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    The Big Picture WHOIS .ac, and why do they have a problem with ICANN?
    posted by tbyfield on Sunday August 04 2002, @07:18PM

    fnord writes "Being somewhat intrigued (sorry for the recursion) by the Veri$ign/CENTR document urging a thinner ICANN, I had to wonder, who is that robust .ac registry that is calling ICANN on to the carpet?"

    Beyond being the ccTLD for Ascension Island, a British dependency in the middle of the southern Atlantic Ocean (it has no indigenous population, not only is it not what most would consider a country, the British originally and rather ignominiously categorized it as a stone boat!), and beyond being alphabetically the first TLD in the root, and beyond marketing itself as the TLD for academic institutions (an open .edu, what a concept, next perhaps we'll see an open .arpa, or .int, or .int, is that confusingly similar enough for you yet? Why doesn't WIPO do something to correct this confusion, someone could poke their eye out?). Well anyway, who is .ac?

    Well, .ac defines itself with the statement:

    The .AC Second Level Domain in the strictest sense relates to academic institutions and implies capable, expert, proficient and professional.
    Ummm, sure, whatever. That sort of strictness blotted my copybook when I went to school. Let us pretend that we're ICANN or some propellor head who has discovered the .ac entry in the root is corrupt, whodyacall? It isn't easy to suss from ICANN's IANA function list, which is woefully, even hopelessly, out of date, just another task ICANN can't manage to do anywhere near competently with both hands. However the ccTLD's own list (which is more accurate, although I wouldn't depend on it as authoritative either, particularily if you're a network administrator paying attention to the security and stability of the root) reports that it is Paul Kane, a longtime ICANN process participant (eg's: former Names Council member, DNSO WHOIS Committee Chair, and I'll post more of the relevant parts of his CV on the inevitable upcoming threads). If Paul Kane is a signatory to this letter, then ICANN really has problems of legitimacy. Yes, I helped your mission creep but now I want to step out on my own. Perhaps ICANN should have listened to WIPO's Francis Gurry and just given Paul Kane .one of the new TLDs to shut him up. That seems to be the coin of the realm. -g

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    Re: WHOIS .ac, and why do they have a problem with
    by RFassett on Monday August 05 2002, @05:15PM (#8395)
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    Note that Ascension Island of "no indigenous population" has just filed with RIPE for ENUM delegation. Paul Kane performed the authoring along with that for St. Helena and Diego Garcia last week.


    Richard Hill has not yet approved of any of the three requests (but I do not see where these have been forwarded to him either by RIPE, though this step is usually "academic")

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    Re: WHOIS .ac, and why do they have a problem with
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday August 05 2002, @10:46PM (#8397)
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    While there is a population of sorts on Ascension Island, about 1,100, all of whom have citizenship elsewhere, with most staffing British and US military airbases, and satellite and other communication facilities, ICANN's ICP-1. Internet Domain Name System Structure and Delegation (ccTLD Administration and Delegation) states in part:
    The administrative contact must reside in the country involved for ccTLDs.
    Doesn't seem to be the case here. And this 1998 press release (one can safely say no if prompted to install Japanese characters) touting the nifty .ac internet address, names Paul Kane as the then General Manager. -g
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