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J'accuse: ICANN's 'Government sponsored extortion' unconstitutional
By: Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco
Posted: 03/10/2000 at 14:59 GMT
Governance expert Michael Froomkin has published a draft of his eagerly-awaited analysis of ICANN today, a document which could prove to be a catalyst for new legal activities aimed at clipping the activities of the Internet quango.
Froomkin warns that unless the relationship between the United States Department of Commerce and ICANN is clarified, the ICANN model could be adopted for the oversight of B2B commerce or distance learning in the US.
He describes the paper entitled Wrong Turn In Cyberspace: Using ICANN to route around the APA and the constitution as an attempt to answer to "the central, if perhaps parochial, question: whether a U.S. administrative agency is or should be allowed to call into being a private corporation and then lend it sufficient control over a government resource so that the corporation can use that control effectively to make policy decisions that the agency cannot - or dares not - make itself."