Date: Monday March 03 2003, @12:53PM
Topic: The Big Picture

According to a CENTR press release, the organization's 17th general assembly -- which included representative from twenty-six ccTLDs, two gTLD registrars, and the European Commission -- "adopted a recommendation on the operation of the IANA function, to improve the stability of the IANA." A "preliminary version of the adopted paper was sent to the Department of Commerce." Unfortunately, the paper doesn't seem to be online on CENTR's site. However, another CENTR document, its "comment to ITU WS Geneva, 3-4 March 2003 -01," hints -- rather strongly, I suspect -- at some of the contents of the preliminary version.

The first key paragraph in the WS comment is unequivocal:

The IANA ccTLD function is essential for the technical stability of the DNS, and must to be carried out by a body which has the complete trust and acknowledgement of all parties concerned. Such a body must not deal with policy, rather only maintaining the official record of the data connected to the management of the ccTLDs.
Since ICANN (a) deals with policy, (b) doesn't have the complete trust of the ccTLDs and RIRS, and (c) has insistently politicized -- or, more accurately "policized" -- its conduct of the IANA function, the statement suggests that CENTR believes the ITU should be aware of, and perhaps involved in, discussions surrounding the future of IANA.

The second key paragraph is, in its own way, even stronger (emphasis added):

In all European countries the ccTLD manager has a local presence. Therefore the relationship between the ccTLD manager and the respective government is a purely local issue. The global nature of the Internet creates only a few (mostly technical) DNS issues that require global coordination. To provide for a forum for this global coordination, ICANN was created. The governments, embodied as the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), play an integral role within ICANN. CENTR's members encourage the GAC to engage in a closer dialogue with the ccTLDs on ICANN's performance in delivering a well functioning IANA.

In essence, CENTR seems to have concluded that ICANN, at least in its current malformation, may have outlived its usefulness -- and is willing to use the ITU's WS process as an opportunity to wrest the IANA function away from ICANN.

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There will always be politics with IANA's DNS role
by phoffman@proper.com on Monday March 03 2003, @03:15PM (#11265)
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There is absolutely no way that IANA's role as the pointer to ccTLDs in the root can be done without politics. You can't say "this person is that country's representative" without politics.

You can defer the decision to someone else (probably the UN, possibly the ITU). Even that is a political decision because many countries have internal politics that decide who gets to speak in the UN or the ITU.

If IANA was run cleanly separate from ICANN, this would not be nearly as much of a problem as it has become. ICANN's staff have made IANA an enforcement arm, and that in turn has made ccTLDs wary of IANA.
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