[At-Large] [lac-discuss-en] Vistaprint is abandoning .vista

Karl Auerbach karl at cavebear.com
Tue Jul 17 23:22:05 UTC 2018

On 7/17/18 11:08 AM, bzs at theworld.com wrote:
> I'll assert this is a problem in ICANN's governance structure.
> Let's not just argue for the sake of arguing. There might be a very
> real problem here.
I think it is a real problem.  Let's do a mind experiment.  In that 
experiment let us hypothesize that every single user of the internet 
wants to make a change to ICANN.  Every single user of the internet, 
that is, except those who sit in one of ICANN's other "stakeholder" 
categories, such as a registry owner or standards body or government etc.

Could that vast majority of internet users require that ICANN change?

No they could not.  ICANN has created too much insulation and empowered 
the very few to block the will of the overwhelming majority.

ICANN is far too much of a money pump into the pockets of certain 
"stakeholder" interests - For instance registries get more than a 
$Billion a year in fiat, never audited, never questioned registry fees 
out of the pockets of internet users.   Those registry "stakeholders" 
will make sure that ICANN never gives enough power to those who pay into 
that river of money to raise questions about whether that river is 


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