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The cult ICANN cartoon that deals with the fantasy world goings-on at the secretive organisation now has a part two.

The usual suspects are here: Vint Cerf, Louis Touton, Joe Sims, as well as superhero Karl Auerbach - who manages to persuade the mainstream media what the real deal is by making secret recordings of those ICANN meetings that no one is allowed to go to.

The plot deals with the creation of the new .biz TLD by ICANN - blissfully aware of the .biz root that has been going since 1996. Gathered under the "Why? Because ICANN" logo, Vint has to rely on his Jedi Mind Trick to persuade people that it is the alternative roots that have created the problem.

The .biz crew are not happy: "They are going to give .biz to a big corporate donor" they cry. "But what about my email - will that work?" "No one knows."

A quick sojourn to WIPO's private island where guests include senators, Bill Gates and Ted Turner. "We have licensed all the content. Now we must licence the users!"

This is all good fun. Karl manages to tell George W Bush what is going and the cartoon ends in a sequence in which people realise what ICANN is doing. Just when we thought the cartoon's creator Kendall Dawson had lost the plot though, you are offered the question: "Is this the end?"

Click "No" and you are told what you can do to sort the situation out. One, tell people ICANN is breaking its agreement with the US government. Two, send emails to DoC representatives (email addresses given). And three, make your views known on the ICANN public forums.

We don't know what happens if you click "Yes". We haven't been able to bring ourselves to do it.

Anyway, enjoy. It's fun and educational and suitable for the whole family. ®

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