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    I've also been invited and am going
    by KarlAuerbach on Saturday February 07 2004, @05:29PM (#12951)
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    I have also been invited and will be there in Geneva.

    I hope to have my submissions finished within a couple of days.

    My thesis is that the internet is evolving into a utility on which people and entities are basing economic plans, products and services, and increasingly matters involving health and safety. As part of that evolution, I believe that not only do our engineering practices have to evolve (See my presentation "From Barnstorming to Boeing - Transforming the Internet Into a Lifeline Utility" (slides) [cavebear.com] (speakers notes) [cavebear.com]) but I also believe that we need to consider how to ensure that the net's infrastructure remains stable and dependable into the future without badly compromising the ability of the still nascent net to evolve.

    My presentations will deal with several questions.

    First is, "what is the internet?" If we are talking about governance, we really ought to identify what it is that we are planning on governing. In that I will be emphasizing the value of the end-to-end principle.

    Second is an analysis of those parts of the internet that are in need of oversight - now by the word "oversight" I don't necessarily mean heavy handed, full blown government-like bodies.

    In most cases, if we carefully define the job that is being overseen the oversight can be pretty lightweight. For example, the actual job of editing and publishing a root zone file isn't something that needs massive and intricate mechanisms for public process before every update. Indeed, for many jobs, such as allocating protocol numbers, public oversight is not particularly necessary.

    The idea is to fit the degree and nature of the oversight to the particular function that is being overseen. See my note at: http://www.cavebear.com/rw/apfi.htm [cavebear.com] to see how I approached this issue a back in mid 2002.

    Of course there are jobs that will require mechanisms in which the public has a real role - particularly issues regarding our old friends, formulation of the policy that is used to admit new gTLDs into the root zone and formulation of the policies regarding things like privacy of registration data.

    There are fuzzy areas - jobs that are being done well (often incredibly well) today but which contain the potential risk that they could wobble in the future. These include IP address allocation, root server operation, and others.

    Implicit in my materials is the implicit assertion that the now-unified ICANN will be split into several separate bodies. I do make it very explicit that I believe that there should be no sharing of staff, office space, resources, or people between those bodies that have policymaking roles.

    I will, of course, strongly advocate that public involvement be relatively direct with no more than one level of representation between the voter/internet-user and the decisionmaker.

    I will also be urging that governance structures be designed to honor what I call The First Law of the Internet [cavebear.com]
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    Articles on Slashdot
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Sunday February 08 2004, @09:36PM (#12957)
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    Slashdot has two separate articles on this, Moving Net Control From ICANN to Governments? [slashdot.org] and ICANN Troubles At UN Summit On Internet [slashdot.org]. Also see Andy Oram [oreillynet.com]. -g
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