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    Re: Dept. of Not-Too-Much-Accountability?
    by RFassett on Sunday August 25 2002, @09:52AM (#8698)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    "Well, we can dream, can't we?"

    The first recommendation, I believe, the ITU would make to ICANN would be for it to move towards decentralizing DNS policy issues to places of local jurisdiction. My opinion is that this type of action would thwart the perceived need for countries to set up their own proprietary DNS root server structure. It is why I advocate ITU involvement in re-stating ICANN's policy mission and scope as it has formally offered to do at ICANN's request. I view this as a superior alternative and more in line with ICANN's purpose and structure of existence.

    The NTEPPTF - chaired by ICANN's CEO - has also noted in its final report the very real possbility of such a "dream". Sovereign countries have the wherewithal to carry this out, something I would care not to see happen but would fully understand given the current track record of ICANN. The more ICANN continues to try to centrally regulate DNS policy issues, the greater the chance various countries will just set up their own. This will then require an international treaty type organization to coordinate.

    My personal observation is one that ICANN has made the decision that such an occurrence is "ok" and that their responsbility rests soley upon maintaining "stability" of the DNS structure that it has been empowered to "coordinate". If a country desires to break away for whatever reason, I do not believe ICANN feels much of a responsibility here. It's not like ICANN can stop a country from doing this but really a matter of whether ICANN's (policy) actions relative to DNS addressing influence such an occurrence. I think the ITU has a track record of facilitating cooperation across borders, something the community needs the private ICANN entity to influence on a global scale far better than what it has done thus far. The alternative is one where various countries decide to go off on their own that will then require an international treaty organization to coordinate for the global community of users...the very thing many users seeking a greater voice in DNS coordination do not want to see.
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    Re: Dept. of Not-Too-Much-Accountability? by RFassett
    Re: Dept. of Not-Too-Much-Accountability?
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Sunday August 25 2002, @10:49AM (#8700)
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    I agree entirely Ray, I think Robert Shaw (blog to the left) and Richard Hill of the ITU possess more clue than just about anyone under the ICANN umbrella other than Karl Auerbach. It is impossible to imagine that the ITU, or for that matter the Boy Scouts, could do a worse job than ICANN has done to date. -g
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