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    ICANN's job is to coordinate the top level ?
    by Anonymous on Friday June 03 2005, @03:57AM (#15409)
    "ICANN's job is to coordinate the top level of the domain name space."

    That seems like a very different job description
    from the previous research-academic-community claim
    that ICANN handles the "IANA Task".

    Also, the reality is that ICANN spends much of
    their time managing their Registrar Franchisees,
    their domain name retailers.

    ICANN is also an expensive baby sitter for the
    aging, BIND-based, legacy root server operators.
    Since those root servers are used less and less,
    that part of the job description often fades away.

    ICANN's real lock is of course on the 32-bit
    address space allocations doled out by ARIN and
    their sub-contractor Nominum. Note the recent
    ACM award to Jon Postel's crony Paul Mockapetris
    with no mention that he is funded from the
    address space leasing game.

    It is interesting that the average ICANN watcher
    and even a so-called "expert" like Mr. "Ruling
    the Root" Mueller, would not mention ICANN's
    role in address space management in their job
    description. A recent poll of ISPs and other
    people who claim to be in the "Internet Industry"
    shows that they view that ICANN does Names and
    ARIN does Numbers. That is the same split that
    happened years ago when Verisign walked away
    from the numbers game, to make a killing in names.
    It turns out that Verisign actually makes their
    easy money on numbers, called "certs". Large,
    cryptic numbers that they claim to be hard to
    deduce [for a fee].

    It will be interesting to see what ICANN plans
    to do with the new DNS. Their recent hiring of
    a crypto software person, seems to indicate
    they realize their current "job" has a limited
    life. Job security is Job One at ICANN. Keep
    watching, ICANN will tax you one way or the
    other.
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