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