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    Re: Will He or Won't He?
    by KarlAuerbach on Thursday December 19 2002, @09:44AM (#10598)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    I have not yet decided.

    There are many issues. But first I have to mention that the resolution that the Board adopted is ambiguous. It is not clear whether at this moment I am ON the board and will fall off if I don't say something by the 23rd, or whether I am at this moment OFF the board but have the ability to opt back in. This ambiguity means that ICANN does not have the ability to say exactly who constitutes its Board of Directors. Should, for instance, ICANN's board be sued, would I be a defendant? Or if there were an emergency meeting what would be the numbers used to compute whether a quorum were present?

    But going further - clearly were I to go onto the transition board, my forray into boardsquatting would be a paltry one compared to those that have become routine within ICANN. But ICANN's "transition" board could, like its "initial"/"interim" board stretch on and on and on, amending itself into permanence as did those still present initial/interim Directors.

    I was elected to represent North America (sans Mexico) and if I let my term lapse, the largest body of active Internet users will become unrepresented.

    On the other hand, the assertion of "the need for continuity" or "no one is present to take my place" has been used again and again, from the national/dictator level all the way down to ICANN, to provide a thin excuse for a what is really merely a grasping retention of power beyond the mandate. ICANN's claim that it is engaging in "reform" means, if it means anything at all, that ICANN's interest in continuity with its flawed past is less rather than more and thus beggers any claim that one should stay on the board to promote "continuity".

    ICANN is failing. Recent events in which a DNS root server was moved and two new ones created, all without even notice to ICANN, indicate that the level of disdain for ICANN has reached the point where ICANN's technical role in DNS has, as a practical matter, ceased. The IP address allocation system has also, as a practical matter, disengaged from ICANN, with the fact of independence covered only by a few rather transparent veils. ICANN has virtually no support from the Internet technical community. The national governments in the GAC have given ICANN strong notice of their concerns. The US Dept of Commerce has also put ICANN on short notice. The ccTLD community is reacting to ICANN's overreaching demands for data access, ICANN's use of IANA and abandonment of RFC1591/ICU1 to coerce ccTLDs to sign ICANN contracts, and ICANN's disinclination to maintain accurrate ccTLD records. And, of course, the public has never given ICANN any real support, if only because ICANN has never really recognized that the public is worth consulting about matters that affect the public interest.

    Of course, that "reform" effort did nothing to repair any of ICANN's fundamental failings: ICANN's scope is still bloated and extends far too far in the direction of a supranational legislature, ICANN's "staff" is still out of control and not overseen by ICANN's Board, nor is that board itself subject to any form of accountability, and ICANN is still captured by the DNS and intellectual property industries. Despite the claim of "reform" ICANN still primarily serves as a travel agency for its staff, a money pump for the law firm that created it, a protective umbrella for incumbent DNS businesses, and a legislative bypass for intellectual property businesses. And despite the claim of "reform", ICANN is still neither open to the public, transparent to the public, nor accountable to the public.

    So the next few months in ICANN ought to be "interesting", as in the old Chinese curse "may you live in interesting times."

    I have still not decided whether to be a part of the "transition" board.
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    Re: Will He or Won't He?
    by lextext on Thursday December 19 2002, @03:21PM (#10600)
    User #6 Info | http://www.lextext.com
    I hope you'll stay. The Transition Board ought to make several important decisions over the next quarter.

    -- Bret
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    Hang in there!
    by alan on Friday December 20 2002, @09:35PM (#10634)
    User #2877 Info
    I urge you to continue on the board. You can make a excellent point about how things should work by quietly vanishing on schedule, but that message will only be noticed by people who already see the light. And that will be the end of the game. But if you hang in there and keep fighting the good fight, you will continue to be a thorn in the side of the forces of darkness.
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