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ICANN's mandate

  • To: revised-settlement@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: ICANN's mandate
  • From: "icann not" <icannnot@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 20:10:23 -0800

What is ICANN's mandate to speak on behalf of the Internet community as a

How does ICANN as an institution acquire the credibility that it acts with
the best interests of the Internet community?

Karl Auerbach, who was elected to the ICANN board, strongly opposes the
proposed settlement.

Why did ICANN do away with electing its board members?

How can unelected board members speak with more credibility than a person
who has been elected?

How can ICANN expect to have any credibility when it-

a)       folds in the face of pressure from one large company;

b)       agrees to impose monopoly taxes on the world at large to get this
company off its back;

c)       agrees to continue the monopoly forever to get this large company
off its back;

d)       agrees to allow this company which has been entrusted with a highly
profitably monopoly, to use its monopoly position to expand into new areas
of business thereby destroying the businesses of established companies and
extending its monopoly into formerly competitive arenas;

e)       takes a share of the dirty profits itself, by taking a payoff from

f)         behaves just like a regulator that has been taken captive by the
company it is supposed to regulate;

g)       is composed of unelected, unrepresentative board members.

How can the intelligent, well-meaning members of ICANN permit this travesty?

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