[governance] NTIA says ICANN "does not meet the requirements" for IANA renewal

Daniel Kalchev daniel at digsys.bg
Mon Mar 12 03:07:49 EDT 2012

On 12.03.12 03:24, Karl Auerbach wrote:
> On 03/11/2012 02:16 PM, Daniel Kalchev wrote:
>> About the only way out, with regards to the current situation is if
>> ICANN Is brave enough to spin off IANA as separate entity. Failing that,
>> all other options will alienate ICANN with it's constituencies and might
>> have it split in pieces.
> ICANN, in fact internet users, have the power to tell NTIA to go take a
> flying leap at a rolling donut.
> There is no reason why ICANN can't simply take IANA - or more directly -
> a root zone file - private.  There is nothing that says "IANA is a child
> owned by the US government".  Nor is there anything that consecrates the
> NTIA/Versign root zone file.
> That would mean that ICANN would publish its own root zone files, which
> would leave the root zone operators with the choice whether to pick up
> the ICANN version or the NTIA/Verisign version.
> Alternatively ICANN could - and it has plenty of cash flow to do this -
> could establish its own constellation of root zone servers.

ICANN not only has plenty of cash, but they also have the necessary 
technical setup in place, up and running. Since few years ago.

Of course, they can do this, but consider:

- ICANN was created in 1998 to prevent exactly this from happening.
- ICANN will lose all credibility, no matter what they claim and what 
money they have -- those will evaporate very quickly.
- It was ICANN's policy to claim such is a bad thing and ban anyone who 
attempted to run alternative roots at large scale. By doing it 
themselves, they will confirm those people's opinion that ICANN is just 
trowing sand in the eyes.
- In any case, such situation will not last more than a couple of 
months, before most of the stakeholders will get together, make new 
arrangements and move forward.
- Those who will lose/be damaged will be those who played with ICANN to 
get speculative registration of their new gTLDs.

Finally, all of this would have been possible before DNSSEC. Today, with 
DNSSEC, the entity that possesses the root zone key owns the root. You 
don't have to be ICANN. Or NTIA, or Verisign. You don't even need that 
much money -- with today's infrastructure and commodity equipment and 
software, you can run an root server even from your home.

By the way, your take is that Internet users have any trust in ICANN. In 
reality, most Internet users don't even know that ICANN exist, what they 
do etc, nor do they care. Same about NTIA, or Verising, of course.


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