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    USA Goverment Relations Will ICANN Be Securitized? Militarized?
    posted by michael on Monday September 17 2001, @01:59PM

    Part of Mike Roberts's latest post to the GA list merits your close attention. Ignore the gratuitous slam at anonymous critics made in reply to a signed post. Look past the grandstanding and self-righteous chest-thumping. Mr. Roberts deserves our thanks. Honest. He is, as far as I know, the first person to go public with something many people have been whispering about, something (to the extent we have energy to spare for ICANN amidst tragedy and turmoil) we ought to be thinking and talking about. Here are the critical lines:
    Life at ICANN isn't going to be the same either. Given the military mindset and anti-terrorist measures in Washington and other capitals, there is going to be a much greater stress on operational oversight of the DNS, on stability and on synchronization with related Internet security steps. There is going to be much less interest in who is represented by whom on the Board.

    It already seemed very unlikely that the US government would give ICANN full control of the root when it finished its workplan. ICANN, and especially its European members, have continually said that they expected the US government to grant it this autonomy. After initially signaling that it would, the US pulled back. (Details here, if you care.) Recent events surely put paid to that idea.

    More generally, it is appropriate to speculate as to what form the US Government's stress on "greater operational oversight of the DNS" and "synchronization with related Internet security steps" might mean. What sort of additional DNS security do we need? What is ICANN's appropriate response to such requests -- or orders -- from the US government? And, will ICANN's anti-democratic forces be able to use DNS security as an excuse to induce the US Government to forget about its promises regarding democracy and representation?

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    Re: Will ICANN Be Securitized? Militarized?
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday September 19 2001, @07:56AM (#2383)
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    As the FBI attended and presented what it wanted of the WHOIS at the DoC meeting in Washington a month ago, it isn't unreasonable to assume that they will want and probably get at least that following the tragic events of September 11, the day the world changed. -g
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