reminds me of HHGTTG...
the eventual transition of IANA's functions to ICANN has always been in a public discussion and planning stage on various planning documents, forums and mailing lists for as long as i can remember (more than 20+ years), with nothing hidden about the transition intent and purpose.
At one point i think it was even suggested that the United Nations should create a new agency from scratch to take over both IANA and ICANN's functions.. but now it seems that ICANN will just become that body, with or without United Nations' involvement.
However, the way these people frame the issue makes me think they are clueless about technology and they were just hit with a cluebat (or were probably just hired to throw in a spanner in the works) by pretending the world is not prepared about this.
My interpretation of their complaints is that when the usual rules that they apply to others have now been applied to them - they are now pissed off because the rules should not apply to them.
Their view of the transition probably goes something like this: (quotes from HHGTTG)
Mr Prosser: But, Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.
Arthur: Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anybody or anything.
Mr Prosser: But the plans were on display…
Arthur: On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.
Mr Prosser: That’s the display department.
Arthur: With a torch.
Mr Prosser: The lights had probably gone out.
Arthur: So had the stairs.
Mr Prosser: But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?
Arthur: Yes yes I did. It was on display at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying beware of the leopard.
People of Earth, your attention, please. This is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council. As you will no doubt be aware, the plans for development of the outlying regions of the Galaxy require the building of a hyperspatial express route through your star system. And regrettably, your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition. The process will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes. Thank you.
There’s no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now. ... What do you mean you’ve never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven’s sake, mankind, it’s only four light years away, you know. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout. Energize the demolition beams.
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