[LINK] Domain Game. Four Corners. Monday 8.30. ABC TV.
Mon, 05 Jun 2000 15:38:45 +1000
>The story began 11 years ago when a reclusive Melbourne University
>academic, Robert Elz, first communicated with a fellow academic in Hawaii
>via a flimsy international link. Elz had plugged Australia into something
>called the Internet.
Uhuh. Fair enough.
>That first email connection later provided Melbourne University with a
>lucrative monopoly over distribution of Australian Internet addresses.
What utter crap. That has nothing to do with Melbourne University as
such. Although I'll agree to the nepotism :)
If that were true then NET.AU and each other 2LD would also be in the
control of MIT. Ths is not the case.
>Four Corners explores the Melbourne IT float and asks whether the
>university may have undersold its domain names monopoly, which had been
>essentially a public asset. Is it better that such an asset is in public or
Well public hands of course, look at ICANN and it's constant begging for
funding - it's "responsible" for the ENTIRE DNS! (Except those who are
smart enough to use Alternative Root Servers.)