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    Root Servers From the corridors of Luxembourg
    posted by Mueller on Thursday July 14 2005, @06:45AM

    Vint Cerf thinks I'm "pessmistic". Vint's and Paul Twomey's spin on the US NTIA statement of DNS principles is that it "describes the current situation." After all, they say, the language is "all in the present tense," meaning that the door is still open for negotiation and change. At the Public Forum at the ICANN meeting, I pointed out that the statement on US control of the root zone file seemed to be a bit more....prospective.

    "The United States Government intends to preserve the security and stability" of the DNS, the statement reads. Clearly, an intention that stretches into the future. The statement goes on to say that "the United States is committed to taking no action that would have the potential to adversely impact [sic] the effective and efficient operation of the DNS" - once again, a forward-looking statement. The sentence concludes by saying that the US "will therefore maintain its historic role in authorizing changes or modifications to the authoritative root zone file."

    To me, this says that any change in the US oversight role has the potential to have an adverse affect on the DNS, and therefore US oversight will be retained indefinitely. The phrase "and will therefore maintain its historic role in authorizing changes or modifications to the authoritative root zone file" is not a description of the present arrangements, but a commitment to maintain them in the future.

    Actually, I'm not pessimistic. I'm just being realistic. I do think the US will have to negotiate its current position, because that position is not viable politically in the long term and brings risks to the Internet without any corresponding benefits. But I do understand the English language. If NTIA made mistakes in drafting their statement, or wants to back away from its implications, that's fine. Just admit it. Don't try to tell me that if I squint my eyes, I can make this toad look like a beautiful princess.

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