[discuss] Possible approaches to solving "problem no. 1"

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Tue Feb 18 15:13:55 UTC 2014

This 2008 proposed bill (which did not pass) is a good example of why we need to get rid of the linkage between NTIA and IANA. The demand for keeping this link comes from various political interests who are stronger in the US environment - primarily trademark holders and US law enforcement interests, both of whom want to restrict name space expansion and use DNS licensing and Whois to regulate and surveill users as much as possible. 

These interest groups have strong established lobbying ties to the US Congress and can use them to pressure NTIA and ICANN. They believe that if ICANN becomes fully globalized and multistakeholder they will be relatively less powerful than they would be if NTIA keeps the tether to ICANN in place. 


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Subject: Re: [discuss] Possible approaches to solving "problem no. 1"

Howdy John...   Perhaps this is what is wanted?


Note that this went to committee, where is appears to have died.

Neca eos omnes.  Deus suos agnoscet.

On 17February2014Monday, at 19:03, John Curran <jcurran at istaff.org> wrote:

> On Feb 17, 2014, at 7:28 PM, Michel Gauthier <mg at telepresse.com> wrote:
>> I am afraid you did not analyze the elements I provided you. Nor the context recently documented by Mike Roberts concerning congressmen's attitude. Nor any Gov attitude over this kind of elements.
>> ...
>> You know, I do not support any position: I just report what I believe I observe.
> Michel -
>  You indicated that it is your understanding that "the USG position is  
> that the root is an US property" and then failed to provide any data  
> supporting the existing of _any_ official USG position on the matter.
>  If you should happen to observe an actual USG position, thenit would  
> indeed be good information for the folks on this list to know about...
> Thanks!
> /John
> Disclaimer: My views alone.
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