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    Accountability is commonsense
    by Richard_Henderson on Tuesday April 09 2002, @11:30AM (#5775)
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    The administration of the DNS is a world responsibility to safeguard a resource that belongs to the whole world.


    Icann HAS to be accountable to someone.


    The requirement to be regularly monitored against "performance-targets" and responsive to measures needed to adhere to such targets is surely essential.


    I agree that there is a separate issue over WHO sets the targets, but surely it should not be ICANN themselves (though they would have a significant input).


    In terms of political reality, DoC can always pull the plug on ICANN if they want.


    I suspect that the regionalisation and diversification of many of these functions may take control beyond DoC in the end though.


    I repeat: The administration of the DNS is a world responsibility to safeguard a resource that belongs to the whole world.


    ICANN therefore cannot be unaccountable.

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    Re: Belongs to whom?
    by Muhhk on Tuesday April 09 2002, @10:35PM (#5778)
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    "The administration of the DNS is a world responsibility to safeguard a resource that belongs to the whole world."

    "Says who?"

    Isn't the need for a globally-unique and universal naming system obvious (see phones and post)? Isn't it therefore logical to require some sort of coordinating body to arrange the very top layer of this heirarchical system? As the system is global, isn't it then logical to say that is not a requirement that the coordinating body be connected with any particular country?
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