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    Re:FINALLY a Human Arrives With a Brain ????
    by Anonymous on Wednesday November 09 2005, @04:13PM (#16461)
    > Control of the root matters, I'm saying, because people think it
      > and also because it could matter. The first point is a point about the
      > legitimacy of government action. My sense is that because much of the
      > internet's infrastructure is still under American sovereign control
      > (including the root) countries have a sense that regulating the
    internet is
      > always to challenge the sovereignty of the United States.

            I think most people fail to fully understand how this aspect of
    the DNS works. Yes, ICANN may officially direct how things are to be
    done, but the root operators are a group of people, many of whom
    still remember the Postel days, and they have tended to be rather
    suspicious of all types of government interference and quite

            I would not be surprised at all to find the root server operators
    all deciding to change overnight where they pull their updates, if a
    suitable non-governmental network organization were set up and
    presumably supported by groups like the IETF, Internet Society,

            The link between ICANN and the root server operators is a tenuous
    one, at best. The real linchpin here is not ICANN, which I've
    believed needs to be completely thrown away and a much more
    transparent organization set up to replace it. The real linchpin
    here is the root server operators.

            Actually, the real linchpin is the Internet Systems Company, and
    through them to the rest of the root server operators.

            If the root server operators did switch, then if ICANN wanted to
    try to re-assert control, they would have to set up a parallel root
    server infrastructure, and then get all the copies of BIND in the
    world updated or replaced so that people know about the "new" roots
    and not the old ones that have switched allegiances.

            Since replacing or updating all copies of BIND is not a feasible
    task, at least not without the assistance of the Internet Systems
    Company (ISC), which is the same company that maintains the BIND code
    and also the same company that runs the largest root server instance
    (f.root-servers.net), and they have a number of people on staff who
    remember Jon Postel, I think that's the real key.

      > What non-US countries are trying to do, then, is erode any
    perception that
      > the Internet within their borders is the U.S. Internet. The root
    remains a
      > symbol, in other words, of persistent American interest, and they
    want that
      > changed.

            As far as that goes, I think that's actually a good thing. So
    long as the new "owners" of the root are suitably distanced from the
    political garbage, sanctioned by technical standards groups like the
    IETF, and keep their focus on what needs to be done to manage the
    Internet as a whole for the benefit of all netizens, then I'm all for

            Frankly, I find it hard to believe that they could do much worse
    than ICANN.
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    Re:FINALLY a Human Arrives With a Brain ???? by Anonymous

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