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||"The Internet Parliament" to govern ICANN
One proposal would be that anyone who has a website should have a vote towards an
Internet Parliament. This would give, say, Coca Cola no more influence than my granny.|
website owners would still only get ONE vote.
The Internet Parliament should be
made up of representatives of all countries, arguably with appropriate weighting
given to countries according to the scale of internet activity.
This Internet Parliament
would have the right to HIRE and FIRE any ICANN member.
Of course I can see plenty
of difficult arguments : what about countries where dictatorships exist? Could we
rely on the authenticity of Chinese web-users in the context of state-suppression
of unpopular sites? Would sex sites rule the world?
But in reality, with a process
of evolution, I could see the vast bulk of internet users over-ruling the crackpots.
I could see a rational group of representatives (non-paid) acting benevolently in
the interests of the whole world internet community.
What a great organisation
that would be!
They would say to ICANN: "Answer these 50 questions!" and they'd
have to answer satisfactorily, or they'd be fired.
What was it Shakespeare said?
are such stuff as dreams are made of..."
If enough people conceive something strongly
enough, it can come about.