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    Re:ICANN's Authority Comes from More than One Plac
    by KarlAuerbach on Thursday February 19 2004, @06:32PM (#13003)
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    What you are indicating is that the sources of authority for IANA are even more muddy and are, in fact, potentially contradictory.

    Suppose DoC sends IANA to someone else and the IAB doesn't go along.

    This is the kind of muddy thinking that has filled ICANN since the outset.
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    Re:ICANN's Authority Comes from More than One Plac
    by George Matrox on Friday February 20 2004, @10:13AM (#13006)
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    Instead of being "muddy thinking", isn't the fact that there are multiple sources of ICANN's authority a motivator for ICANN to be responsive and accountable? True enough, either the DoC or the IAB could change its designation of ICANN. So could the RIRs, who have a MoU designating ICANN to perform certain coordination functions. (The MoU appears to be under revision as to its substance, but not as to its designation of ICANN.) The root server operators' acceptance of the ICANN-approved root zone as authoritative could also fall away.

    A difference or dispute among the designators as to whether ICANN should continue to have its authority would undoubtedly inject uncertainty into matters for which it is best to have commonly recognized authority. For that reason, the designators would not lightly choose to make differing designations. Having many different entities designating ICANN, however, helps ensure that ICANN is responsive to the various segments of the community while avoiding centralizing authority in any one of the designators. In my view, this dispersion of designation authority is preferable to having a single entity designating who performs the IANA coordination function, whether the designation is of a single entity or responsibility for the IANA function is fractured among many entities, as you have proposed to the ITU.

    *George
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