abcNEWS: Can ICANN?

An abcNEWS article, titled Can ICANN?, discusses various aspects of ICANN reform, with Michael Froomkin as one of their interview partners. Ross Rader has already commented on Froomkin’s remark that meetings outside the US mean less transparency. …

An abcNEWS article, titled Can ICANN?, discusses various aspects of ICANN reform, with Michael Froomkin as one of their interview partners. Ross Rader has already commented on Froomkin’s remark that meetings outside the US mean less transparency. What is more interesting (thanks to A.S. for the heads-up!) is the remark on a possible “re-bid” of ICANN’s functions when the MoU expires in September: It isn’t an attractive problem [for Commerce] to fix. Now, dear friends from the American NGO community, where are your contingency plans just in case ICANN should continue to exist? Where’s the blueprint for a consumer interests’ constituency? Quite frankly, I agree with much of the recent criticism against ICANN. But I’m missing contributions from certain groups on ICANN’s actual business.