[At-Large] ITU versus ICANN

McTim dogwallah at gmail.com
Sat Oct 9 16:39:17 UTC 2010


On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 7:34 PM, Sivasubramanian M <isolatedn at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 9:47 PM, John R. Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:
> > > 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.
> >
> These legal complications were probably well understood, yet this proposal
> surfaced, at the ITU Plenipotentiary. Irrespective of the legal feasibility
> or workability, this was calculatedly brought up. The Internet Community is
> silent on this

Well there are a variety of Internet Community folk in Guadalajara,
providing advice and doing capacity building.  Unfortunately, they are not
allowed inside the meeting proper to have a voice.


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