From: "Ivor Deacon" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, Jul 3, 2006 4:55 AM
Subject: Internet Management
I have worked at an ISP for many years and the single largest
surely education. The Internet needs a champion body to educate
and serve as a single focal point for information.
I would suggest quasi-governmental body such as ICANN has
shown it is
willing to allow undue influence to be exerted (.xxx anyone?)
and so a
private sector body should be considered.
The internet has enough money rolling around it to make running
a viable business proposition, and so while we would suffer
profiteering such a body would indulge in, they would have
the money, power
and influence to crush issues like spam and viruses.
I appreciate government would like to control the Internet,
but I think it's
too important a development to allow the fluctuating political
numerous Governments over the decades to guide it's growth.
At least with a
private sector body money drives the policies and money is
driven by the
users, giving a degree of control and accountability.
Education is the main issue, and while a company like ICANN
stays in the
shadows and consorts with the US government, we'll all get
a stunted version
of the Internet.