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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) .af Redelegation: Another Government-Initiated Redelegation
    posted by michael on Wednesday January 15 2003, @01:01PM

    lori writes "IANA/ICANN has redelegated yet another ccTLD, .af (Afghanistan), at the request of a relevant government. Not surprisingly, ICANN and the Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan's Ministry of Communications have also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding. You can read IANA's .af redelegation report and the .af MoU."



    "Cited in most every redelegation report since ICANN's inception, including the .af redelegation report, it appears that one paragraph from ICP-1 is consistently prioritized over other principles of RFC 1591 and ICP-1. The paragraph is as follows: "The desires of a government of a country with regard to a delegation of a ccTLD are taken very seriously. The IANA will make them a major consideration in any TLD delegation/transfer discussions." In practice, it seems that the desires of a government are fast becoming the controlling factor in a redelegation (see also, the .au redelegation).

    An odd element of the redelegation report is a signed letter in which Mr. Abdul Razeeq, the original administrative contract, professes his agreement to the .af redelegation. Razeeq has been the administrative contact since October 1997, but the report states that the IANA has not been in contact with Razeeq since early 2000. It is certainly curious that Razeeq has not been in contract with the IANA for several years, but suddenly appeared to agree to the redelegation. Have a look at the letter from Abdul Razeeq and judge for yourself."

     
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    Finding the Admin Contact
    by dpf (dpf@ihug.co.nz) on Wednesday January 15 2003, @02:33PM (#10969)
    User #2770 Info | http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/
    I don't think there is anything suspicious about the fact that for some years the admin contact was not contactable but that he has now been located.

    To be blunt if I was the person listed as being in charge of the Afghanistan country code while the Taliban were in power I'd be going into hiding also and not answering my e-mail.

    With a change to a more benign government and presumably a local rather than IANA search for him, no surprise he was located and agreeable.

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    ccTLDs are a country's property
    by vbertola on Wednesday January 15 2003, @10:54PM (#10975)
    User #3435 Info | http://bertola.eu.org/
    Honestly, I can't see any problem in the fact that a redelegation is initiated by the government, especially in the case of underdeveloped ccTLDs where the local Internet community is presumably non-existant.

    Though we might not like it completely, a country's ccTLD, as all its resources, is a "property" of its government. In case of a conflict between the local Internet community and the government about who manages the ccTLD, the government has "the knife from the side of the handle": for example, it might simply pass a law to prevent anyone else in the country from running the ccTLD. The local Internet community may try to prevent this by acting on the press and the public opinion, but it has no actual power to stop a government-mandated redelegation, nor it has IANA.

    And if you don't accept this, then it descends that a country's ccTLD is the property of the Department of Commerce of the US Government, something that the rest of the world cannot accept. I don't think that IANA, in any case, should have the right to decide who manages a foreign country's ccTLD (though it should foster the finding of an agreed solution between the government, the present registry and the community, rather than immediately following any request from the government). I definitely prefer .it to be ruled by the Italian government (no matter how bad it might be) than by the US one.
    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)
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