Well, not really, but... Longtime ICANN watchers grew to knew and love former president and CEO of ICANN Mike Roberts for his silver tongue. From "arrogant juveniles" to "wide-eyed utopians" and "bitter...rock-throwers" to (according to the 5 September Washington Internet Daily) "academic trademark liberals," his gift for dissing ICANN's critics never ceased to amaze. Guess what? He's outdone himself yet again!
In a message to the ICANN-Europe mailing list (admittedly, in response to a sarcastic message from yours truly), Roberts conjured up a very topical new way of thinking about the At Large. Weeks ago, he said, he'd pondered a volunteerist method of underwriting the costs of a hypothetical At Large Supporting Organization. But...
Today, that idea is out the window, along with a lot of other populist notions about any old terrorist around the globe getting to vote on how to run the DNS.
He then adds with that poker-faced glee for which he is so beloved: "It may be a while before the luxury of debating what constitutes consensus in a terrorist-less society returns."
[P.S. tbyfield lives in Manhattan.]
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