Friday, February 01, 2002
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p i x e l v i e w
Leo Robert Klein is our latest p i x e l v i e w.
ICANN is still thrashing around in another attempt to regulate the Internet. The latest nugget is calling for an "expression of interest" for the formation of an At-Large Supporting Organization.
"Work with relevant entities to create the ALSO as a regionally-based framework for user involvement in ICANN;"
Acknowledging language barriers is a good start in addressing the regional portion of such global endeavour.
"Create an At-Large membership (an ALSO electorate) based on an identifiable and vested community to help select ALSO leadership and formulate ALSO policy recommendations (the ALSO would have "participants" comprised of anyone interested in participating in open, on-line discussion forums, and "members" comprised of a verifiable, vested community of users who register and pay a membership fee to participate in voting and policy development); and"
[My Italics] The "members" fee requirement is troubling as I see it as a poll tax. Poll Taxes are illegal. This also sets up the buying influence by large companies in the same way we have seen time and again. Ballot Box Stuffing anyone?
ICANN currently has enough money to fund operations. They are just real bad at spending it. What part of using the resources of the internet are they having problems with? E-mail? Community Boards? Websites?
"Provide At-Large members with the responsibility for selecting six members of ICANN's Board, and for selecting members of six Regional At-Large Councils (based on six geographic regions) and one global At-Large Council to help build and govern the ALSO."
Bob Frankston probably knows more about Connectivity and Telecommunications than most people on the planet. He has posted an essay on thses subjects that is well worth reading.
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