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    Re: noisey, U.S. centric views
    by jamyang on Tuesday October 08 2002, @12:28AM (#9623)
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    private parties set up cooperative, alternate roots and ICANN calls this an unstable act. A sovereign country hijacks DNS within its borders and ICANN has a meeting there.

    That's certainly one point i'm making.

    ICANN has a duty (inferring an expertise) to become involved in the content regulation of a sovereign country?

    ICANN has a duty to not become involved in content regulation - available evidence suggests that China is using DNS to control access to cotent, ICANN has a duty to respond.

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    Re: noisey, U.S. centric views by jamyang
    Re: noisey, U.S. centric views
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday October 08 2002, @05:06AM (#9634)
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    ICANN considered it its duty to release ICP-3, in which they contend:
    The DNS is a globally distributed database of domain name (and other) information. One of its core design goals is that it reliably provides the same answers to the same queries from any source on the public Internet...
    Now China clearly doesn't buy into this global accessibility. Some may recall that new.net, a so-called alternate root, was treated much like the Falun Gong due to their allegedly not going along with this global accessibility. It strikes me as strange that on the one hand ICANN considers global accessibility a sort of holy grail, while on the other hand they go blithely into the belly of the beast. Now I suppose that one could argue that ICANN is intentionally going to China in hopes of bringing them around, but I'll believe that when I see it.

    Ben Edelman also studied internet filtering in China, including a tool for testing which URLs are blocked. ICANNWatch.org isn't at present. :) The non-complete list of those that are or have been blocked by China is impressive. I mean what did uscourts.gov, mit.edu, or lysanderspooner.org do to get on this list?

    I find this whole thing kind of silly anyway. As I've pointed out on various occasions, while my access to google.com is not blocked in Canada, my attempt to go there with my web-broswer sends me instead to google.ca, if I want a yahoo.com email address I am instead given yahoo.ca. There is no global internet, the only issue is who is deciding who accesses what. Now as I also pointed out at the time that China was blocking google.com (and google.ca), one could simply go to aol.com from China and do a google search. All that such repression does is teach people how to work around it, the more sophisticated the filtering, the more sophisticated users become. -g

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