[discuss] Roadmap for globalizing IANA

Vinay Kesari vinay.kesari at gmail.com
Fri Mar 7 15:24:03 UTC 2014

I mean very simply that DNSA would be making a public policy decision in
this scenario. And not an incidental or insignificant one, but one which
would likely have far reaching implications on every aspect of the

At the risk of repetition, in a scenario where:

1. there are two competing entities offering divergent visions of how
policy development is to be carried out, and

2. there are no purely objective ways to evaluate these two entities (since
NewCo would have no demonstrable track record), and any decision making
process would likely involve a significant amount of subjectivity,

the decision of whom to pick IS a public policy decision, isn't it? It's
stating the obvious to say that it's different from actually deciding on
specific DNS related policies. But considering all of this, is it a fair
statement to say that DNSA is confined to technical/ clerical
 On 07-Mar-2014 8:04 pm, "John Curran" <jcurran at istaff.org> wrote:

> On Mar 7, 2014, at 9:22 AM, Vinay Kesari <vinay.kesari at gmail.com> wrote:
> I would answer 'yes' -  in which case the hypothetical question, as you've
> accurately stated,  becomes 'how will DNSA determine which body will best
> represent the interest of the (single) Internet DNS community?'
> Determining the body that best represents the Internet DNS community for
> purposes
> of policy development is not the same thing as actually doing DNS policy
> development.
> In answering this question, wouldn't DNSA be making a value judgment
> regarding how Internet related public policies are to be made?
> It depends on how objective the criteria are that will be used in such a
> determination.
> And is that not, by its very definition, a policy function?
> It would be beyond purely the technical/clerical administration of the DNS
> policy
> (i.e. the primary role of the "DNSA" as I understand it), but selection of
> who does
> DNS policy development is not the same as performing DNS policy
> development.
> I do not know whether it is "a policy function"; do you mean public policy
> function,
> DNS policy development, DNS policy administration, or something else
> altogether?
> Thanks!
> /John
> Disclaimer: My views alone.
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