Unsurprisingly, ICANN has decided to eliminate the elected board positions that were created two years ago, and Karl Auerbach along with them. Granted, Auerbach is a hard ass, but removing all public accountability from ICANN is a poor decision. More importantly, Auerbach passionately and more importantly, accurately represented the views of many, many longtime users of the Internet. The fact that the ICANN board couldn’t deal with an old school Internet engineer is telling.