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ICANN to Net users: No, you can't
June 28, 2002
ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, unanimously passed the resolution at its quarterly meeting, clearing one of the most controversial issues in the development of the 4-year-old organization.
Under a radical new system, the online election of individual Internet users to the group's executive board has been abolished.
Instead, the 19-member board of directors will be drawn from representatives of technical, business, government and nonprofit organizations. It will have ultimate say over future policy matters that govern the fundamental domain name system for the Internet.
Its chief executive, Stuart Lynn, said the vote was an important step for the global body, as it would demonstrate to lawmakers that ICANN is committed to reform. ICANN has also faced criticism that it is overly influenced by American groups.
Some ICANN members questioned the move. Youn Jung Park, a member of the noncommercial domain name holders group from South Korea, called the decision to exclude the Internet community at large an "unsatisfactory development."
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