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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: Salon interviews John Gilmore: "It's time for ICANN

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Subject:        	FC: Salon interviews John Gilmore: "It's time for ICANN to go"
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   It's time for ICANN to go
   John Gilmore, original "cypherpunk" and all-around Internet
   supergeek, explains why the organization that runs the Internet is

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   By Damien Cave

   July 2, 2002  |  John Gilmore has spent 30 years shaping Internet
   culture and politics. An early employee of Sun Microsystems and a
   co-founder of free software pioneer Cygnus Software (now part of
   Red Hat), he has worked tirelessly to promote his civil-libertarian
   views on how cyberspace should evolve. Entities as diverse as the
   Electronic Frontier Foundation, the "cypherpunks" and Usenet's
   wacky and subversive "alt" newsgroups can all trace their roots to
   Gilmore's efforts -- and, quite often, his funding.

   Gilmore has never been afraid to speak his mind on any issue, but
   the politics of Internet governance are particularly close to his
   heart. And right now, that means keeping a close eye on ICANN, the
   Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN is the
   international body in charge of managing the Internet's domain name
   system -- the numbers and names that identify Internet addresses.

   Critics from across the political spectrum have claimed for years
   that ICANN is secretive, slow, inefficient and, worst of all,
   firmly in the pocket of special interests. But in recent weeks, the
   rhetoric has gone up a notch. Suddenly, ICANN is at a crossroads.


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