[discuss] FW: [IP] GOP, Dems Clash Over Online Domain Name Oversight/reality check

joseph alhadeff joseph.alhadeff at oracle.com
Sun Apr 13 18:27:09 UTC 2014


There is a challenge on the table to develop a solution that will 
credibly meet the NTIA conditions.  To date that is at best a work in 
progress.  You don't need to have Congressional action for a failure to 
meet those criteria to result in the status quo.  The best path forward 
on these matters is to develop a truly credible solution that protects 
stability, functionality and unity while remaining a non-governmental, 
multistakeholder solution, not subject to capture or subversion by those 
elements that would try to make the Internet less open.  While I think 
we can all find ways to criticize what has been mutlistakeholder to date 
as not perfect, we should perhaps focus on those improvements that would 
lead to a more credible, inclusive, participatory AND FUNCTIONAL 
solution that also recognizes and addresses the technical and 
operational needs of the Internet and governance.  Theoretical 
discussions of pure democracy while intellectually interesting, may not 
lead us to a practicable solution.


On 4/13/2014 9:53 AM, michael gurstein wrote:
> Accepting for the moment the argument that the USG has been completely 
> benign and acting completely in support of the global public interest 
> in its stewardship of the Internet,  shouldn't someone somewhere be 
> doing the deep thinking involved in figuring out what to do if/when 
> the USG/Congress says to the world... "The Internet is ours, we paid 
> for it, and you can't have it or you can have it only on our terms... 
> (or the diplomatic/technical equivalent)... and without of course, 
> having any clear idea of what that does (or could) mean.
> M
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> From: *Dewayne Hendricks* <dewayne at warpspeed.com 
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> Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
> Subject: [Dewayne-Net] GOP, Dems Clash Over Online Domain Name Oversight
> To: Multiple recipients of Dewayne-Net <dewayne-net at warpspeed.com 
> <mailto:dewayne-net at warpspeed.com>>
> Apr 10 2014
> <http://bigstory.ap.org/article/gop-dems-clash-over-online-domain-name-oversight>
> WASHINGTON (AP) --- Republican opposition to Obama administration 
> plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system 
> is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers 
> using it as the latest front in their attacks on President Barack 
> Obama's trustworthiness.
> "We've seen enough out of this administration and its imperial 
> presidency politics that I'm not going to just give them a blank pen 
> and then walk away," Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Thursday as a 
> House subcommittee he chairs voted to impose a one-year delay in 
> implementing any changes so congressional investigators could study 
> the issue.
> The party-line 16-10 vote came as administration officials defended 
> their proposal at other congressional hearings. And Democratic 
> lawmakers said Republican warnings that the Internet could be turned 
> over to hostile governments were the stuff of fantasy.
> "It's not a conspiracy or a digital black helicopter," Rep. Anna 
> Eshoo, D-Calif., said in a sarcastic reference to 1990s-era claims by 
> some militias and other right-wing groups about government 
> surveillance aircraft. "It's a plan, and I think it's time to move 
> forward with it."
> The back and forth comes during a campaign season in which Republicans 
> have vilified Obama as exceeding his powers by taking steps such as 
> delaying various deadlines set by his health care overhaul law, which 
> they solidly oppose.
> The latest dispute is over an administration announcement last month 
> that it wants to give up its oversight of the non-profit U.S. 
> corporation that manages the Internet's system of addresses, such as 
> www.ap.org <http://www.ap.org>.
> That entity --- the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and 
> Numbers --- has allocated domain names and the numerical addresses to 
> which they are attached since 1998. Ever since, ICANN's work has been 
> overseen by the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and 
> Information Administration.
> "We are not giving up our leadership role," Lawrence Strickling, who 
> heads the NTIA, told members of the House Judiciary Committee. "We are 
> stepping out of clerical functions we currently perform."
> Shedding oversight of how ICANN distributes addresses is a 
> long-planned, logical next step, administration officials say. They 
> say the move would still leave the U.S. with a voice on advisory 
> committees and other entities that make decisions about larger 
> questions about Internet policies.
> The Obama administration and ICANN say decisions about who would take 
> the current U.S. oversight role will be made by companies, engineers, 
> nonprofit groups, governments and other Internet users --- the same 
> way many decisions about Internet policy are currently made.
> "Everyone is at the table with equal voice," ICANN's president and 
> CEO, Fadi Chehade, told the Judiciary panel. "The model works, and it 
> works very well."
> Critics say there is no way to know what new entity would take the 
> administration's role, or what other changes might occur should the 
> U.S. lose leverage with the domain assigning corporation The U.S. 
> government has had a series of contracts with ICANN since 1998, with 
> the current one expiring in September 2015 --- with two two-year 
> renewals possible.
> [snip]
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