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    Re: ENUM: Parsing Hype From Hope
    by Anonymous on Sunday October 13 2002, @04:45PM (#9728)
    my personal feeling is that there is a need for authentication in Internet correspondence (commercial or otherwise). In other words, people will want this. Rather than "authenticate" many personal names or numbers in digital correspondence, a user can authenticate one and tie (or opt-in) whichever ones they then care to for whatever motivation they have for doing so. Regardless of culture or boundaries, the authentication process would likely be uniform - something I believe the ITU is striving for in its coordination processes. It remains to be seen whether ENUM plays a role in authentication. It remains to be seen whether the monopoly driven registry approach indeed poses the latent ills Professor Dixon describes. Obviously the value proposition to the user community needs to exist and is not yet proven out. Various countries are running ENUM trials towards, I believe, this objective. I see no reason why in the U.S. that the ENUM competitive registry model cannot be broken down to the area code i.e. that designates a certain geographical area of N.E. Ohio. The number of area codes in the U.S. could in theory equate to the number of ENUM registries. Perhaps it could be segregated further. Or, perhaps RFC 2916 is not the correct approach. But, I do believe the need for authentication exists and that ENUM offers potential to the user community in this regard. Lots of conjecture at this point. just my 2 cents.

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    Re: ENUM: Parsing Hype From Hope
    by Anonymous on Monday October 14 2002, @03:27PM (#9737)
    I think there are substantial signs that convergence is desired and the "unified number" is only one indicator; it may not be the most important; VoIP, for example, is a potential ENUM service that exists independently of unified numbering. Even so, I suspect ENUM is gaining attention among many who see it has a potentially innovating protocol that will stand the static relationship between customer and traditional telecom operator on its head, if implemented properly. Hence, the policy "freaks" (as you call them) care a great deal about ENUM not because of misguided notions of consumer demand, but because of recognition of the fundamental shift that undergirds this hopeful technology. I would argue that what we now know - - in more precise terms than a decade ago, perhaps - - is that the public policy questions must be considered right along with (or closely trailing) the technology questions because failing to consider the interconnections among technology, policy, and law NOW will leave us with "CODE" and all that entails as Lawrence Lessig and others have helped to explain.

    -Rod Dixon
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