I looked at the two associations (thedna.org and ICA) and it was clear to me that they really didn't represent the interests of the typical domain owner in any way. For a start I have a real problem with any association where board seats can effectively be purchased. This is fine for companies where profit is the motive but in my opinion it is not OK for an association.
Read more here: http://whizzbangsblog.com/easyblog/recent-blogs/entry/a-domain-name-association-part-6.
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