Declan McCullagh has a fine article on the current controversy brewing at ICANN. The President on ICANN wants to get rid of public participation, ramp up the budget, and turn the whole thing over to corporations and governments to run. What a surprise. The big reason why people (technical people especially) hate to see things get formalized is that as soon as you put someone in charge, they want to build a big bureaucracy and grab control of everything they can get their hands on.