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Canada's domain and IP registry

  • From: Michael Dillon
  • Date: Tue Mar 12 23:56:12 1996

If you look through you will find the following:

  The IP registry for Canada has been run by the University of Toronto for 
  the past few years. 

  The .CA domain name registry for Canada has been run by John Demco of the 
  University of British Columbia. 

  This has been done mostly out of the goodwill of organizations such as 
  CA*Net, UofT, UofBC, and John, who have paid for this service. With 
  increased demand for these services, the UofT will no longer be 
  offering the service. 

  The CAIP will be taking over both registration services and will be 
  responsible for the provisioning of IP address and .CA domain names 
  within Canada. 

So far it seems reasonable. Then we see this:

  The pool and committee will also be anonymous and non-public. This is 
  being done in order to obtain the best possible people for the positions, 
  to ensure that the decisions are un-biased, and that the positions can 
  not be used for personal gain. The specific membership of the committee 
  will therefor not be published by the CAIP, nor will any member of the 
  pool or committee ever be allowed to publisize that they were on it.

This seems highly unusual and I wonder if any of you know of domain 
registries (and especially IP registries) in other countries that are
runn by anonymous committees and most especially, on which committee 
members are EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN from ever identifying themselves.

Michael Dillon                                    Voice: +1-604-546-8022
Memra Software Inc.                                 Fax: +1-604-546-3049                             E-mail:

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