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I have had a fond spot for Bakunin since I read the E. H. Carr biography ~ 1962, my second year in college.  I would probably get a lot more out of it today.  :-)

I agree that what to do next with ICANN is problematic.  I am generally not a fan of privatization nor of US hegemony, especially given how it has been exercised.  The only thing that has been a positive to date is that the tech community and interested companies in the USA have succeeded in fending off most heavy handed attempts at government intervention.  Posts about proposed regulation in Europe combined with what we have seen from China, Vietnam etc. and what we know about mid-east countries such as Saudi Arabia, Syria etc. do not leave me all warm and fuzzy about the prospects for international control either.  Any suggestions?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 10:41:32 AM EST
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If I knew what I was talking about, I would first look for what would be the ideal situation, what we would imagine would be best given a perfect planet and perfect wonderful open and responsive governments around the globe (and beyond if those little critters weren't so dang'd obnoxious all the time.)

But I don't know the details of this. Probably the net is pretty immune to one group grabbing it, since there are so many interconnected repeaters built into the systems already.

I suspect that the only thing at this point is to keep ICANN but keep it on its toes. Make it absolutely open and much more responsive. I can only imagine that the US protection and influence is making them more clever then they need to be.

But, I am not an expert.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 01:30:15 PM EST
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