all other things that they do not
    recognize, they just ignore it all and go on about
    their business.

    New.Net does not exist, just ask an ICANNite

    .WEB does not exist just ask one of the ICANNites

    It is all very Soviet or Taliban, there is no place
    for religion or any ideas which are not the ICANN
    religion. It Seeks Overall Control (ISOC)
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @05:57AM (#4315)


    Does not exist


    Does not exist

    and you can bet your life that Santa does
    not qualify for a .AERO name, because that
    would mean he was into transporting cargo
    via the air, and THAT must be stopped by

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Don't forget - ICANN banned .KIDS - They do not ex
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @06:10AM (#4319)
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    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @06:24AM (#4323)

    www.PAPER.AERO ???? maybe so


    Farewell Flight
    “In the memory of Jon Postel!”
    With those words spoken by Postel’s brother Thomas, a small group on the stage of Bovard Auditorium — including a senior advisor to the president of the United States, a high-tech company vice president, a university president, close friends and family members — launched a flight of paper airplanes at members of the audience. The missiles were actual pages from the RFC series, and those non-computer scientists who opened them were, for the most part, baffled by the contents.
    But they could search the Internet to understand.

    Postel's brothers Rus and Thomas and their mother, Lois, launch paper airplanes at the audience.

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    ICANN and the Taliban BAN .MOVIE
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @06:39AM (#4329)




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    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @06:53AM (#4333)

    Come on, it is basic retailing 101

    Until those .COOP names all sell, there can not
    be any more TLDs. Maybe an after Christmas
    Clearance Sale on .COOP names will move that
    inventory out ?

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @07:01AM (#4338)

    Not only does ICANN ban TLDs, then they have
    the nerve to set up TLDs and take people's money
    only to have those SLD.TLD names banned and
    the money is not refunded.

    What a scam
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @07:33AM (#4346)
    Tiscali Joins New.net's™ Global Team of ISP Partners

    Partnership with largest European ISP brings total access to New.net names to over 93 million worldwide; New.net-enabled networks span four continents

    Sherman Oaks, Calif. - December 20, 2001 - New.net (http://www.new.net), a domain name registry created to meet the market demand for Web addresses with logical, easy-to-remember extensions, today announced an agreement with Tiscali, the leading Internet Communication Company, that will increase the total number of business and residential Internet users with access to New.net domains to more than 93 million worldwide. Under the partnership, Tiscali's 7.5 million active subscribers across 14 countries will have automatic access to New.net's more meaningful domain names in users' native languages.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @01:50PM (#4351)

    Names for creating awareness and proliferation of the .name concept - The following names will be registered directly by Registry Operator. These names might be allocated to another entity during the Term of the Agreement.

    1. Jesus.Christ.name
    2. Santa.Claus.name

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Follow the Money - Herb Schorr Knows Where it is
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @01:58PM (#4353)

    At the time of Postel’s death, ISI’s Computer Networks Division, which he directed, had become the prime contractor for a $21 million project funded by the National Science Foundation to accom-modate the Internet’s rapid growth.
    “It is not enough to say that Jon will be greatly missed,” said Herbert Schorr, ISI’s executive director. “In addition to his internationally renowned work with the Internet, Jon played a key role in creating and maintaining ISI’s creative and nurturing environment for research, technical and support staff. He is irreplaceable.”
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @05:22PM (#4361)
    Vinton G. Cerf

    EMail: vcerf@mci.net

    RFC 2468

    Jon and I went to the same high school, Van Nuys High, in the San
    Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles. But we were in different
    classes and I really didn't know him then. Our real meeting came at
    UCLA when we became a part of a group of graduate students working
    for Professor Leonard Kleinrock on the ARPANET project. Steve
    Crocker was another of the Van Nuys crowd who was part of the team
    and led the development of the first host-host protocols for the
    ARPANET. When Steve invented the idea of the Request for Comments
    series, Jon became the instant editor. When we needed to keep track
    of all the hosts and protocol identifiers, Jon volunteered to be the
    Numbers Czar and later the IANA once the Internet was in place.

    Jon was a founding member of the Internet Architecture Board and
    served continuously from its founding to the present. He was the
    FIRST individual member of the Internet Society I know, because he
    and Steve Wolff raced to see who could fill out the application forms
    and make payment first and Jon won. He served as a trustee of the
    Internet Society. He was the custodian of the .US domain, a founder
    of the Los Nettos Internet service, and, by the way, managed the
    networking research division of USC Information Sciences Institute.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @05:28PM (#4363)
    >From: "Rick Adams"
    >The Network Solutions travesty is probably worse.
    >UUNET offered to do the master domain system at no cost to NSF and for
    >a nominal, cost sharing fee from the users (I think it was $1 per domain
    >per year).
    >The technology proposed was essentially what TuCows is now running.
    >The UUNET proposal was rejected. Network Solutions' proposal was accepted.
    >There were two primary reasons sited in the review for rejection of the
    >UUNET proposal:
    >1) it was not technically feasible (I never got a straight answer as to
    >why not)
    > and
    >2) "Why should UUNET be allowed to make obscene profits by charging $1 per
    >I particularly remember the accusation of making obscene profits. (It's
    >especially funny
    >now when Network Solutions is getting $6 or so supposedly to cover costs.)
    >I was later told in private by one of the review panel that one of the
    >central reasons the UUNET proposal was rejected was that NSF
    >would have no control over the system if it was distributed as I suggested
    >and that they did not like that. It was not mentioned as
    >a criteria at any stage of the process including the review...
    >The CRADA process such as it is was and is badly broken, but then I
    >suppose so are most
    >government funding procedures.
    >Rick Adams
    >Founder, UUNET
    >(unaffiliated with UUNET since 1997)
    >p.s. The ANS takeover of NSFNET an commercialization is another blot of
    >shame on the process.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @07:16PM (#4367)
    >Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 17:46:29 -0500 (EST)
    >From: "Mike O'Dell"
    >To: dave@farber.net
    >Subject: CRADA
    >i've been concerned for a while now over the use of the CRADA
    >by government agencies to selectively enrich private companies.
    >the Network Solutions DNS goldmine was created by a CRADA, as
    >was the Maptech monopoly on all NOAA navigation data.
    >i did a google search on CRADA and found many, many others,
    >many probably reasonable, some possibly otherwise.
    >as a scheme for encouraging the development of a particularly
    >risky new business sector, the CRADA probably a reasonable
    >tool. however, at least in the case above, there is no
    >possible argument that the government needs to "encourage"
    >the development and use of digital cartographic data which
    >has already been paid for by the taxpayers.
    >Maptech is making a fortune from republishing NOAA data
    >after transforming it into a proprietary format they claim to
    >control. Maptech has exclusive access to this data, according
    >to NOAA. why anything beyond a decent web site is required to
    >make the data available, however, is hard to understand. in
    >particular, NOAA recently awarded Maptech *another* monopoly
    >on the vector database data used to create the raster charts
    >(produced by scanning the mylars which produce the paper maps).
    >So either vector or raster, you gotta go to Maptech to get
    >the data you've paid for.
    >How is this different from the Westlaw situation where
    >they enjoyed a monopoly on publishing federal court
    >records? I suspect it isn't, other than it hasn't
    >gone to court yet.
    >The real question worth muck-raking over is how many other
    >CRADA deals have been crafted in the back rooms of government
    >agencies, and how many of those are quietly creating new
    >monopolies by diverting taxpayer-funded intellectual property
    >to private gain?
    > -mo
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    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Tuesday December 25 2001, @04:06AM (#4381)
    Background to announcement of ITAG

    A key event in the next few months will be the transition of the Internet
    Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from a US Government funded activity to
    an openly governed, privately funded not-for-profit activity. To guide him
    through this transition, the Director of the IANA, Dr. Jon Postel, has
    requested advice from a few individuals with experience in the Internet and
    the international arena. Since the IANA operates in cooperation with the
    Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the formation of this advisory group was
    jointly announced by Jon and by Brian Carpenter, Chair of the IAB on
    February 11, 1998:

    The Chair of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Brian
    Carpenter, and the Director of the Internet Assigned Numbers
    Authority (IANA), Jon Postel, jointly announce the formation
    of the "IANA Transition Advisors Group" (ITAG).

    The ITAG will serve as a set of senior advisors to the IANA
    during the transition to a new organization with formal status
    as a non-profit corporation with a board of directors. This
    group will cease to exist when the board of directors of the
    new organization has its first meeting. The members of the
    ITAG have declared themselves as not candidates for the
    initial IANA board.

    The ITAG will consist of 6 members. The initial members(*) are:

    Randy Bush - Verio
    Brian Carpenter - IBM UK
    Dave Farber - U Penn
    Geoff Huston - Telstra
    John Klensin - MCI
    Steve Wolff - Cisco

    * organization affiliation for identification purposes only.

    The initial task of the ITAG is to assist Jon in drawing up draft statutes
    for the new, not-for-profit, IANA organization, with particular attention
    to its open, international governance. This is why the ITAG members have
    disqualified themselves from membership of the initial Board of the new
    organization. They will also advise Dr Postel on any other critical issues
    concerning the transition to the new organization.

    The ITAG members were invited on a personal basis by Jon, and do not
    officially represent anyone except themselves. They all have significant
    experience of the international aspects of the Internet. Their geographical
    distribution (four in the US, one in Europe and one on the Pacific Rim)
    loosely reflects that of the Internet itself. However, the ITAG makes no
    claim to authority and will act exclusively in an advisory capacity.

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    Are all religions represented in ICANN ?
    by Anonymous on Tuesday December 25 2001, @04:20AM (#4383)

    Are all religions represented in ICANN ?
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    The Ethnic Dilema for ICANN
    by Anonymous on Tuesday December 25 2001, @06:11AM (#4385)

    The Ethnic Dilema for ICANN

    What happens if ICANN finds that no matter how
    hard they try, they (the Staff and Board) are not
    able to find a truely diverse collection of people
    WILLING to participate in their little club ?

    Ethical people and people from diverse ethnic
    backgrounds may not want to be part of ICANN.

    That can result in ICANN being largely elderly
    people drawn from the academic and legal
    professions, with not much more to do in their
    lives. That is hardly a diverse group and unlikely
    international, because the language will likely
    be English.

    In summary, the ICANN Root or the legacy Root
    contents largely represents ONLY the people
    willing to participate in ICANN, which is clearly
    a small (non-representative) part of the world's
    population, the world's religions, the world's
    cultures, the world's age groups, industries, etc.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Tuesday December 25 2001, @01:40PM (#4386)

    If Jesus Christ, King of the Jews, were here, he
    would probably note that ICANN appears to be
    nothing but a tribe of greedy merchants, brokers
    and charletons with their lawyers in drag, all
    trying to take advantage of a less informed
    populous who are being duped into thinking that
    small strings of characters have importance in
    this world or the next.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    LOL !!!
    by Anonymous on Tuesday December 25 2001, @02:06PM (#4387)
    That is the funniest thing I've read in quite awhile!


    Merry Christmas everyone!

    -- Kendall
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Tuesday December 25 2001, @03:06PM (#4391)

    Read the rest of this comment...

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    .TOYS at the NSF ?
    by Anonymous on Tuesday December 25 2001, @03:21PM (#4392)

    There are no toys where Bajcsy spends most of her week. From Monday to Thursday in Arlington, Va., Bajcsy oversees a $388 million budget as head of the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Her job: to give the nation's universities and research institutions federal money to pursue information technology projects.

    This is no ordinary time. In addition to its usual funding duties, the computer science directorate has been put in charge of the new multiagency Information Technology Research program, formed in response to findings that the nation was underinvesting in areas such as computer simulation and the management of large databases. Suddenly there is $90 million in new money to spend.

    This midwinter morning Bajcsy is meeting with the directorate's executive officer, George Strawn, to rehearse a presentation she is to make shortly to her boss, NSF director Rita R. Colwell. Bajcsy is one of seven assistant directors who run NSF programs. She is not a politician. She doesn't yearn to become a career bureaucrat. She is the voice of science.
    Back at her office, she goes straight into another meeting. Penn medical professor Harvey Rubin wants to discuss a DNA computing proposal. Bajcsy can give advice on grant applications, but she makes no decisions affecting the university. "I'm very popular these days," she says. "I'm going to give out $90 million, so you can imagine."

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    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Tuesday December 25 2001, @05:26PM (#4399)

    See: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/grattan_healy/Bilderberg.html

    and: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/grattan_healy/Bild-Sweden.html

    Also, Bildt would have met Esther Dyson at last year's meeting. That seems innocent enough, until you notice that he is suddenly chairing a major panel for ICANN, the internet Domain Names organisation, which she was President of until recently. I imagine Bildt will take over from Barnevik as Steering Committee member, and is a rising star in the elite. He is now well placed to influence the development of the internet, that delinquent medium the elite would love to control (as they control all other media). And IT is a growing aspect of these summits!

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Tuesday December 25 2001, @05:32PM (#4400)
    Tony's Pages http://www.bilderberg.org/2000.htm
    Grattan's pages http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/grattan_healy/Bilderberg.html

    Dear friends,

    My colleague Laurence, who deals with Info Society questions in our Committee at the European Parliament (ITRE), spoke to me earlier about ICANN, which I decided to take a peek at this evening. I was aware that Esther Dyson was involved in such things, as I came across her when she attended last year's Bilderberg meeting here in Bruxelles. In fact she was the founding Chairperson of ICANN, and has just retired from that role. On their page I noticed that Carl Bildt has been wheeled in to do a key study (see below)!


    How curious, as we filmed him entering the very same Bilderberg meeting!!

    I did wonder why Esther was present. It seems possible that the elite figure they need to get a hand on this delinquent medium, since they pretty much own every other one. And it offers them a possible route to influence over what is already a growing economic force, and may become a global political structure. So watch out!!

    Note that Bildt helped set up a media company in Bosnia, and I had some not so flattering reports about that adventure!

    Ciao, Grattan

    Correspondance between Denise Michael, full-time worker on the 'at-large study' and me (Tony)
    Most recent first - this section best read from the bottom up - sorry ;-)
    Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 18:37:41 +0000
    To: dmichel@atlargestudy.org
    From: Tony Gosling
    Subject: ICANN

    Dear Denise,

    Bildt cannot chair a credible committee - you must ask yourself do you want credibility or not?

    His stock in trade these days is forging an imaginary consensus to favour international bankers and big business.

    Your only hope is if the internet community at-large do not find out about his covert activities.

    I am not suprised your forum is not working. Your study would not stand up to even a whiff of public scrutiny or discussion.


    At Mon, 19 Mar 2001 10:02:30 -0800, you wrote:

    >I'm implying that Carl Bildt is the Chair and will lead the ALSC's effort to
    >forge a consensus and submit a report to ICANN's Board on At-Large
    >participation in ICANN. If you have a view on At-Large and want to help
    >shape the ALSC's work, please frequent our website (www.atlargestudy.org) (a
    >public forum will be added soon).
    >Denise Michel

    >----- Original Message -----
    >Cc: ; ;
    >Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 9:44 AM
    >Subject: Bildt must not chair ICANN study
    >> Dear Denise,
    >> Can you be implying that Bildt's close involvement with Bilderberg is
    >> not a substantive issue? The reason I am circulating this information
    >> is because Bildt's very close involvement with Bilderberg makes him
    >> totally unsuitable for the job.
    >> It is usual for the Chair of such a study to be seen to be impartial.
    >> Bildt is a clandestine representative of the power elite.
    >> I think I can fairly say thee is no-one on the panel that represents
    >> the interests of free speech and ordinary people
    >> see http://www.atlargestudy.org/members.shtml
    >> thanks
    >> Tony

    >> At Mon, 19 Mar 2001 07:56:55 -0800, you wrote:

    >> >Thanks for your note. If you have substantive comments about the At
    >> Large
    >> >issue or believe that the ALSC membership is missing a particular
    >> skillset,
    >> >please send your views to comments@atlargestudy.org
    >> >
    >> >Thanks.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >Denise Michel
    >> >dmichel@atlargestudy.org

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Is ICANN Representative in the Same Order ?
    by Anonymous on Thursday December 27 2001, @07:12AM (#4406)
    Is ICANN Representative in the Same Order ?


    Major Religions of the World
    Ranked by Number of Adherents

    Last modified 16 August 2001.

    (Sizes shown are approximate estimates, and are here mainly for the purpose of ordering the groups, not providing a definitive number. This list is sociological/statistical in perspective.)
    Christianity: 2 billion

    Islam: 1.3 billion

    Hinduism: 900 million

    Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 850 million

    Buddhism: 360 million

    Chinese traditional religion: 225 million

    primal-indigenous: 190 million

    Sikhism: 23 million

    Yoruba religion: 20 million

    Juche: 19 million

    Spiritism: 14 million

    Judaism: 14 million

    Baha'i: 6 million

    Jainism: 4 million

    Shinto: 4 million

    Cao Dai: 3 million

    Tenrikyo: 2.4 million

    Neo-Paganism: 1 million

    Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand

    Scientology: 750 thousand

    Rastafarianism: 700 thousand

    Zoroastrianism: 150 thousand

    What religion are the people actively involved with ICANN ?

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    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Thursday December 27 2001, @07:28AM (#4407)
    200 - Christianity: 2 billion
    130 - Islam: 1.3 billion
    90 - Hinduism: 900 million
    85 - Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 850 million
    36 - Buddhism: 360 million
    23 - Chinese traditional religion: 225 million
    19 - primal-indigenous: 190 million


    ICANN Board Seats

    6.5 Christian (6)
    4.2 Islam (4)
    2.9 Hindu (3)
    2.7 Non-Religious (3)
    1.2 Buddist (1)
    .7 Chinese (1)
    .6 Primal (1)

    Does the ICANN Board match that ?
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Thursday December 27 2001, @07:51AM (#4408)

    "Father of the Internet," Vinton Cerf and co-founders of the Cyberspace Law Institute, among others, including members of the Church of Scientology, met to work out solutions to protect the rights of all on the Net.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Thursday December 27 2001, @11:29AM (#4409)

    Read the rest of this comment...

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    What is the ICANN approach to diversity ?
    by Anonymous on Thursday December 27 2001, @11:58AM (#4410)

    What is the ICANN approach to diversity ?

    Resources for the African/African-American Community
    Resources on Aging
    Resources for the Asian/Asian American Community
    Resources for Biracial and Multiracial Individuals and Families
    Resources on Disability
    Resources on Diversity and Health Care
    Resources on Diversity in Higher Education
    Resources on Diversity in the Workplace
    Resources on European Culture
    Resources for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Community
    Resources on Immigration and Non-immigration Classifications, Information, and Services
    Resources for the Latino/a, Latino/a - , Hispanic American Community
    Resources for the Native American Community
    Resources on Religion
    Resources for Women
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Thursday December 27 2001, @12:21PM (#4412)

    Professor creates web site to monitor domain names

    Law professor Michael Froomkin and two other colleagues have created a web site designed to monitor the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is in charge of the sensitive task of assigning Internet addresses for companies as well as individuals and organizations.

    "ICANN wants to be the authority to control rules about how domain names are assigned," says Froomkin. "We're trying to showcase concerns that people have about this process; particularly we want to make sure that those trying to protect their interests don't make it difficult for others."

    ICANN's policies and procedures have been controversial from the start. Froomkin claims that the methods for allocating domain names aren't clear, and that they are being designed by engineers and others who don't completely understand the process.

    In order to monitor ICANN, Froomkin, along with David Post, an associate professor of law at Temple University, and David J. Farber, a professor of telecommunication systems at the University of Pennsylvania, established ICANN Watch, which monitors the organization's activities and serves as a clearinghouse for information about ICANN's actions and policies.

    Part of the reason the professors are concerned about ICANN's policies and procedures is because they fear that the process could become one in which upstarts could be restricted or eliminated from the Internet by their more powerful competitors.

    Froomkin used the example of Internet contracts, by which access to the Internet could be restricted if users don't strictly adhere to all the stipulations. At present, the system is free of such procedures.

    "Our role is to serve as a central point of reference, a kind of hill overlooking the often chaotic information landscape, from which anyone seeking a better understanding of these developments can survey the ever-changing terrain," says Froomkin.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Thursday December 27 2001, @12:37PM (#4413)

    Dyson responded to concerns about Africans and others from developing countries not being represented in ICANN: “I agree that the lack of a role for Africa is a serious issue—it is important that every continent be represented on ICANN. We do have a rule in our bylaws that calls for every continent to be represented on our board. We are making headway, in that nine new directors have been nominated, one from Latin America, but still not one from Africa.”

    Dyson invited participants to email her at us@edventure.com with solutions for achieving greater African and other developing- country representation.

    Francis Gurry, assistant director general and legal counsel of the World Intellectual Property Organization, spoke about the phenomenon of political as well as technological convergence and stressed the importance of better defining public and private roles in the governance of the emerging global information infrastructure. He mused that there may be an emerging need for a UN General Assembly for the Internet that would raise the conundrum of where there would be one domain, one vote.

    The keynote luncheon speech on November 10th by His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, focused on examples from the Aga Khan Development Network of innovative partnerships in preserving Islamic cultures and knowledge. Examples included the establishment of ArchNet, an online community of professionals interested in Islamic architecture.

    He also described the Aga Khan University in Pakistan and its innovative School of Nursing, which allows thousands of women to earn advanced degrees in nursing. Using the Internet and distance learning, the school has become a leading resource for nursing education in other developing countries as well. Health ministries in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda are now eager to launch a regional program for upgrading nursing education in Eastern Africa.

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    by Anonymous on Thursday December 27 2001, @12:43PM (#4414)

    Fortunately, there was enough opposition to the gTLD-MoU that the U.S. Government was forced to intervene. First, a multi-departmental group of the U.S. Government known as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) started to hold meetings. Then Congress, through the House Science and Commerce Committees, held hearings. Finally, the Executive Branch asked Ira Magaziner, President Clinton's "Technology Czar," to jump into the fight.

    The result of all of these actions was ultimately known as the "White Paper", Ira Magaziner's consensus document. And while it addressed the most objectionable features of the gTLD-MoU, it was also written in a vague and ambiguous style.

    This became obvious as the U.S. Commerce Department, under the direction of Becky Burr, proceeded to implement the White Paper through a most dubious process. Instead of interpreting the White Paper as an extension to the U.S. Constitution, she allowed a very small group of people to position themselves as the new global government for the Internet. They are known as ICANN.

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