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Re: [d@DCC] ICANN approves six user community groups
From: Sandy Harris <sandy _-at-_ storm.ca>
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 > ---- Quidquid latine dictum sit altum viditur ---- > ,__@ tOM Trottier +1 613 231-6115 > _-\_<, 758 Albert St.,Ottawa ON Canada K1R 7V8 > (*)/'(*) N45.412 W75.714 > I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too > much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. > -Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826) > > > -- > For (un)subscription information, posting guidelines and > links to other related sites please see http://www.digital-copyright.ca > > -- For (un)subscription information, posting guidelines and links to other related sites please see http://www.digital-copyright.ca
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