Esther Dyson on ICANN Reform
Date: Monday June 17 2002, @11:12AM
Topic: ICANN Staff and Structure

Esther Dyson published an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal today saying that "ICANN is weak and powerless" and "should remain weak and powerless" -- except that it needs more staff and money. Nothing directly about the at-large, about online elections, or about the rejection of the ALSC report, although Ms. Dyson does suggest that "The departing president and senior staff need to be replaced with fresh blood that will welcome constructive criticism." The online version is only available to subscribers, but herewith a few other choice quotes.

  • ICANN "fills an important vacuum. It is, in a way, the center of the Internet, dictating policies and picking managers for who gets to call themselves wsj.com or fbi.gov."
  • "The trouble is that despite some early successes, ICANN suffers from a flawed decision-making structure and lacks adequate staffing and funding."
  • "There is no way that Commerce could now reassert U.S. authority without causing an international battle and perhaps ceding ICANN to an organization like the U.N."
  • ICANN "needs a management and board structure that would make it accountable not just to corporations and engineers but to individual users."
  • ICANN "needs to ratify global consensus only where it should exist, and leave the rest of the issues -- serving the poor, policing fraud, setting prices -- up to local societies, governments or markets."

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Re: Esther Dyson on ICANN Reform
by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Monday June 17 2002, @11:17AM (#7231)
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"The trouble is that despite some early successes, ICANN suffers from a flawed decision-making structure and lacks adequate staffing and funding."

Translation: The trouble is that even though I am claiming that I did stellar work early on, once I left, ICANN just completely collapsed.

Ester Dyson has no shame.

++Peter
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Re: Esther Dyson on ICANN Reform
by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Monday June 17 2002, @05:09PM (#7236)
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Yes, and who only got .INFO because they failed to complete their attempted theft of .WEB.

++Peter
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Re: Scrapping ICANN for bare-faced shame
by ANNODOMINI2000 (reversethis-{KU.OC.OOHAY} {ta} {D0002DA}) on Monday June 17 2002, @11:47PM (#7237)
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I Second that Proposal.
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