[discuss] Problem definition 1, version 5

Mike Roberts mmr at darwin.ptvy.ca.us
Wed Jan 22 21:19:37 UTC 2014

On Jan 22, 2014, at 7:16 AM, Milton L Mueller <mueller at SYR.EDU> wrote:

>  The basic problem with IANA is that we want the Internet to be globally compatible

Milton/George - I and others see this as an incipient tide flowing in the wrong direction.  The only basis on which your statement rests is a political one.  Merely asserting that IANA functions are political doesn't make them so.  As you and I are well aware, the history of the DNS and ICANN bears witness to many stolen and falsely introduced agendas.

The general trend of recent actions by NTIA, IETF, ICANN and others has been to stress the desirability of an apolitical approach to root technology and operations.  It is largely so today, as the many process contributions to this list demonstrate.

The important antecedent question is whether a global political foundation for IANA serves the interests of all users.

- Mike

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