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[Nettime-bold] Internet Governance - UPDATE
Jay Fenello on 14 Feb 2001 05:54:50 -0000

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>To: awpd {AT} yahoogroups.com
>From: Jay Fenello <jay {AT} fenello.com>
>Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 00:09:41 -0500
>Subject: [awpd] Internet Governance - UPDATE
>For everyone who is interested in what's wrong with our
>country, our society, our government, and our world ...
>... Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT), Chairman of the Communications 
>Subcommittee of the Senate's Commerce, Science, and Transportation 
>Committee, will be holding hearings on ICANN tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. 
>in room 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building.  
>ICANN is the secretive new Internet Governance body formed
>under the Clinton administration back in 1998.  Critics charge
>that it is a front for multinational corporations who seek to 
>control the world-wide Internet, much like the WTO currently
>controls world-wide Trade.  In fact, they are both based on
>the same model.
>The witnesses at tomorrow's hearing include Mike Roberts, 
>ICANN president and one of the insiders who has controlled 
>the organization since its inception.  
>Opposite Mike is Karl Auerbach, the North American At-Large 
>Director recently elected in the world's first global election.  
>Karl is a strong critic of the ICANN takeover, especially the 
>recent changes in decision making within the ICANN Board.  
>Since the election, almost all decisions are now being made by 
>an "executive committee," a subset of the ICANN board designed 
>to keep the new Directors out of the process.
>Expect *fireworks* at tomorrow's sessions!!!
>Last week, the House held similar hearings.
>Here are some memorable quotes from that one:
>"[ICANN] appears to be accountable to no one except 
>perhaps God Almighty." -- Dingell
>"Events at the Vatican are shrouded in less mystery 
>than the process by which ICANN chooses TLDs" -- Markey 
>"ICANN has the authority to set public policy for the 
>Internet, and it's got a history of perhaps trying to 
>overstep that power." -- Sheffield
>To learn more about last week's hearings, see also:
>ICANN Under Attack (Network World Fusion)
>U.S. Lawyers Criticize ICANN (Reuters) 
>ICANN Chairman Responds To House Charges 
>Cerf's Up! Congress Grills ICANN Chair on Domain Names 
>Domain Name Selection Process Under Fire
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Jay Fenello
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