How to Avoid Complying with ICANN's ByLaws
Date: Friday November 30 2001, @09:39AM
Topic: The Big Picture

joannalane writes "ICANN's behavior follows in that fine old American tradition, the most corrupt political machines. Here's a handy guide to the ways ICANN can avoid complying with its own rules and procedures."

Claim a "narrow technical mission" (avoids engagement in an argument one cannot win)

Claim that "societal issues" must be given proper consideration in policy decisions (useful to advance "mission creep")

Claim lack of adequate representation/ consensus building procedures (isolates and disarms opponents)

Issue a press release to claim wide community support for a new policy (avoids having to produce any supporting documentation)

Claim that ICANN is an evolving process (valid defense against material evidence of failed policies)

Claim that ICANN is not a legal enforcing organization (protects the interests of donors that are in reach of contract)

Deny input from selected groups (useful to ensure constituencies recommend policies that fit with master plan)

Withdraw Secretariat services (good for saotaging the tenure of potentially effective Chairs and Working Groups)

Create an intake committee (filtering device to eliminate unwanted agenda items)

Make an announcement to run a particular course of action (useful to override a resolution that has been passed for an opposite course of action- only effective if the issue has been ignored for a while)

Decide that the views of 7 - 21 people represents community consensus (reduces the workload to sustantiate desired results/ eliminates assemly input without the need to restructure)

Withhold information (in particular financial expenditure/budgetary cuts that cannot be sustantiated)

Fail to enforce Registrar agreements (write "politically correct" clauses into contracts which both signatories know will not be enforced)

The difference between an honest politician and a corrupt one is that the honest politician stays bought. ICANN isn't even that honest, as both the winners and the losers of the TLD lottery can attest.

[With thanks to Roeland Meyer for categorizing, analysis and notes.]

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