I’ve written two pieces for The Register over the new ICANN contract with the US government, and the Board election shambles at Nominet.
In a nutshell: ICANN is taking the chance to escape US control seriously; everyone remains annoyed with the US administration’s failure to actually do anything except give easily breakable assurances (I am pretty sure this will change when the Bush Administration is no longer in power).
And Nominet? Well, it is running with the elections results as they were, meaning Gordon Dick and Fay Howard become directors again. But the justification of sticking with the results is poor at best, and I understand there are more questions that need to be answered, including the fact that many members, it would appear, didn’t actually receive their voting slips in time to vote. This has the potential of blowing up in Nominet’s face.
Never a dull moment on the Net.