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Username: Jim Fleming
Date/Time: Tue, October 30, 2001 at 2:07 AM GMT
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Subject: Karl Auerbach - ICANN is a body in serious need of reform


      >Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 16:12:46 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Karl Auerbach
>Unlike Mr. Roberts, I have not surrendered my principles to the terrorists
>who so heinously attacked our democratic nation last month.
>ICANN is a body in serious need of reform.  And I reject Mr. Roberts
>assertion that in order to fight terrorism we must either love ICANN or
>leave it, that those of us who criticise ICANN's form or acts must shut-up
>and unquestioningly accept whatever is handed down to us.
>I would suggest that the mediaeval mentality embodied in Mr. Roberts
>statement is more likely to sew dragons' teeth that will sprout as further
>hostility against our modern society.
>With respect to the security of the Internet, ICANN is more in the
>position of an observer than a player.  Yet despite its somewhat
>peripheral role, ICANN has taken a respite from its three year quest to
>elevate intellectual property and avoid public accountability:  ICANN is
>substituting its annual meeting with an event that promises to be a three
>day long chaperoned love-in about the security of the Internet's Domain
>Name System.
>To facilitate that discussion I have written a short note on some steps
>that I believe that ICANN could take, consistent with its charter, to
>protect DNS:
>                 --karl--



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