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RE: [wg-b] Japanese Sunrise Program

At 15:05 6/10/00 -0400, Hartman, Steve wrote:
>I don't know what the article or what Japan did proves about the Sunrise
>Proposal, but the reaction of those wg-b members below writing about the
>matter shows that, like the Japanese discovered hiding on a island years
>after WW2 ended, they are still fighting the war.

Steve, do you mean that Victory has already been declared? :-)

>A question I've thought about alot over the past few months is whether the
>Internet lends itself to serious debate about deeply felt issues or held
>beliefs. As difficult as it is to reach consensus on such issues in
>face-to-face meetings, well established social conventions encourage
>civility and there are informal and formal rules of procedure that we are
>accustomed to. The social customs and practices that foster civil behavior
>in face-t0-face communication are lacking in on-line communications.

In the real world, when strongly held beliefs are defended , people can be
a lot less civil than the genteel conversations that we have seen so far in
WG -B.
Need I mention Seattle, Melbourne or other places where frustrated people
end up throwing stones?

How can people at the receiving end reach "consensus" about what is a naked
power grab?   

Why is it that  powerful Brands (they can "squash ICANN like a bug"
according to a less diplomatic Cybersharque) want to write new rules with
consequences for us all (and great benefits to themselves) instead of
adjusting themselves and all their existing legal and lobbying power to the
promises that the Net gives to all, in terms of Brand building?

Is it too much to come out of the jungle with our hands raised and ask that
the Famous Names lobby please refrain from abusing their already
considerable power?
Perhaps we could reach consensus about that. 
Would he-who-pays-you allow that?


--Joop Teernstra LL.M.--  
the Cyberspace Association and 
the constituency for Individual Domain Name Owners