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Re: [d@DCC] ICANN approves six user community groups

From: Sandy Harris <sandy _-at-_ storm.ca>
To: General Discussion <discuss (at) digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2004 11:36:56 +0800
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tOM Trottier wrote:

> ICANN approves six user community groups
> 
> Organization takes first step toward giving individuals a voice in how the 
> Internet is run

If you know anything of the history, that statement appears as a joke
in exceedingly poor taste.

ICANN is incorprated as a 'public interest' corporation and was 
originally supposed to have over half its Board of Directors
publicly elected.

They did have a few elected directors for a while, never a majority
and never very effective against entrenched special interests.

One of those directors had to sue the corporation to get access to
its records. He won.
http://www.eff.org/Infra/DNS_control/ICANN_IANA_IAHC/Auerbach_v_ICANN/

Now there are no elected directors. The organisation has been almost
entirely taken over by various special interests -- notably Versign
and the copyright lobbyists.

This report that they are building a 'company union' should be clearly
seen for the onvious fraud it is.

For reasonably accurate info on these issues see the EFF archive
http://www.eff.org/Infra/DNS_control/

and, even better, http://www.icannwatch.org/



> By John Blau, IDG News Service December 17, 2003   
>  
> The "At-Large" groups aim to engage individual Internet users in ICANN 
> activities at the local or issue level and generally foster a greater 
> understanding of, and participation in, the Net governing process, the Marina 
> del Rey, California, organization said Tuesday. 
> 
> Certification of the At-Large organizations comes after ICANN's board approved 
> a framework in June for establishing local, regional, and global user groups. 
> 
> Repeating remarks made after the June decision, ICANN President and Chief 
> Executive Officer Paul Twomey said in a statement that the groups will ensure 
> that the voice of different sectors of the Internet community will be "more 
> distinctly heard" and their views "more effectively taken into account" when 
> ICANN takes action on issues of interest to the user community. 
> 
> In Europe, ICANN's At-Large Advisory Committee certified four groups: 
> Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft eV, Internet Society 
> Bulgaria, Internet Society Luxembourg A.S.B.L. and Societa' Internet. 
> 
> Elsewhere, the committee approved the Arab Knowledge Management Society in the 
> Asian-Pacific and Australian region, and Alfa-Redi in the Latin America and 
> Caribbean Island region. 
> 
> The committee has been encouraging interested, qualified groups in all 
> geographic regions to become certified At-Large members.
> 
> Information about At-Large applications is available on the Web at: 
> http://www.alac.icann.org/applications
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