[discuss] [governance] Re: U.S. to Give Up Oversight of Web Policymaking Body

McTim dogwallah at gmail.com
Sat Mar 15 18:34:45 UTC 2014

On Sat, Mar 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM, Pranesh Prakash <pranesh at cis-india.org>wrote:

> McTim <dogwallah at gmail.com> [2014-03-15 7:08:49]:
>  For a very long time indeed, many have asked for the US to relinquish
>> their
>> role.  Now they have signaled their willingness/readiness to do so.
> I see people having wildly divergent views on this.  To explain further:
> Some have argued for years that it the US's oversight authority not very
> relevant

Agreed, this has been my position all along.

> and thus calling for the US to relinquish its role is not a very
> significant IG issue.  I've sometimes associated you with this view, though
> I might be mistaken.

Since it is 'the burr under the saddle" to so many, it is highly


>  In your last email you seemed to indicate that this shift is significant.
>  I was wondering whether it is significant only for those who've been
> asking the US to relinquish its role, or whether it is significant for IG
> per se (and significant in your eyes).

It is significant to me as now those to whom it was of utmost importance
can no longer use it as their raison d'etre in IG and we can hopefully move
on to more important things like connecting the not-yet-connected.


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indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel
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