[discuss] Problem statement P1

Norbert Bollow nb at bollow.ch
Mon Jan 20 18:00:17 UTC 2014

Am Mon, 20 Jan 2014 07:45:07 -1000
schrieb John Curran <jcurran at istaff.org>:

> On Jan 19, 2014, at 11:06 AM, David Conrad <drc at virtualized.org>
> wrote:
> > ...
> > The USG authorizes changes made to the root zone as well as changes
> > to the root zone's registration (aka "Whois") database by verifying
> > ICANN abides by publicly documented policies prior to the changes
> > being submitted to the Root Zone Maintainer for implementation.
> This is a very important distinction which requires consideration
> with respect to the the problem statement.  In particular, there are
> two distinct issues of direct and unique USG involvement with the DNS
> root zone: one via the IANA function contract with ICANN and a
> completely different path via the Root Zone Maintainer process.
> I would argue that both issues would need to be addressed to satisfy
> many in the international community, but that does not mean that they
> are the same problem, only that they are interrelated.  Reinforcing
> this belief, I can readily envision potential solutions which are
> only applicable to "US Government involvement in IANA root zone
> functions" and others which are only applicable to "US Government
> involvement in DNS root zone maintenance", and hence would recommend
> bifurcating the problem statement into two and focusing on the IANA
> root zone aspects first.

A third, distinct and also interrelated issue is that of the IANA
function contractor being subject to US law.


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