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Update On The Domain Name Wars
- To: Becky Burr <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Esther Dyson <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Mike Roberts <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: Update On The Domain Name Wars
- From: Jay Fenello <Jay@Iperdome.com>
- Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 13:33:13 -0400
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"The notion that journalism can regularly produce a product
that violates the fundamental interests of media owners and
advertisers ... is absurd."
-- Robert McChesney, journalist and author
"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one
of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country
has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media
all objectivity - much less dissent. "
-- Gore Vidal, novelist and critic
For weeks, I've documented the blatant media
blackout of the true story about ICANN. At
first, few believed that this was possible,
or that it was occurring.
But over time, thanks to the Internet's ability
to monitor many news outlets simultaneously, most
of the "rational" explanations for this blackout
have been eliminated.
What remains is a documented historical record
of the role the media has played in the takeover
of the Internet. This record is visible in the
ICANN archives, and will be invaluable as the
excesses of ICANN eventually begin to impact
everyone using the Internet.
And while many of the largest media outlets
(Reuters, ZiffDavis, News.com) have refused
to tell their readers the "untold" story about
ICANN, there have been a few brave publishers,
editors, and reporters who have been willing
to break ranks.
Here is the latest from InternetWeek, a
At 12:06 PM 9/22/99 , Jay Fenello wrote:
>Update On The Domain Name Wars: Is ICANN Out Of Control?
>BILL FREZZA September 20, 1999
>What would you call a system of governance run by a cabal of unelected elites that pays lip service to the free market by leaving the means of production in private hands while arrogating to itself the power to banish anyone that disobeys its self-pronounced edicts? History calls it fascism. In cyberspace, we call it ICANN.
>Purportedly established to privatize the DNS registry previously administered under monopoly contract by Network Solutions Inc., ICANN has metastasized into a policy-making body that is but one step from achieving independence, armed with a charter that allows it to extend its mandate wherever it chooses.
>So what lies ahead? ICANN will probably be granted its tax revenue after agreeing to some nominal controls. But no matter how ICANN evolves, no matter who ends up directing it or its successor, the power to dictate the contents of the domain name root servers will eventually be abused. This is not a comment about the nature of the Internet but rather the nature of power.
Given the continuing support of this takeover by
the media, by the world's largest multi-national
corporations (www.gip.org), and by the academics
at the Berkman Center, I must agree with Bill --
ICANN will probably get the go-ahead, and eventually,
the glaring faults with ICANN will create a single,
centralized power as the world has never known before.
In closing, here are some quotes that predict our
future better than I can:
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the
freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of
those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
-- James Madison
"Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of corruption
in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor
to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the
people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ...
and the Republic is destroyed."
-- Abraham Lincoln
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