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ICANN vs. the 'net, installment 2

Today's installment.


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Date: Thu, 2 Sep 1999 20:23:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: TELECOM Digest Editor <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Subject: Installment 2: Have Vint and Esther Got a Deal For You!

                   This posting is in the public domain.
                   Feel free to post it to appropriate
                   newsgroups and mailing lists with the
                   permission of the maintainers of same.
                   *Do not spam* in the process of doing
                   so, however it is important that all
                   netizens be aware that there are some
                   things going on with the net they may
                   not like. For instance, who runs it,
                   who sets the policies, rules, etc.

In today's installment, we shall look at the original emails which
were referenced yesterday. I received some email today which suggested
that the quoted references yesterday were half-truths at best, and
deliberatly taken out of context. So, let's just have the entire
content of the email so you can decide whatever you want without
Gordon Cook being involved, and whatever agenda you think he has.

As a side note, I got the attached from someone who provides some
additional references. You can go read them intact if you wish.
   Date: Wed, 01 Sep 1999 22:27:21 +0100
   From: Jeff Williams <[email protected]>
   Organization: INEG. Inc. (Spokesman INEGroup)
   To: [email protected]


  You haven't seen the half of this mess yet.  You might want to review
the archives of the ICANN mailing black holes and the DNSO
General Assembly mailing lost at http://www.dnso.org for some even
more interesting reading ...


Jeffrey A. Williams
Spokesman INEGroup (Over 95k members strong!)
CEO/DIR. Internet Network Eng/SR. Java/CORBA Development Eng.
Information Network Eng. Group. INEG. INC.
E-Mail [email protected]
Contact Number:  972-447-1894
Address: 5 East Kirkwood Blvd. Grapevine Texas 75208


Next, a response from Mike Roberts of ICANN. This was not addressed
to me, but rather to one of the mailing lists such as telecom where
Gordon Cook's report was printed yesterday. (There were several places
it appeared about the same time yesterday.)

  From: Mike Roberts <[email protected]>
  Subject: Re: Cook
  To: [email protected]
  Date: Thu, 2 Sep 1999 05:51:23 -0700 (PDT)

If there is anyone on POISED who feels that any of the allegations in
Gordon's latest rant deserve any inquiry, I'd be happy to talk to you
offline from POISED - by email, telephone or in person. My contact
information is below.

- Mike Roberts

Michael M. Roberts
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330, Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6601
+1 310.823.9358 voice   +1 310.823.8649 fax   http://www.icann.org

Office of the Interim President & CEO
339 La Cuesta Drive, Portola Valley, CA 94028 USA
+1.650.854.2108 voice / +1.650.854.8134 fax 
[email protected]  


Note that Roberts (and I assume others at ICANN) merely considered
Gordon Cook's report to be a 'rant'  and unworthy of public response.
Very well, if anyone wishes to write him to discuss their concerns,
feel free to do so.  But before you do, read on ....

Here is a list of the venture capitalists they tried to hit on for
money. These were the names attached to the note which was sent
out. Each of them also received a copy yesterday in email of Cook's

[email protected]
[email protected] 
[email protected]
[email protected] 
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] 
[email protected]
[email protected]
Grosbeck, Wye; [email protected] 
[email protected]
[email protected] 
[email protected]
[email protected] 
[email protected] 
[email protected]
[email protected] 
[email protected]
[email protected]

The above is the list of people who got the letter saying if the
money was not forthcoming soon, the net was going to be in Big
Trouble, and that no e-commerce means no e-anything.


Here is another place you can go for direct information, in case
you want a bit more reading on the topic of ICANN:

        "Sr. Francis Fanego" <[email protected]>,
        jeri Clausing <[email protected]>, commerce <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: [ga] Twomey and Alston and the Y2K tango
References: <[email protected]>

JeffM and all,

  Again how come I am not too surprised to hear this, yet again from
yet a third source.  To me and our group this information just points up the
fact that the ICANN and it's "APPOINTED" Government Advisory Committee,
(GAC) shows the level of incompatance that this current ICANN (Initial?)
Interim board, is.  If you take the time to review this GAC, you will find
that several of the members that the ICANN (Initial?) Interim Board
APPOINTED, were sr. members or strong supporters of the gTLD-MoU
failed and seriously flawed effort.

See:http://www.noie.gov.au/docs/GAC_reps.htm and
http://www.icann.org/governmental-com.html for further information.

Planet Communications Computing Facility wrote:

> The GAC is under the authority of chairman Twomey who reports to Minister
> Alston in australia.  It may interest people here that the people Twomey
> reports too, his department, is the least prepaired for the y2k tango.

> Regards
> Jeff Mason

> Planet Communication & Computing Facility     [email protected]
> Public Access Internet Research Publisher     1 (212) 894-3704 ext. 1033


Now, prior to emailing Mike Roberts at ICANN to hear the truth in
this matter, and what a damn liar Gordon Cook is about everything,
you might want to review each and every one of the emails we
discussed here yesterday in total. Instead of abridging them with
a lot of text from Gordon Cook surrounding them, this time, the
full emails with only a short introduction by Gordon.

  Date: Thu, 2 Sep 1999 00:46:18 -0400
  To: TELECOM Digest Editor <[email protected]>
  From: Gordon Cook <[email protected]>
  Subject: The ICANN papers:  The emails themselves

Hi Patrick,

These are arranged in the order in which they came to me on the fax. 
The message number I have added.  It indicates their chronological 
order.  I read this via telephone to someone in New York City who I 
pay to transcribe stuff, so she did not have the fax in front of her. 
There were a good many typos and mis spellings.  I don't guarantee to 
have caught them all.  I have preserved the formatting of the 
messages as faithfully as I can.  Typo's in the original messages 
have been preserved.  My source didn't have them in electronic form. 


[Message 4]

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From: [email protected]
X-Lotus-from domain: IBMUS
To: [email protected] (Esther Dyson)
cc: [email protected], [email protected]
Date: Tue, 8 June 1999 10:22:33-0400
subject:  Re: ICANN Emergency Funding
Content disposition:

Esther, What is ICANN doing to raise funding?  Have you personally made any
broad appeals?  It seems to me that criticism will only increase if big
companies give big amounts of money.  I think the support base needs to be
broadened.  We have [been] trying to do that via GIP but I have not seen
any visible efforts from ICANN to get other organizations behind the effort.

John Patrick
Vice President-Internet Technology, IBM Corporation
Chairman, Global Internet Project
[email protected]

www.ibm.com/patrick   www.gip.org

		[email protected]
(Esther Dyson)
				"vinton g. cerf"
		06/08/99  06/44 AM	[email protected]
Mike Roberts
				<[email protected]>
				Michael R.
				IBMUS, john
				[email protected],
				sidgmore@uunet (John
			Re:	ICANN Emergency

[Message 3]

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Terrific!  It would be very helpful all around for the two companies to
share the burden.



[Message 2]

@05:19pm 07/06/99-0400, vinton g. cerf wrote:
>I have talked with John Sidgmore.  We will try to get $500K
>at least "backup" in case nothing else in the way of
>fundraising works.  Mike Nelson, I have copied John Patrick and
>Irving Wladawsky-Berger on this message, as well as John Sidgmore.
>If IBM and MCI Worldcom can come up with $1M in "bridge" funding,
>to be paid back at a later time under reasonable terms that will
>not harm ICANN, then perhaps we can begin a new fundraising campaign
>knowing that we have the ability to back up the campaign with a
>rescue effort in the short term.  It will be easier for John Sidgmore
>to make the case to the MCI Worldcom management if IBM is willing to go
>into this with us and split the $1M cost.  Is it possible?
>I would then launch a campaign with GIP, ITAA, Internet Society,
>and other interested groups on the basis that ICANN must succeed
>or Internet will be in jeopardy.  This ought to play well with any
>company whose stock price is dependent on a well-functioning Internet.


[Message 1]

>@08:07am 6/7/99-0700, Mike Roberts wrote:
>>The Clausing article today (pls note my new pseudonym) lays out in
>>considerable detail NSI's strategy for sinking ICANN.  And it doesn't
>>even get to the $800K in unpaid bills we have.
>>Esther and Joe and I are not quitters, but reality suggest that
>>unless there is an immediate infusion of $500K to $1M there
>>won't be a functioning ICANN by the end of August.
>>There are various approaches that have been kicked around in
>>the last several months - a second round from current supporters,
>>a special appeal to those who have not given yet, a loan of some
>>kind.  I don't think those of us on the ICANN side have a preference
>>one way or the other.
>>We're losing Molly Shaffer Van Howling, who has been staffing this
>>area, to her clerkship next week, and do not have the resources to
>>replace her now.  Andrew McLaughlin and I will divert our
>>effort into whatever game plan you folks think best, but as the
>>saying goes, time is of the essence.
>>Esther is in DC next week and I'm prepared to make myself
>>available as needed, but we really do need to get something
>>going fast.
>Internet is for Everyone
>Join the Internet Society and help make it so
>See you at INET' San Jose CA June 22-25, 1999
[End Message 3 - message 1 & 2 are contained inside 3]

Esther Dyson			Always make new mistakes!
chairman, EDventure Holdings
interim chairman, Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers
[email protected]
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http://www.edventure.com                    http://www.icann.org

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March 12 - 16 Scottsdale, (Phoenix) Arizona


[Message 8]

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From: "Joe Sims" <[email protected]>
To:  "chair" <[email protected]>
Date:  Tue, 15 June 1999 15:42:28-0400
Subject:  Tom Kalil
Content:  Disposition: inline

Esther and I met with him today, and he promised to do what he could to
promise what he could to encourage private donations to make it clear that we
are not going to be financially starved for the foreseeable future.  He
said it would be useful to have emailed to him information on the budget,
work plans, etc. - the kind of stuff that he could give people to show
them that we have a real live operation here.  I will send him the status
report as soon as it is filed (soon); Mike, can you see him budget or other
info from the website or otherwise that meets this description?  Thanks.


[Message 7]

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From:  "George Conrades" [email protected]
To:  "Esther Dyson" [email protected], [email protected]
Subject:  Re:  HOT: ICANN
Date:	Mon 14 June 1999 15:52:35-0400
X-MSMail-priority: Normal
Importance: Normal
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John, thanks so much for your help.  Do you know where IBM stands on
funding of ICANN?  We need some leadership here from corporations... Is this a
challenge IBM would take on?  I realize potential downside to ICANN
perception (capture and all that) but what about a "United Way" kind of

George H. Conrades
Chairman and CEO
Akamai Technologies
201 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
work- 617-250-3060
fax - 617-250-3065


[Message 6]

>From:  Esther Dyson [mail to: [email protected]]
>Sent:  Sunday June 13 1999 10:08pm
>To:  [email protected]
>CC:  [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
>[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
>[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
>[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
>[email protected]; Grosbeck, Wye; [email protected];
>[email protected]; [email protected];
>[email protected]; [email protected]

>Subject:  Re: HOT: ICANN
>Thanks very much, John!  I've added a couple of you to the cc:
>list, spurred
>by John's excellent example.  Here is an investment you can make
>that won't
>bring direct rewards, but that will foster the success of of most of the
>companies you fund - in the internet infrastructure itself.

>Obviously, I'd be delighted to talk or meet with any of you about this...
>I'll be in the Bay area Friday and Saturday June 25 and 26, if you'd like
>me to follow up in person.  We can talk by phone earlier, let me know.


[Message 5]

>at: 2:43pm 13/06/99 0400 [email protected] wrote:

>>Not sure how much all of you have been following the efforts of ICANN.
>>ICANN is trying to get the policy, technical and financial
>>aspects of the
>>Internet moved successfully from U.S. government to the international
>>private sector.  Everyone thinks this is a good idea.  In fact, I
>>would say
>>that the future of the Internet is dependent on the execution of the
>>plan.  Part of the plan is to create competition among companies that
>>create/approve/implement domain names (acell.com or later maybe
>>and make sure they work. Not sound alarmist, but if ICANN fails
>>e-business/e-anything is in jeopardy.  This means your future investments
>>and your past ones
>>The present problem is that ICANN is out of money.  Vint Cerf@
>>MCI and I
>>along with the Global Internet Project initiated a fundraising program
>>last year and it has yielded approximately $300,000 bridge funding of
>>roughly $1m is needed to get ICANN to the point where it can be
>>fees and sustaining itself long term.  Esther Dyson interim chairman of
>>ICANN, is making appeals throughout the industry and public sector.
>>Clearly, none of us wants any government to provide the money and attach
>>strings.  NSI, the company with the current monopoly is not cooperating
>>in various ways and slowing things down; the additional reason
>>for bridge
>>funding.  The problem is how to get the funding and get it quickly.
>>Collecting small donations from a large number of companies is going to
>>take much too long. A few big companies throwing in the money creates
>>problems of "big US companies trying to dominate/control the Internet".
>>Loan guarantees might be an angle, but they present complexities for
>>companies to provide them.
>>You guys and your vc colleagues have created incredibly creative
>>financings for many $billions of Internet opportunities.  Could a handful
>>of you jump in and help solve this relative trivial financial hurdle to
>>your future?  I would be happy to host a telecon call to kick some
>>ideas around if any of you thinks that could be productive.
>>Looking forward to your thoughts.  Thanks.
>>John Patrick
>>Vice President, Internet Technology IBM Corporation
>>Chairman, Global Internet Project
>>[email protected]
>>http://www.ibm.com/patrick www.gip.org

[Message 9]

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From:  Mike Roberts <[email protected]>
Subject:  Background info re: ICANN situation
To:	[email protected]
Date:	Thur 17 June 1999 09:11:51 0700 (PDT)
Cc:  [email protected], [email protected]

Tom, pleased to hear about your offer of help to Esther and Joe.
There are three current documents that may be of use to you.
(In addition to Esther's letter to Nader, which lays out the
current terms of political engagement.)  One is a six month
status report from ICANN to Commerce, which carefully lays out
what we have been doing and why. The second is our budget
package for next year, starting at 7/1/99, which details what
the projected income is and what it is going to be used for.
Both of these are available in html on our website, which
copies better than my ascii versions.

The third document is a private and confidential financial
statement based on actual results as of 6/15/99 and projected
to fiscal year end at 6/30/99 the most salient figure on this
schedule is a negative net worth of $727,954 at June 30.
I'd be happy to fax the entire schedule to you if you give
me a number for a machine where the schedule won't get loose.
I'm discussing it with the CFO of Cisco tomorrow and with
MCI as well, with respect to second round of financial
support.  Let me know if I can provide additional help.


- Mike


And there you have the nine emails referred to yesterday, submitted
entirely so that you, the reader can evaluate them. You might want
to have the above printed out and handy when or if you decide to
contact Mike Roberts to get the 'true' story ... please notice I
hardly said a thing this time around, and neither did Gordon Cook.

In our next installment -- yes, there will be another installment,
at least one maybe two more, we'll share a bit more of the wisdom
gleaned from reviewing other ISOC/ICANN files, and their plans for
the net of the future.

If you do make inquiries, ask them exactly what they mean when they
say they want the 'POLICIES, financial and technical aspects of the
internet transferred to the private sector', then let me know. I don't
like the sound of that very well, do you?


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