Author: Dee Inez

Dee Inez is an independent observer and commentator on the Internet industry, specifically its human components.

Dee first came to prominence for her controversial biography of Jon Postel entitled 'Weirdy Beirdy'. She has also penned such titles as 'Paranoid delusions of grandeur, an illustrated guide to ICANN's inner workings', 'Whereas... A lawyer's guide' and 'Who's that lunatic at the mic? How Internet policy is really decided'.

Known for her witty ripostes and shameless gossiping, Dee can usually be found handing over Polaroids from the last Internet conference in return for information about the inner workings of the Internet policy and governance organizations.

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12 December 2012

Proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks, the ITU embraced multi-stakeholderism today, as the picture below proves.

Forming a huddle in order to find a suitably worded fudge and so prevent Saudi Arabia from stamping its foot any harder, ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure found himself discussing a solution to an impasse over wording by taking views from civil society (Wolfgang Kleinwacher) and business (Marilyn Cade) as well as a number of government representatives.

And following the grand tradition of multistakeholderism, the end result was a semantic fudge that makes no real sense, added additional words, could not be practically applied, and left everyone uncertain as to what it actually means. ICANN's CEO is said to be preparing a congratulatory email.

Coming out of the huddle, Toure told us he felt energized by the whole experience. "Normally I would just tell anyone who was not a government representative an unrelated story, or a mildly sexist African proverb and hope they were suitably confused to stop asking questions," he told us.

15 May 2012

Lovin' this new "glitch" thing. It's a fab way of making light of a tricky situation. It makes you wonder why others don't adopt it as a way of lightening the mood.

For example, ever since this global financial glitch started in 2008, everyone's been moping around, unhappy with their lot. Which is a lot of fuss for a glitch. Cheer up, it's only money!

To get a better sense of the inspiration behind the glitch moniker, I asked ICANN for information about how it came about. As one of the most transparent and accountability organizations the world has ever known, the legal team were only too keen to oblige and happily released a transcript of their discussion held at their headquarters in Marina de Lay just days after their application system was pulled offline.

20 December 2011

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers," wrote Shakespeare in Henry VI, although he wisely put the words in the mouth of Dick the butcher.

Dick's solution must have seemed pretty attractive to ICANN's communications team earlier this week when it's first podcast in over nine months was duly censored by its legal department for containing the word... well, I can hardly bring myself to say it... the word "Nike".

What's even worse is that the name of the company is used in the most damaging of contexts: talking about shoes. And Nike is a shoe company. You can only imagine the fallout had it been allowed to go ahead.

30 November 2011

Update: ICANN has pulled the complaint letter from its website. Another few hours well spent. Download it here.

One of the documents doing the rounds at the recent ICANN meeting in Dakar was an online survey about one of the hotels that community members - in this case the At Large community - were staying it.

By all accounts, the Hotel des Almadies was not an experience anyone would willingly pay for, in Dakar or anywhere else. A huge number of At Large people complained and were met with a variety of excuses but seemingly little action.

13 October 2011

So you've got $400,000 and four months to spread global awareness of new Internet extensions. Do you...

  • Hold a competition with big prizes?
  • Start an online advertising campaign?
  • Provide materials to the 2,000 international attendees at your meetings and get them to spread the word?
  • Join up with companies already promoting the extensions?
  • All of the above?

Or... do you think like a starfish, scrap all this proven marketing nonsense, and spend the money sending your lame-duck CEO on a five-star world tour so he can spend a few hours in total on stage soothing his bruised ego?

It's a no-brainer! Literally.

But, what's this? Has even this extravagant gold-lined exit started to tire ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom?