[discuss] Options for root zone (was Re: Interesting article)

Ian Peter ian.peter at ianpeter.com
Fri Jan 17 03:21:49 UTC 2014

Well, just for the exercise, let me try and outline some requirements.

In accordance with the multistakeholder model for Internet governance

The function for final authorisation of any changes to the root zone rests 
solely with ICANN
Changes to the root zone, once authorised by ICANN internal processes, must 
not be subject to any changes or alterations by any external party.
The root zone must be secured against the possibility of operators being 
forced to make changes not in full accord with the ICANN stipulated changes
ICANN authorisation processes must be secured against any possibility of any 
external body being able to overrule or dictate changes agreed to by ICANN 

Thats a two minute effort so I am sure it can be improved on. Probably in 
the process of getting any agreement to this there is going to be a 
requirement that GAC is fully consulted, and Jovan's suggestion of (I guess 
an A root) being secured with diplomatic immunity probably makes sense. But 
thats beyond immediate requirements.

Is that useful?

Ian Peter

-----Original Message----- 
From: Suzanne Woolf
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 12:17 PM
To: Ian Peter
Cc: Jorge Amodio ; discuss at 1net.org
Subject: Re: [discuss] Options for root zone (was Re: Interesting article)

If I may attempt a restatement of the issue….

As a technical analysis might put it: For at least some stakeholders, one 
requirement for a legitimate, trustworthy system of oversight for the 
contents of the root zone is that the US government (or, to generalize, any 
government) *can't* act in the way described. This requirement has not been 
met to date.

We can stipulate that the US government *hasn't* acted in the way people 
fear. As a practical matter, and as already noted by others here, I think it 
would be extremely difficult and dangerous for the US government to do so. 
However, unless I've seriously misunderstood some previous discussion here, 
this practical limitation is not necessarily considered responsive to the 
requirement, or to the question of whether it's been met.

I think the exact formulation of that requirement, and others we might be 
able to agree on for oversight of the contents of the root zone, is worth 
discussing. Wearing my "techie" hat, I'll say it's very helpful to have both 
the requirements analysis for the ideal system, and the analysis of how the 
system we actually have behaves in the real world. I hope we can do both.


On Jan 16, 2014, at 2:03 PM, Ian Peter <ian.peter at ianpeter.com> wrote:

> Not the point Jorge - read the article linked below where this question is 
> addressed in the opening paragraphs. It doesn't matter - the fact is,the 
> control exists  and that is widely seen as problematic and unilateral 
> control. ICANN will not be trusted internationally until this is fixed 
> (and the suggestions in this article towards diplomatic immunity for the 
> root zone would be one way to achieve this).
> Ian Peter
> -----Original Message----- From: Jorge Amodio
> Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:22 PM
> To: Ian Peter
> Cc: Brian E Carpenter ; discuss at 1net.org
> Subject: Re: [discuss] Options for root zone (was Re: Interesting article)
> Under the current architecture and state of affairs tell me at least one 
> instance in the 30+ years of existence of the DNS where the USG has used 
> or threaten to use it's alleged "control" of the root zone.
> -Jorge
>> On Jan 16, 2014, at 3:30 AM, "Ian Peter" <ian.peter at ianpeter.com> wrote:
>> Brian wrote
>>> If I could have three wishes, the first
>> two would be unconditional cancellation of the NTIA
>> contract and relocation of ICANN's seat to Geneva.
>> Yep, I'll take the first two as well and for my third wish I'll have 
>> another 3 wishes to use up later as we progress.
>> Here is a good paper outlining some possibilities for achieving 
>> guaranteed independence for the root zone. well worth reading and 
>> discussing as a way forward
>> http://www.diplomacy.edu/blog/international-inviolability-root-zone
>> Ian Peter
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