[wg-review] [CONSENSUS] " ICANN head pledges consensus "
Yes... "consensus", but there's still no definition... and there's even talk of
community input, no mention of *which* communities though. Also, the very
last line is quite interesting.
ICANN head pledges consensus
25 January 2001
The new head of the Internet's naming body says his main goal will be to
build consensus for policy decisions by involving Internet users worldwide.
M. Stuart Lynn, new president and chief executive of the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, also said his lack
of experience in ICANN policies would make him more impartial in dealing
with the controversies that have riven the group in the past and continue to
"I've followed ICANN for the past several years and have a sense of the
major issues," said the British-born Lynn, whose appointment to the high-
profile two-year position was announced this week.
"It's less important where I stand than how I am able to bring people
ICANN was established by the US government in October 1998 as a non-
profit group to oversee management of Web domain names, a task
previously handled by the government.
Besides overseeing policy and technical aspects of handing out new Web
domain names, it is also the final arbitrator on disputes involving the
ownership of Web site names.
"ICANN, as I see it, takes its lead not from me but from the Internet
community as a whole," Lynn, a 63-year-old former mathematics professor,
said in a conference call with journalists.
"The Board of Directors of ICANN sets the policy but the policy is based
very much on community input."
Lynn, who officially takes over March 13, was formerly the chief information
officer for the University of California system, with 10 campuses and more
than 150,000 students, until his retirement in 1999. His salary will be
US$245,000 per year, and his two-year contract can be extended an extra
Lynn has held a number of other executive positions with computing
organisations, and said his "geek credentials" include writing his first
computer program 43 years ago.
But ICANN has at various times been accused of being an ineffectual group
too beholden to corporate interests at the expense of ordinary Internet users,
as well being too US-centric.
Outgoing President and CEO Mike Roberts said he did not expect the new
administration of President George W. Bush to oppose ongoing privatisation
of domain name management duties from the government to ICANN.
"The basic principles of privatisation adopted by the Clinton administration
are very bi-partisan goals," he said.
"As long as we are following the roadmap set by the government, we should
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