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Wednesday, February 01, 2006


ICANN snubs the ITU, again

Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg, and calling ICANN transparent doesn't make it so. It seems like every day lately we are gifted with new revelations about how ICANN hides and distorts the truth. An article at ICANNWatch reveals how correspondence from Houlin Zhao (director of the ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau) to ICANN CEO Paul Twomey has been hidden from view. The text of the letter:

Dear Paul,

On 15 December 2005, ITU-T Study Group 2 (SG2) has approved Recommendation E.910, Procedures for registering within the domain ".int". I attach a copy of the approved text.

First of all, I would like to thank you personally and your staff for the valuable inputs that you made concerning this Recommendation and I look forward to continuing cooperation with you and your staff on this matter.

As you probably know, the text in question has been endorsed by the United Nations Chief Executive Board for Coordination (CEB), and, taking into account the decision of the CEB, SG2 has requested that I transmit the Recommendation to ICANN when it is formally approved, requesting that ICANN inform me with respect to:

1. the process that ICANN will use to consider implementing the provisions of the Recommendation,
2. which, if any, provisions cannot be implemented,
3. the timetable for the implementation of the provisions that can be implemented.

SG2 understands that some of the proposed provisions may differ from the present registration policies and that some proposals may require further consultation, or be difficult to implement at present.
Both SG2 and I look forward to receiving, in due course, ICANN’s time-plans concerning implementation.

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