[At-Large] ITU versus ICANN
franck.martin at gmail.com
Sat Oct 9 19:12:05 UTC 2010
Most of the time, I see ITU initiatives with the Internet as distractions. We will spend lot of time and efforts in dealing with them while we could focus our efforts to more important things, like getting ICANN right.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John R. Levine" <johnl at iecc.com>
To: "At-Large Worldwide" <at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
Sent: Saturday, 9 October, 2010 9:17:20 AM
Subject: Re: [At-Large] ITU versus ICANN
> 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.
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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