[discuss] discuss Digest, Vol 4, Issue 145

Keith Davidson keith at internetnz.net.nz
Mon Mar 17 22:17:28 UTC 2014

While my name is not Adiel, I am happy to respond to the question...

Back in ICANNs early days last century, .nz sought to update the IANA 
record for the Technical Contact of .nz, which was initially completed 
by IANA, and then undone. IANA, on instruction from ICANN, set the 
record back to "University of Waikato" as the Technical Contact, whereas 
by then the actual registry function was being operated by "The Internet 
Society of New Zealand"'s subsidiary "Domainz".

The then ICANN CEO insisted that the above change was a "redelegation" 
(which it was not, the initial friendly redelegation from the University 
of Waikato to the Internet Society of New Zealand had been completed in 
1995, and the transition of the Technical Contact was held back until 
the register for .nz changed hands to Domainz, which was an ISOCNZ 

The only way ICANN would attend to the change of Technical Contact could 
be attended to would require .nz having a 3-way contract between ICANN, 
the Government of New Zealand and ISOCNZ. We did not believe this to be 
legitimate, and certainly there was no agreed policy for ICANN to have 
taken this stance, it was pure dictatorial arrogance.

Very few ccTLDs (maybe 2) succumbed to this pressure for contracts with 
ICANN to achieve delegations or redelegations.

It took several years and a couple of CEOs later for ICANN to recognise 
it did not have such rights over ccTLDs, and then began to attend to 
these previously requested changes.

So it took more than 5 years to have an update to the root zone from the 
legitimate operator of the top level domain to be put into effect. In 
all of that time, the IANA Technical Contact was pointing to the 
previous operator, and despite repeated requests from the .nz operator 
to remedy, ICANN entrenched itself into its position thus contributing 
to a broken Internet.



On 17/03/2014 11:21 p.m., Steve Crocker wrote:
> Adiel,
> Do you know of any instances where updates to the root zone from the legitimate operator of the top level domain were not put into effect?  The U.S. has long-standing trading restrictions with Cube, North Korea, Iran and Syria, but those zones are treated like any others.
> Steve

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