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    posted by jon on Tuesday December 21 2004, @09:15AM

    Bruce Levinson sent us a writeup of an article in Computer Business Review Online, reporting what the author characterizes as "the most explicit power push yet from the ITU . . . to get its hands on ICANN's responsibilities." According to the article, ITU Secretary-General Yoshio Utsumi has urged that the UN's Working Group on Internet Governance narrow its focus to the management of Internet identifiers, and wants the WGIG to suggest that ITU take over some of those activities. On another front, Houlin Zhao (director of the ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau) is said to have suggested that ITU publish the authoritative ccTLD delegation list. It appears, though, that the ITU's own WG-WSIS working group disagrees with Utsumi's proposed focus on Internet identifiers, and CENTR has rejected the suggestion that ITU take over part of the IANA function. So none of this is going anywhere very fast . . .

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    The ITU, like nature, abhors a vacuum
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday December 21 2004, @12:23PM (#14596)
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    It seems only reasonable that a body, such as the ITU, a body that has spent more than a century doing actual technical coordination of the telephone and telegraph systems, should be concerned that ICANN has utterly abandoned its responsibility to engage in the technical coordination of DNS and IP addresses.

    The internet is running along full speed ahead but the no hand, much less ICANN's hand, on any of technical controls.

    Because ICANN has abandoned its role of oversight the technical stability of the DNS is left to a few dedicated individuals who, despite the best of intentions, are mortal.

    It is completely understandable why the ITU should want to step in and repair the vacuum of technical oversight created by ICANN.
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    ITU blog
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Wednesday December 22 2004, @01:02AM (#14603)
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    The ITU is sufficiently clued as to blog [itu.int] its activities. It is the height of absurdity to imagine ICANN doing likewise. It is likewise absurd that Paul Kane, Chair of CENTR, is the contact for numerous ccTLD's. As the contact under ICANN's rules is supposed to reside in a given ccTLD, Kane must have numerous residences.

    I have generally been a supporter of the idea that the ITU take on many of ICANN's functions, but this particular trial balloon needs to be shot down. I hope saner heads (like Richard Hill and Robert Shaw if they're still with the ITU, they dwarf anything ICANN has to offer) will prevail. -g

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