So what should readers actually lobby for?
So what should the US government be insisting upon for the body that takes over domain names?
What should our fellow readers in the USA be telling their elected officials to ask for, and more importantly, what should they tell their government to insist upon?
This is a really difficult question, but we have to answer it. Otherwise we'll either get ICANN rubber-stamped or we'll get another decade of delays.
1. Let it not be pre-determined that that body be ICANN. Open the handover up to competing organizational ideas.
2. A two year delay in the handover is acceptable.
3. An external 'parliamentarian' with power over the board and the exclusive right to change the organization's constitution and by-laws.
4. By-laws that prohibit:
a) first class travel,
b) business class travel for trips under 3 hours unless the passenger is over 5'10" or 200 pounds.
c) hotels greater than 4 stars
d) meal budgets greater than $X
e) liquor expenses
5. The board should not be self-electing.
6. By-laws that mandate the board be formed from representatives each geographic region of (say) 100 million people. One named by that region's governments. One named by that region's ISPs. One named by that region's academics. One named by that region's non-IT business community.
One of FIFA's problems is that its board is elected on a 'one country, one vote' basis. Which means places like Monsarat )with 6,000 people), Luxumburg and Lictenstein, have the same vote as China, the USA, Brazil, and Russia. They vote for anything that will give the football bureaucracy in their tiny nations the same share of the FIFA pie as the football bureaucracy in the largest nations.