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    Unclassifiable (rare) ICANN and IANA vanish -- no one cares
    posted by tbyfield on Sunday November 18 2001, @08:29PM

    Curiously, within days of devoting its meeting to the "Security and Stability of the Internet Naming and Address Allocation Systems," ICANN and it's IANA "function"/proxy/beard vanished from the net for at least a day, in a Harry Potter-like puff of smoke. The good news: we survived. Phew! That was close -- not!

    How? Why? Who knows? Despite the best efforts of many talented people, networks -- G?d bless their decentralized little nodes -- remain human, all too human, hence fallible. Neverthless, it was strange to run a traceroute from ripe.net (one of ICANN's Sanctified Nameservice Sources!) only to receive the following response...
    Cannot resolve "www.icann.org" (No address associated with name)
    ...and to receive the same response to queries for the (allegedly) more legitimate iana.org. (ICANN, for all its technical pomp and circumstance, seems not to understand how useful it can be to alias its domain "icann.org" to the hostname "www.icann.org". Arcane elitism? Technical incompetence? It's your guess...)

    If there's a lesson in this trivial flap, it's surely that ICANN is -- functionally speaking -- a useless appendage to what it purports to govern. (Did the DNS collapse? No. Was writing an article about ICANN a PITA? Yes. Tragic...) But the obverse of this token is that it would be a tragic mistake to assume that a useless appendage is, by dint of its uselessness, impotent. ICANN is very far from that, as the resentment among the techical crowd recently noted by Milton Mueller points up.

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    Re: ICANN and IANA vanish -- no one cares
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday November 19 2001, @07:27AM (#3726)
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    I'm a bit surprised at the attention being given to this particular icann.org outage. It has happened a number of times, as recently as a couple of weeks ago and far enough back I mentioned it on the defunct Network Solutions domain-policy list. I haven't kept track of how many times I've found it unreachable but it's at least in the range of half a dozen times over a similar period in months. I also haven't monitored it constantly so I could well have missed other occasions. Each time it was down for a period of some hours. And if memory serves these outages seem to often fall on a Sunday. Perhaps ICANN is saving money for its legal fees by going to a six day a week hosting plan. Perhaps ICANN has been hacked or DDos'ed by irate golfers. Beyond doing a traceroute/whois/NSLookup I haven't tried to figure out what is going on. Perhaps next time. -g

    PS: Wazzup with ICANN's Non-Commercial Domain Name Holders Constituency site, which was and is unreachable?

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    Re: ICANN and IANA vanish -- no one cares
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday November 23 2001, @07:39AM (#3843)
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    1:30 PM (ET), Friday, November 23, 2001, www.icann.org is unreachable again and has been for an hour at least. How is it even rinky-dink sites can have 99.99% uptime? Various tools report: Error. icann.org doesn't exist. Perhaps their six day a week hosting plan does not include holidays. Seriously though, if there's any ICANN dweebs reading this you may want to start by checking with USC. Beyond that you'll have to pay me so I can be eligible for the Business Constituency. -g
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    Re: ICANN and IANA vanish -- no one cares
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Sunday December 02 2001, @10:24AM (#3915)
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    Danny Younger points out that http://icann.org now points somewhere. Strangely, the web site one arrives at claims not to be a web site. Well, perhaps not so strange for ICANN where consensus isn't really consensus, bottom up is top down, open is closed, et cetera. -g
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    by Muhhk on Thursday November 29 2001, @03:49AM (#3876)
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    I've just taken a look at your "Alt Roots" section. My question is how should, if at all, the organisations behind the various alternative roots be involved in the process of creating future gTLD's? (With reference to New.net, IOD, ORSC, etc.)


    If ICANN "is a client", how can ICANNfacts.org be "independent commentary"?
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