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Treating ICANN as a .gov agency: a proposal to the United Nations summit

Treating ICANN as a .gov agency: a proposal to the United Nations summit
Treating ICANN as a .gov agency: a proposal to the United Nations summit



Background on summit:
http://www.itu.int/wsis/ 

More:
http://www.politechbot.com/2005/10/19/anyone-going-to/ 
http://www.politechbot.com/2005/10/03/us-unilateral-control/ 

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: IP3: "ICANN Reform: Establishing the Rule of Law"
Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2005 20:18:19 -0500
From: Hans Klein  

The following is a policy analysis prepared for the
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS):

"ICANN Reform: Establishing the Rule of Law"

Abstract
=====Debates over Internet governance can be clarified by the
recognition that ICANN is a regulatory agency.  Its
responsibilities for setting base prices, protecting
trademarks, and controlling market entry are typical
of a regulatory agency.  Principles for good governance
of regulatory agencies exist and should be applied to
ICANN.  These emphasize the rule of law, i.e. reliance
on rules to limit power politics.

ICANN's history shows how private governance can be
captured by powerful players.  At WSIS governments
need to create and enforce a legally-defined framework
that limits the power of all stakeholders -- including
governments themselves.  By establishing the rule of law,
the politicized processes of ICANN can be replaced by
more predictable, fair, and efficient decision-making.

http://www.ip3.gatech.edu/images/ICANN-Reform_Establishing-the-Rule-of-Law.pdf 

Author: Hans Klein, Associate Professor of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology

Available at: www.IP3.gatech.edu 

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