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The Standard: Throwing Rocks at ICANN

Mar 29, 2000, 16:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Keith Perine)

"Esther Dyson and the board of ICANN can't seem to manage the business of administering Net domain names without creating controversy at every turn."

"Jon Postel, who created the Internet's naming system, directed the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, a predecessor to ICANN. In October 1998, Postel submitted to Congress a proposal for ICANN's creation."

"Postel's death was a huge blow to ICANN. Adrift without his guidance, the board made a bad situation worse by initially holding its meetings in secret, a practice which brought a chorus of condemnation from the Internet community."

"Since then, ICANN has made some gradual progress in its mission of broadening the process for registering Internet domain names. Among other things, the group has doubled the size of the ICANN board to 18 members. But rather than become the democratizing force Postel had imagined, ICANN has turned into a bureaucratic, quarrelsome mess, hamstrung by endless debates involving a wide range of competing interests."

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