Danny Younger on ICANN: "...but we lied"
Date: Saturday May 11 2002, @08:32AM
Topic: USA Goverment Relations

Danny Younger, former Chair of the General Assembly of the DNSO (his 25 February 2002 swan song as he exited that role was well done), sent a short message to the GA mailing list documenting ICANN's long litany of lies. We reproduce it here, with annotated sources for your convenience. Legislators and regulators may want to take this history into consideration in their future exchanges with ICANN officers and boardmembers.

From: DannyYounger@cs.com
Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 14:17:51 EDT
Subject: [ga] ...but we lied
To: ga@dnso.org

We said that "Our goal is to replace each and every one of the current Board members as soon as possible", ...but we lied. [19 July 1999 letter from Esther Dyson, ICANN Chair, to Becky Burr, Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs, DoC]

We said that "it is ICANN's highest priority to complete the work necessary to implement a workable At-Large membership structure and to conduct elections for the nine At-Large Directors that must be chosen by the membership", ...but we lied. [22 July 1999 testimony of Esther Dyson, ICANN Chair, before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations]

We said that "The bylaws now make it clear that the Board has an unconditional mandate to create a membership structure that will elect the At Large Directors of the Board", ...but we lied. [6 November 1998 letter from Esther Dyson, ICANN Chair, to Becky Burr, Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs, DoC]

We said that we will reserve Article II of our Bylaws "for use when the Corporation has members", ... but we lied. [ICANN by-laws revisions of 6 November 1998, 21 November 1998, 31 March 1999, 27 May 1999, 12 August 1999, 26 August 1999, and 27 September 1999]

We said that ICANN will "operate to the maximum extent feasible in an open and transparent manner and consistent with procedures designed to ensure fairness" ... but we lied. [ICANN by-laws 6 November 1999 to present]

We said that "ICANN must facilitate the translation of final documents into various appropriate languages" ...but we lied. [6 November 1998 letter from Esther Dyson, ICANN Chair, to Becky Burr, Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs, DoC]

We said that the task of the Independent Review Panel Nominating Committee "is well underway, and should be fully implemented within a few months" ...but we lied. [ICANN, 3 July 2001, Third Status Report to the Department of Commerce]

We said that "Some remain concerned that the Initial Board could simply amend the bylaws and remove the membership provisions that we have just described above. We commit that this will not happen." ... but we lied. [6 November 1998 letter from Esther Dyson, ICANN Chair, to Becky Burr, Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs, DoC]

How many more lies to the US Government should be tolerated? Would anyone like to offer a rationale as to why this incumbent ICANN management should be trusted? All I see is lies and more lies.

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