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Username: Garry Anderson
Date/Time: Sat, October 27, 2001 at 8:54 AM GMT
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Subject: ICANN Stifling Public's Voice?


ICANN Stifling Public's Voice? is the headline on InternetNews.,,8_911711,00.html

What I want to know is - why have they added a question mark at the end?


Despite what critics call overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the committee formed to determine how the Internet should be run finds that less, not more, individual representation is needed at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The committee's decision to reduce the number of elected ICANN directors from nine to six is a direct violation of ICANN's promise to the Department of Commerce and the worldwide Internet community, critics say.

Four of ICANN's original board members, which were selected to serve a one-year term, decided to stay after the DoC approved the contract with the non-profit Marina Del Ray, Calif.-based organization in 1998. At the time, they cited a need to keep some continuity in the organization. Four at-large seats were given to the newly dubbed "board squatters," who have remained on the board since.


When have ICANN ever took any notice of what anybody else has said?

Other than Big Business and the Trademark Lobby, of course.


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