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    Root server operator independence
    by KarlAuerbach on Monday February 17 2003, @02:55PM (#11174)
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    Nobody doubts that the operators of the root servers are a group of people who are extremely technically capable and who are working with the highest integrity for the benefit of the Internet.

    What is interesting is that through these anycast decisions the root operators are making it very clear that they are completely independent of ICANN and deal with ICANN only at their own pleasure.

    Which raises the ultimate question - not that this is likely happen in practice, but one does want to know what could happen in exceptional circumstances:

    Could the root server operators, either individually or as a group, chose to use a zone file different from that which is today assembled by the ICANN/NTIA(Dept of Commerce)/Versign triad?

    In other words, nobody has really answered the question posed by Jon Postel's test from several years ago: Who is really in charge?
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    Re:Root server operator independence
    by phoffman@proper.com on Tuesday February 18 2003, @07:36AM (#11184)
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    >In other words, nobody has really answered the question
    >posed by Jon Postel's test from several years ago:
    >Who is really in charge?

    That's one interpretation of Jon's test, but one that is not supported by the discussion at the time (when Jon was alive and could respond). A different interpretation, one that Jon talked about often, is "can the root servers do something differently if they need to?"

    Jon was big on operations. The "test" was an check on the operational stability of the root. You can read lots into the test (as Karl and others), but you can also look at it as just plain operational prudence.

    There is no test for "who is really in charge". That changes from moment to moment, from situation to situation.

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