In the midst of the overseeing the biggest change in the history of the Internet's global addressing system, ICANN President Fadi Chehade has inexplicably embarked on a high-stakes battle over the very future of his organization and its relationship to world governments — at the expense of the private sector's historical role in Internet governance.
Worse, Fadi's global government gambit could have serious repercussions for the future of the Internet.
Fadi is not the first ICANN president who sought to break ICANN's legacy links to the USA. But where previous ICANN leaders restrained themselves to rhetoric, Fadi is now neck-deep in a geo-political current where non-US governments are pushing for an end to the US role in assigning the IANA contract for allocating addresses and managing
Adding Africa to the Case:
ICANN has long been the greatest promoter of the Multi Stakeholder process where every upcoming development issue was managed in a bottom up process.
However having been interested in the New gTLD game, and blogging about it since it started, I was just beginning to start questioning ICANN's accountability and transparency issues when I think my suspicion was validated with a report covered by the new internet report titled Walking the Talk: ICANN must address its Accountability Meltdown. The author writes:
“Looking back over the record, we find ourselves increasingly alarmed. ICANN the corporation has jettisoned all pretense of bottom up policy development. Its staff has taken direct control of most essential policy decisions. Its board is clearly impotent: