[NA-Discuss] Article on CircleID by Chris Grundermann (ISOC CO ALS)

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Mon May 27 17:29:05 UTC 2013


ICANN has no actual jurisdiction over ccTLDs or RIRs, yet it presents
itself to the world as a custodian of Internet names and numbers. (Such is
implied in the org's bloody name.)

And in the only remaining relevant space it does have some authority --
gTLDs -- it has let itself be captured by the industry it is supposed to be
... overseeing (dare not use the "R" word!). As a natural result, we are
witnessing a landscape in which selling as many domains as possible for as
much as possible -- regardless of what is needed to maintain Internet trust
and stability -- is the name of the game.

And people wonder why our outreach sucks. Too much of the rest of the world
seems to know that affecting change in this -- from a public interest PoV
-- is pretty futile. Arguably it's amazing ICANN At-Large generates as much
interest as it does ...

On 27 May 2013 07:20, Michele Neylon :: Blacknight
<michele at blacknight.com>wrote:

> On 25 May 2013, at 00:00, John R. Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:
> >> Good stuff. While so much of the ICANN world focuses on TLDs -- because
> >> there is so much loose money floating around that realm -- every now and
> >> then we need to be reminded of the other resources under ICANN's
> >> stewardship, and the fact that in those realms too there are actors who
> >> would diminish the public interest in the management of such resources.
> >
> > While I agree that this policy move seems dubious, it would be really,
> really BAD if ICANN tried to tell the RIRs what to do.
> It's not a policy yet - it's just a proposal
> Unfortunately, as anyone who was in the room when it was presented
> realised, a number of RIPE members appear to support it and cannot
> understand why both Chris and I opposed it
> >
> > IP addresses are not like domain names, and ICANN has no leverage over
> the RIRs.  (I can explain why, but the details are tedious.)  If RIPE is
> doing something unwise, and it wouldn't be the first time, it has to be
> fixed within RIPE's processes.
> Yes - agreed.
> Regards
> Michele
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