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    The Big Picture EU and ITU check on ICANN
    posted by michael on Thursday December 13 2001, @11:35AM

    pamolau writes "The European Commission and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) both will look into ICANN's work carefully next year.

    Richard Delmas from the EU DG Information Society said that his agency is currently preparing a call for tenders for a study on the ICANN process. The call for tenders will be published in the European Union's gazette in February, said Delmas at a Joint Conference of WIPO and ITU on multilingual domain names. (Source: heise.de.) The decisions on At-large and a possible new round of TLDs are likely to be reviewed in the study, too."

    Robert Shaw of ITU responded to the question of ITU's further involvement in DNS-oversight by saying that member states will look into the matter at their session next year. Shaw is critical of various ICANN decisions like the decision to give both the registry and registrar functions to VeriSign for the .com, .net and .org domains (details at heise.de).

    The joint organizing of a conference on multilingual domains may in itself be seen as suggesting a more intensive involvement of the ITU in domain name issues in the future. Differences between ICANN and various Asian governments on the introduction of multilingual domain names could prove a catalyst to a renewed discussion on the best model for DNS-oversight.

    At the conference several representatives from Asian ccTLD-registries like Young-Eum Lee, from KrNIC talked about the need for a wider distribution of authority. Prof. Tan Tin Wee, Vice President of MINC demanded to "demythologize the unique root" and proposed a "unique distributed root with coordinated multiple authorities". From the perspective of the non-English-speaking community the next steps would be to "devolve authority and responsibility" and to "deploy a coordination process".

    As part of a "conservative central-control approach" he also discussed the possibility of the integration of a IDN-supporting organization. Interesting to note, that the ITU-briefing paper heavily relied on some of the proposals from Asian representatives. "But only the less controversial ones", said Shaw.

    Tan took a step back from his quite aggressive speech after a lengthy talk with ICANN's at-large director Masanobu Katoh. Katoh is in charge of ICANN's IDN working group.

    No answer was given during the conference to the question of what place ICANN should take in a model of distributed authority, and whether there is then a need for a new oversight body on top of the "multiple authorities". ICANN director Jonathan Cohen said the ITU seems to be "sowing the seeds".

    All papers from the conference can be found here.

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    Re: EU and ITU check on ICANN
    by Buckshot6 on Thursday December 13 2001, @05:11PM (#4069)
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    Its about time someone looked through the smoke screen. ICANN is a farce. I hope its broken up. What the ICANN BoD has done is a crime!
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    Re: EU and ITU check on ICANN
    by hofjes on Friday December 14 2001, @05:02AM (#4071)
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    What does the EU and ITU hope accomplish? ICANN is not accountable to anybody, except perhaps the United States government. Any EU or ITU study or advice is irrelevant and futile.

    The EU and ITU looking into ICANN activities is like a small aviation school in Canada launching a full scale investigation of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
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