"From: Terry Weigler |
Subject: [ISOC members] ISOC Cyber-Referendum on ICANN
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2003 13:51:12 -0500
ISOC is eager to get input on the this critical issue and has
extended the deadline for survey participation until Friday, Nov. 7
From ISOC Member Newsletter - Volume 2 Number 8 - October 2003
This month's survey: ON ICANN
by Michael R. Nelson, VP Public Policy
Since before its inception, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has been the subject of a great deal of discussion and debate.ICANN is an international, non-profit organization, which works with the root server operators, registries, independent domain name registrars, and the broader Internet community to provide technical coordination of the Domain Name System (DNS), set policy for allocation of IP addresses, and ensure the stability of the DNS.
In recent months, ICANN has again been "in the news" for two reasons. First, during preparations for the World Summit for Information Society (WSIS), the top-level, United Nations-sponsored conference to be held in December, several government delegations have suggested replacing ICANN with an inter-governmental body. (Details at http://www.wsis.org> .) Second, on September 15, Verisign, which runs the registries for .com and .net domain names, implemented a new Site Finder service which interfered with a number of other services that were dependent upon the Domain Name System and caused serious problems for some ISPs and some Internet users. (Details at http://www.isoc.org/isoc/media/releases/0300929pr. shtml.)
ICANN called upon Verisign to suspend the service pending a thorough review of the impact of the new service on function and stability of the network and early in October Verisign complied.
The Internet Society has been supportive of ICANN because we believe that an international, non-governmental organization will be most responsive to the varied needs of the broad Internet community. This survey is designed to sample the views of Internet Society members concerning ICANN.
To vote in the survey, visit:
You will need the following to participate in the survey:
The survey deadline has been extended to Friday, November 7, 2003.
Results to date show a near landslide in favour of ICANN's perfectitude (and most don't seem to much care for SiteFinder). -g"