I would like to elaborate further regarding my previous posting shown above in the
general section. Sorry for the format, but I felt that applying the case study
method made the most sense. It's an effective way of communicating both the
issues and solutions. Thanks!
To ICANN, Applicants & Internet Community
The decision making process has not been sufficiently announced to the
outside world. Such inaction is especially troublesome given the fact that
it's taking place during a time when the media's attention is being stretched thin
by several other important events. ICANN needs to compete more effectively
for media coverage.
Recommended Course of Action:
Extend the decision making
process beyond the U.S. Presidential Elections by a few weeks. Extending the
decision making process would provide a more equitable platform for the following
reasons: 1)many more individuals will have an opportunity to participate; and 2)
the applicants will be treated more equitably since some of their postings were delayed
(for whatever reason) thereby allowing all applicants to enjoy the same amount of
ICANN can also print ads in the press and run announcements
on the radio, both very effective mediums in reaching out to the public. Such
announcements can be done quickly and affordably. As for cost, ICANN pulled
in about $2.35 million (47 applicants x $50k). I think the organization can
afford this undertaking given what's at stake.
We've waited over
four years to reach this point. What's a few more weeks given the amount of
money, time, and effort that has been invested thus far on expanding the infrastructure
of the internet.
Significant Factors (not all inclusive):
1) Many individuals
are posting messages of an emotional nature. This is being done, in part, because
there is limited time in which to debate the complex issues. This, in turn,
has led to a sense of desparation for those involved thus far.
2) The U.S. Presidential
Election and the middle east crises (both obviously very important issues) have absorbed
a significant portion of the media's attention from this very important issue.
3) The World Series is upon us, and as such, it will absorb an additional amount
of media coverage, especially since the games will be held in New York (good for
4) Several other good reasons which I've neglected to include in the
interest of time (but please feel free to add any points that I've missed if you
Thank you for taking the time to hear me out.