[At-Large] ITU versus ICANN

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Sat Oct 9 16:17:20 UTC 2010

> One proposal from Russian-speaking countries has gone so far as to call for
> scrapping the GAC, and have ITU give itself veto power over all ICANN board
> decisions. Even a compromise would essentially undermine the finality of any
> ICANN Board policy.

It's hard to see how the ITU could force itself on ICANN.  The US 
government would have to agree, which seems rather unlikely.  As someone 
else has noted, as a California non-profit ICANN cannot give anyone a veto 
over the board, so it would have to reincorporate somewhere else, or the 
US would have to sign a treaty specifically giving the ITU that authority.

Fat chance.

Sometimes when it sounds like a lot of hot air, it really is a lot of hot 
air.  I entirely agree that ICANN has a lot of self-inflicted wounds and 
self-generated enemies, but this isn't going anywhere.


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