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Re: Let's talk about ICANN
- From: JC Dill
- Date: Mon Dec 12 13:36:43 2005
Hannigan, Martin wrote:
I strongly believe the WSIS news was disturbing and of significant
operational interest - what would have happened if the UN simply
"decided" that ICANN shouldn't keep the powers it now has and "decided"
to create a new group to have those powers? What would root server
operators do? In particular, what would the root server operators
outside the US do?
I would think that ICANN is off topic for NANOG?
I personally don't believe ICANN should be under the thumb of the US as
it currently is. Unfortunately, as I see it the WSIS discussions were
not on the right track to FIX this problem, they were treating it as a
political problem when really it's just an organizational problem -
ICANN should not be controlled by any governmental organization (US or
UN) it should be controlled by those it serves (the networking
community). ICANN's tabling of the .xxx proposal due to US pressure was
a really stupid move and will cause the groups petitioning for the US
oversight to end to ramp up their efforts. I'm worried that this will
come about in a very messy way, causing operational problems.
Do we wait until those operational problems occur, or do we take action
now to try to ensure that changes are made in an operationally sound
fashion? In other words, do we (the network operations community) ramp
up efforts to get ICANN to become an organization run by its members and
no longer held "accountable" to the US government, or do we wait until
politicians "fix" this problem their way? When was the last time the
network operations community was happy with a government "solution" to a
problem facing network operations? Look at all the bad anti-spam laws
that abound. Look at all the bad intellectual property laws that
abound. Look at how these laws result in problems for network
operators, especially for networks that cross political boundaries. We
don't need more (or different) government "oversight" of the internet -
IMHO we need effective self-governance.