[At-Large] ICANN Accountability Mechanisms

Theo Geurts atlarge at dcx.nl
Thu Dec 30 21:00:09 UTC 2021

DHH is not tied to the blockchain/nft in this case as explained and as demonstrated in the DI comment section. 

It seems however that ICANN GDD has issues wrapping their heads around how the blockchain works and that is not unusual as most folks have no idea how blockchain tech works. 

Most folks think that bitcoin is untraceable. While there are issues identifying the owner of the wallet you can perfectly track the transactions. 


On Thu, Dec 30, 2021, at 8:45 PM, Barry Shein via At-Large wrote:
> In the ~10 years I attended ICANN meetings my impression was that
> there was a lot of talent and knowledge by participants in governance.
> Much more than, for example, the technical organizations I've been
> involved in.
> Governance is an actual field of knowledge and not just a way to
> describe results for better or worse. "You cut, I choose, the rest is
> commentary" to paraphrase Hillel.
> Yet despite that knowledge there seemed to be a broad resistance to
> implementing sound governance practices. Those in any position to do
> so seemed to take an attitude that any such implementation would
> threaten what they imagined were their own "insider" advantages.
> Not surprisingly due to lack of sound governance and accountability
> this tended to backfire on any such plans as the organization grew to
> the point that the administrative activities trumped policy and
> overarching principled considerations often only honored in the
> breach.
> To use a term recently popular in US government circles ICANN grew a
> "deep state".
> There was an edifice of individuals, mostly the same individuals over
> and over, with titles which would appear to be in a position to
> implement sound governance yet seemed repelled by it lest it threaten
> their own interests.
> And there was a large and ever-growing, and quite necessary,
> administrative bureaucracy who, again not unlike criticisms of the US
> government, saw that edifice as short-timers (perhaps not individually
> but in their shifting titles and roles), part-timers, mostly unpaid
> volunteers (or paid by external, interested parties), often acting as
> a mutual admiration society, and with perhaps nothing better to do
> than try to meddle in that administrative bureaucracy on which many
> millions of dollars and much detailed implementation responsibility
> rested.
> It's not surprising, to me, that we are where we are. Particularly in
> an organization without any ties to a plebiscite.
> -- 
>         -Barry Shein
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