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[Comment-Dnso] Re: [IFWP] As ICANN unravels ISOC launches Smear campaign against Milton Meuller and Michael Sondow

Gordon and all,

  Thank you for sharing this information.  I am cc'ing this response to others
on other lists that this does pertain to and they may find quite reveling.

  I can only say that it is not surprising that the ISOC, and in spicific Don
Heath are enguaged in such activities as this sort of behavior by Mr. Heath
was atempted towards Jim Dixon some time ago.  I was not however
aware of the direct involvment of Vinton Cref of his possible complicity
in these sort of activities and find it rather surprising to sayt he least.

Gordon Cook wrote:

> I have heard now from two sources that ISOC, which kept the non commercial
> domain holders constituency from being recognized in Berlin by saying it
> couldn't give a milimeter on behalf of its 30 constituents, is now engaged
> in a smear campaign against meuller and sondow, a campaign squarely aimed
> at getting the ACM to repudiate its involvement with Professor Meuller and
> Kathy Klieman on the grounds that meuller and klieman allegedly sold out to
> the "infamous" Michael Sondow.
> The ACM is rather bigger than any of the 30 organizations gathered for the
> plucking by ISOC's Heath and Vint Cerf.  Buty it is hard for ISOC to ignore
> that someone has a voice that could be more authoritative than its own.
> They claim that Meuller has sullied the name of the ACM by sitting down
> with sondow and are turning their propaganda guns against the ACM's Barbara
> Simons hoping to get her to repudiate Meullers action.  They claim that
> even Vint Cerf has been drafted into the fray and has sent Simmons
> complaining email. How quickly they forget Mueller's speech to their geneva
> meeting last june.
> Possibly Cerf, Mike Roberts and Heath are growing increasingly upset that
> their well orchestrated campaign to install the internets first global
> regulatory authority (ICANN) is coming under fire.  First from David
> Johnson who said NSI would refuse to abrogate the rights of its 4 million
> registrees by signing them away to ICANN and by impplication that NSI would
> not collect the dollar per name tax on which ICANN depends for its budget
> beginning July 1.  George Conrades, IBM's surrogate board member shot back
> to johnson the absurd remark:  welll you won't be a registrar.  Such action
> by ICANN would ensure a split root because there is no way that NSI could
> or should allow IBM's interests to put it out of business.
> But worse for ICANN are the signs that Dave Farber may be having serious
> doubts:  on saturday may 29 he published the following note to his IP list:
> From: Dave Farber <farber@cis.upenn.edu>
> Subject: IP: " icann is not doing right"
> Mime-Version: 1.0
> Sender: owner-ip-sub-1@admin.listbox.com
> Precedence: list
> Reply-To: farber@cis.upenn.edu
> >I received this note from an old friend who is a early internet commercial
> >player and very established in the industry (and senior). I am circulating
> >it anonymously but can assure people the person is real  and sane as
> >anyone is.
> Dave
> >Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 11:02:55 -0400
> >To: farber@cis.upenn.edu
> >From:
> >
> >David,
> >A warning for you.  ICANN is violating the trust we gave it.  We will begin
> >to withdraw our support soon and begin to support the opposition.  I so
> >hate to do this, but there is no choice.  Damn them all for their stupidity
> >in dealing with the community this way.
> Cook: Thus Cerf and Heaths carefully laid plains are unraveling and in
> apparent desparation, they move to intimidate the ACM's Barbara Simmons. I
> hope and believe that Barbara and the ACM will display substantial
> neccesssary to resist them.
> I call on Vint and Don heath to bring their smear campaign into the open
> and let the rest of us see the holly wrath of ISOC.
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