[completely off-topic] US says it will retain control of the DNS

Subject: [completely off-topic] US says it will retain control of the DNS
From: Jean Piché (jean@PICHE.COM)
Date: Thu Aug 04 2005 - 13:12:27 EDT

Origianlly posted on the [Sarai-Reader] list

for a commentary:


U.S. Principles on the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System

The United States Government intends to preserve the security and
stability of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System (DNS).
Given the Internet's importance to the world’s economy, it is
essential that the underlying DNS of the Internet remain stable and
secure. As such, the United States is committed to taking no action
that would have the potential to adversely impact the effective and
efficient operation of the DNS and will therefore maintain its
historic role in authorizing changes or modifications to the
authoritative root zone file.

Governments have legitimate interest in the management of their
country code top level domains (ccTLD). The United States recognizes
that governments have legitimate public policy and sovereignty
concerns with respect to the management of their ccTLD. As such, the
United States is committed to working with the international
community to address these concerns, bearing in mind the fundamental
need to ensure stability and security of the Internet’s DNS.

ICANN is the appropriate technical manager of the Internet DNS. The
United States continues to support the ongoing work of ICANN as the
technical manager of the DNS and related technical operations and
recognizes the progress it has made to date. The United States will
continue to provide oversight so that ICANN maintains its focus and
meets its core technical mission.

Dialogue related to Internet governance should continue in relevant
multiple fora. Given the breadth of topics potentially encompassed
under the rubric of Internet governance there is no one venue to
appropriately address the subject in its entirety. While the United
States recognizes that the current Internet system is working, we
encourage an ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders around the world
in the various fora as a way to facilitate discussion and to advance
our shared interest in the ongoing robustness and dynamism of the
Internet. In these fora, the United States will continue to support
market-based approaches and private sector leadership in Internet
development broadly.


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