[discuss] ICANN policy and "Internet Governance"

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Sat Jan 4 04:30:59 UTC 2014

On 04/01/2014 15:21, Michel Gauthier wrote:
> At 01:16 04/01/2014, Suzanne Woolf wrote:
>> > For those of us more familiar with policy debates, however, 'public
>> policy' typically means _national_ policy. We also tend to qualify the
>> term "Internet governance" with the modifier "global Internet
>> governance" although admittedly often that is implicit.
>> Thank you, this is exactly the sort of distinction that's helpful to
>> have explained to a non-specialist
> This is something that many have many times explained; "global" means
> for most "US global control". This is exactly what the world learned
> recently to distrust. Everyone knowing that now US people and Gov know
> it, keeping using the word "global Internet governance" is a (certainly
> proud, but unambiguous) signal that the Sao Paulo target is to affirm
> the US leadership on the Internet.
> Is this something that the member of this list confirm? 

Hardly. I mean, there may be people who seriously believe the
NYT type of nonsense, but the people actually involved in making
the Internet work, including making IANA work and making the DNS
work, surely haven't believed this since about 1995.

Certainly, things would be clearer if ICANN simply discontinued
its relationship with the USG.

   Brian (3/4 today)

> This would
> confirm the purpose of this list as many analysts understand it.
> It would also explain why Carlos Alonso has not answered my questions
> and why we do not know yet who are the invited guests of an
> "international key meeting" to be hold in three months.
> MG
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