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Speaking of verification (and saving money)
Here is an exchange I just had off list regarding ICANN's proposed
means of verifying something (though, despite trying for the
purpose of this note I can not define what) for voting purposes.
> Have you seen AT&T Online <http://www.catalog.att.com/eatt/>?
> sign up for service, pay with a credit card, and view your
> (including specific calls made on your account) online
> Why does AT&T do this over the Internet? Does it save money?
Is it sufficiently veracious?
> Could ICANN conduct its elections with such technology?
The IDNO has a working electronic voting system. A bit clunky,
I've heard that the ISOC voting mechanism is somewhat expensive to
because it involves so much paper.
I know that a lot of places (including Wells Fargo) are pushing
use electronic voting mechanisms to deal with shareholder matters
(especially for things regarding investment trusts, mutual funds,
people can buy into. I know this because they are hounding me by
telephone to do things electronically. ;-)
> How would online processing affect ICANN's ability to charge a
small membership fee (as some propose)? Would it change the
amount necessary to "net" a "profit" over the cost of billing and
When I worked at Wells Fargo Bank (a long time ago, at the dawn of
Age of Automatic Teller Machines), the cost to serve an ATM based
transaction was something like $0.50 while the cost of a human
teller based transaction was something like $5.00.