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    ICANN Staff and Structure IETF Chair Calls for ICANN to Relinquish IANA to IETF
    posted by michael on Saturday April 07 2001, @12:18PM

    Incoming IETF Chair Harald Alvestrand, who is also the outgoing ICANN General Assembly Vice-Chair, recently gave an interview to Network World. In it he called for ICANN to relinquish the 'IANA function' to the IETF.

    Here's Harald Alvestrand's general view of ICANN:
    The Internet needs certain things done that smack of regulation, like keeping track of domain names and adding new top-level domains. We at the IETF are definitely not good at regulation. However, ICANN is not good at it either. The biggest problem I have with ICANN is the lack of logic behind what it does. But the bad thing is that I don't know how ICANN could do its job any better.
    And here's his goal for the coming year:
    I would like to see at least the [Internet Assigned Numbers Authority] function being identified as a separate thing, something clearly controlled by the IETF and the IETF only.
    Coincidentally, the interview's publication comes at almost the same time as the latest renewal of the ICANN-US contract for the IANA function.

    What's your assessment of the chances of ICANN ever turning the IANA function to IETF? You don't need to be a Nordic pessimist to answer "near zero"...

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    Re: IETF Chair Calls for ICANN to Relinquish IANA
    by hta on Saturday April 07 2001, @11:10PM (#502)
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    the article can unfortunately be read in a couple of ways.
    I don't think that the IANA function that ICANN runs for the IETF needs to be moved at the moment. (This function does NOT include addresses and TLDs).
    But there have been cases where people have accused ICANN of interfering with the IETF IANA function, or the DoC of having "supreme control" of the IETF IANA function. These cases irritate me.
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