[CWG-Stewardship] NTIA's Role in Root Zone Management

manning bill bmanning at isi.edu
Tue Jan 20 19:03:48 UTC 2015

I am not sure that is the primary concern.   Granted, the Internet has slowed down, almost to the point where it moves at the speed of the legal  system, but there is the very real concern that choices made by ICANN are implemented/deployed on one time scale and the legal system moves on a very different time scale. The interstitial gap between the two is where opportunistic money will be made.

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On 20January2015Tuesday, at 10:56, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com> wrote:

> Milton,
> I am amazed about reading this. Are you telling us that the ICANN CEO
> and Board are above the law and cannot be prosecuted if they run amok?
> That is an excellent example of FUD. Let's please get back down to earth.
> Kind regards,
> Olivier
> On 20/01/2015 17:01, Milton L Mueller wrote:
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: David Conrad [mailto:david.conrad at icann.org]
>>> So you honestly believe the accountability arrangements for Enron,
>>> Waste Management, Stanford Financial, Country Wide, Worldcom, Tyco,
>>> HealthSouth, FreddieMac, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bernie Madoff LLC., Saytam,
>>> Parmalat, Baninter, Olympus, Recruit, Adelphia, etc., etc., ad nauseum, are
>>> better than ICANN's?
>> This is teetering on the brink of being a stupid conversation. But let me point out that all of the companies you mention have either been prosecuted, gone out of business or their CEOs are in jail. So, yeah, I think there is some accountability there. 
>> My point was not that "private, for-profit" is "better" than "nonprofit." My point was that we do not have the foggiest idea who ICANN's board is accountable to other than NTIA. It has not members. It has no shareholders. It has no competition. 
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