April 24, 2003

Is the ALAC trying out material for a new Three Stooges movie?

In my previous entry (It's 2am, Do You Know Where Your Forum Is?) I pointed out that ICANN's ALAC doesn't seem to have followed through on its promise of timely publication of the comments it has received.

Because of the ALAC's lack, I published my own comments on the GA mailing list - see http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc12/msg01087.html

I have heard that my comment, which was properly sent to the ALAC (and, as indicated in my mail server logs, was accepted by their computers) has been lost.

What kind of crazy game is this? Not only does the ALAC fail to live up to its promise of public publication, but it can't even find materials that were sent to it!

I took a look at the archives of the discussion among the ALAC members. It appears that the ALAC's carnival of chaos goes even deeper. There is round after round of e-mails citing nit-picking reasons why they haven't managed to publish the comments that have been received. One ALAC member, in apparent disgust with the bumbling of ICANN's vaunted technical staff, has said that he/she will go out and do it himself/herself.

For a body that is supposed to preserve the technical stability of the crown jewel assets of the Internet - the dominant DNS root - it is very disconcerting to see the deep degree of technical ineptitude that ICANN can display, particularly in matters of public involvement. (We ought not to forget ICANN's sad technical performance during the at-large election process in year 2000.)

Posted by karl at April 24, 2003 4:18 PM