[discuss] I* or ISTAR was Re: [] [] Fwd: Heads up

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Wed Jan 8 23:21:42 UTC 2014

On 08-Jan-14 17:39, John Curran wrote:> I believe it emerged as 
short-hand for referencing a set of
 > organizations that
 > predominantly begin with the letter "I" [ISOC, ICANN, IAB, IANA, etc.],
 > with
 > "*" being used in typical pattern matching context.

Over the years I have mused about this as well since the ITU, IEEE and 
variety of ISP organizations also start with 'I' and the NRO and RIRs 
don't.  I then decided that it actually referred to the 'Internet 
STewardship Active Resources'  that kept the Internet operating, indeed 
the ISTAR.

Was not sure which list this should have been sent to since it came in 
on so many of them.  I won't ask people to pay attention to the constant 
requests for trimming headers, because I found that sort of request 
falls on deaf eyes.


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