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ICANN requests Dave Farber not to refer to it as the "InternetOversight Board" "All you have to do is delay the truth until it nolonger matters" - Napoleon

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  • From: Gordon Cook < >
  • Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 13:47:11 -0400

This morning Dave Farber posted the following to his IP list and to the IFWP list.

Calling ICANN the Internet's Oversight Board was not a 'misconception'. It was in fact an accurate analysis by Jerri Claussing of the New York Times. Claussing has been watching what they do as well as what they say they are doing.

ICANN's protestations aside, anyone who has followed this carefully is well aware that ICANN is creating an extensive framework for Internet policy oversight. That ICANN is so enormously sensitive about this speaks volumes about their desire to manipulate public opinion in such a way that understanding of where they are going does not arrive until it is too late. The sad story is that if you read only their point of view, they look reasonable. The sadder story is that it is working as the Markle Foundation, in all innocence, now seems to be interested in assisting them with their "democratic" goals. The saddest point of all is that if you do not spend an inordinate amount of time following the complexities of ICANN 's actions, you will never understand why many of us are extremely upset with them.

"All you have to do is delay the truth until it no longer matters" - Napoleon

To: David Farber farber@localhost
From: edyson@localhost (Esther Dyson)
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 09:18:26 -0400

WHy does it need to be ICANN itself who does this?  Does no one else have
the right to correct misconceptions? <g>

Regardless, may I please ask you on behalf of ICANN to avoid the use of
oversight in referring to ICANN outside of direct quotes?  (By all means
please send this to the list.)


At 09:30 pm 08/28/1999 -0400, David Farber wrote:
>At 4:57 PM -0700 8/28/99, Anon wrote:
>>I know the press refers to ICANN as the "Internet Oversight Board" but
>>that's a horrible misconception that causes trouble.  For example,
>>the ICANN does not oversee Internet Standards (that's IETF business)
>>nor most aspects of managing the Internet (that's done by NANOG if anyone).
>At 4:57 PM -0700 8/28/99, anon wrote:
>>So can I ask that in the future, even if the article says "oversight"
>>you refrain from using the term in your forwarded messages :-)
>My standard reply is no one from ICANN has taken the initiative to
>take the press to task for such misunderstanding . When they do I
>will forward it to IP and with all other such misperceptions

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