Alvestrand on ICANN|
posted by jon on Friday March 15 2002, @04:41AM
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.