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    ICANN Staff and Structure Alvestrand on ICANN
    posted by jon on Friday March 15 2002, @05:41AM

    Update 3-16: I gather from Harald that the draft I linked to below is only preliminary, and was not intended to be public in its present form. I'll post a note on ICANNWatch when we get a version actually intended for wide dissemination. Sorry for the mix-up. -- jon

    Harald Alvestrand, chair of the IETF, has published his personal views on ICANN Reform. Like just about everything Harald publishes, it's insightful and a must-read. It begins, pithily:

    ICANN, as designed, was supposed to carry out a few tasks:

    Control the content of the "root zone file"
    Hand out address space (IPv4 and IPv6) in a responsible manner to RIRs
    Perform book-keeping functions on other number assignments

    All these functions can occupy a full-time person. Making sure the information about those changes and modifications are visible to the world at large through a web service can occupy another.

    The rest of ICANN is concerned with one matter only:

    Who gives those two people their instructions?

    He goes on to explain that the Lynn plan for ICANN restructuring is deeply detached from (indeed, orthogonal to) any sensible thinking about ICANN's organizational structure.

    Rather, he proposes, ICANN can and should be small and lean, with perhaps a half-dozen fulltime staff to perform the tasks listed above and to coordinate proposals from Board-selected working groups.

    I've got some difficulties with Harald's summary of ICANN design goals (for one thing, what happened to the goal of expanding the name space, which is what got this whole process started back in 1996?) and with his proposed structure. But without regard to whether you agree with everything in it, you should just read what he wrote.

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    Re: Alvestrand on ICANN
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Sunday March 17 2002, @07:33AM (#5334)
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    While it may not be ready for prime time, Lyman Chapin (Icann bio here) likes it. -g
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    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Sunday March 17 2002, @07:35AM (#5335)
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    It's now been updated. -g
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