[LINK] Re: OzIT: ICANN to go "private" (?)
tony at tony-barry.emu.id.au
Tue Nov 16 17:19:58 EST 2004
Begin forwarded message:
> The attached message has been automatically discarded.
> From: "Michael Froomkin - U.Miami School of Law"
> <froomkin at law.miami.edu>
> Date: 16 November 2004 2:54:59 PM
> To: Roger Clarke <Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au>
> Cc: link at anu.edu.au
> Subject: Re: OzIT: ICANN to go "private" (?)
> Reply-To: froomkin at law.tm
> well, that is what icann has always wanted
> just has to avoid the UN, and the ITU and persuade the US
> not easy. and not up to them.
> On Tue, 16 Nov 2004, Roger Clarke wrote:
>> [Comments at the end]
>> No role for UN in ICANN
>> Simon Hayes
>> The Australian IT Section
>> NOVEMBER 16, 2004
>> THE global domain name governing body has warned off the UN, saying
>> it will operate as a private organisation when its agreement with the
>> US Department of Commerce expires in 2006.
>> The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is
>> responsible for managing the domain name and internet protocol
>> address system, and operates under an agreement with the US Commerce
>> ICANN chief executive Paul Twomey, an Australian, said the
>> organisation would cut its ties with the department when the
>> agreement expired in 2006, and ICANN would not be under the authority
>> of any international organisation.
>> "The internet is 200,000 private networks linked by private
>> agreement," Dr Twomey said.
>> "At the heart of the way the internet works is that it grows quickly
>> through the private-sector model. It's not formulated by
>> international treaty."
>> In a 63-page strategic plan to be issued today, the US-based body
>> plots its future, including a fund to encourage participation of
>> developing countries and more regional meetings.
>> The document projects a marginally increased budget for additional
>> activities, rising from $US15.8 million ($19.5 million) in the
>> 2004-05 financial year to $US19.5 million in 2005-06.
>> The budget could be increased by increasing charges on registrars and
>> country code administrators.
>> Some of that money will be spent on increased security, and although
>> ICANN is not setting itself up as a major funding source, it is
>> planning to develop a special fund for research into network
>> "We don't see ourselves as a major funder of international research,
>> but as an enthusiastic endorser of international initiatives," Dr
>> Twomey said.
>> ICANN wants to increase interest from the developing world, which
>> missed out on the first wave of internet commercialisation in the
>> early to mid-1990s.
>> The organisation wants more representation from developing countries,
>> and supports moves to bring more domain name country codes back under
>> the control of those countries.
>> These countries have been using UN mechanisms such as the World
>> Summit on the Information Society in an attempt to influence the
>> development of the internet.
>> Dr Twomey said there was no chance the UN could control ICANN.
>> "The Americans are explicit that they see their role in due
>> diligence, and once that has happened they don't think it's the role
>> of government to run the internet," he said.
>> ICANN is on track to complete the 35 milestones set in the agreement
>> with the US by 2006.
>> It has already reached 10 of these goals.
>> [I wonder what Twomey means by 'private'. It could mean 'not
>> government', which is a mixed blessing, and needs discussion. We
>> don't want any of the USA, the PRC, or the 220-nation UN running the
>> Internet; but we also don't want national governments to have *no*
>> role in governance.
>> [But 'private' could also mean 'not public'. Is Twomey saying that
>> individual users can only have a voice in Internet governance if they
>> can stump up enough money to be one of the "200,000 private networks
>> linked by private agreement"?
>> [My 4-workstation local IP network is hidden behind a router running
>> Network Address Translation (i.e. with only one IP-address, and
>> without the 4 workstations being visible to the net). Is mine one of
>> those 200,000, or are there two tiers of private networks? I doubt
>> if I can afford the entry fee to the big league (any more than I can
>> afford to be a participant in W3C); and I'm wealthier than the
>> average SOHO operator]
> http://www.icannwatch.org Personal Blog: http://www.discourse.net
> A. Michael Froomkin | Professor of Law | froomkin at law.tm
> U. Miami School of Law, P.O. Box 248087, Coral Gables, FL 33124 USA
> +1 (305) 284-4285 | +1 (305) 284-6506 (fax) | http://www.law.tm
> -->It's warm here.<--
phone : 02 6241 7659 | mailto:me at Tony-Barry.emu.id.au
mobile: 04 1242 0397 | http://tony-barry.emu.id.au
More information about the Link