I know it's confusing. The initially baffling particulars
of the "gTLD" management proposal are discussed in
Sense" and its
appendixes, and you may not get the references in the
statements from the "Committees
of Correspondence." A
whole new batch of details converges upon the brain from
my new ICANN
If technophobia and fear of the
unknown is making you say all this is too esoteric,
please consider the dangers of staying ignorant.
As discussed in "Global Sense,"
given the interactivity between the media and society and
our personal lives, the systems we adopt for governing
the Internet will deeply influence the systems we'll
adopt for governing ourselves. Autocracy in Internet
management breeds autocracy in the wider world.
You Are a
If we wish to live in societies
where we might practice personal democracy, we can help
ourselves and our children's children by working for
democratic governance of the domain name system
and the whole Internet. Consider all the options in the
spectrum from tyranny to freedom. The choice is ours.
Each one of us. As a global network stakeholder by
natural right, why not educate yourself and take charge
of how the Internet affects you?
The weblinks in this report only hint at the thousands
of resources for Internet governance now online
worldwide. I'll keep these pages as timely as my
freelancing schedule allows, yet all of the standard
reliability disclaimers apply. Caveat Emptor. Via con
of Network Democracy
After trying the links provided
here, please access your favorite search engine and go
exploring, perhaps using the keywords that keep appearing
in this section -- ICANN, gtld-mou, domain name system,
dns, Internet governance, network democracy, etc. Gather
as much data as you can absorb, then relax. Gently "hold
the question" of network democracy while the information
distills into knowledge, as understanding refines into
wisdom. Allow a gestalt to emerge. Your soul already
knows what to do. You'll listen when ready.
Once you have a vision for network governance that
pleases you, talking about the issues among your friends
and family is a great place to start interacting in our
world and transforming our world. As you feel more
confident, contact leaders and voice your views.
The squeaky wheel gets greased.
If enough of us get
informed and then
involved, if enough of
us send short, polite messages to the players in this
global game, regardless of our positions, our actions
make democracy stronger, let
alone alter the outcome of this historic contest.
Speak and be heard.
Will our Internet be governed by
private corporations or by the global Internet community?
Paraphrasing Thomas Paine, the cause of a democratic
Internet is the cause of humankind.
(Tip: Observe the
top-level domain variations on ".com" in URL and
email addresses for clues to our domain name