[cctld-discuss] Fw: Christopher Wilkinson's text from Paris meeting on 3 July 2003
Greetings, There is a lot of very rich and interesting topics in presentations from "Domain Name 2003" - Etats Généraux de l'Internet, held in Paris on 3 July 2003 (cf. http://www.eurocio.org/domainname/, under "Documents"), which I recommend to you. In particular the presentation by Christopher Wilkinson is very well written (no surprise !), with several interesting ideas. What Wilkinson says on substance: (1) It seems impossible that Internet governance be anything else than private-public partnership - this kind of solution to global Internet governance is the only viable way forward. Any idea about an inter-governmental solution can only lead to the failure, because of its inherent impossibility to be implemented, absent the cooperation of relevant constituencies and operators worldwide, that would clearly not be forthcoming. (2) In general the governments are happy to deliver non mandatory advices and to remain within a Consultative Committee GAC. The basic reason for that is that GAC members themselves insisted that the ultimate responsibility for ICANN decisions - and eventual liability - must remain with the ICANN Board. (3) The Internet's architecture, technology and protocols do not conform to those of the international telecommunications system. The UIT was a place to inter-connect disparate telephony, to unify and make standards, and to validate interoperability through formal links and agreements between States and by an international treaty, while the Internet is global since its inception, there is nothing to inter-connect; (4) When the governments understand how the Internet works, their real demands are not for sovereignty over their bit of the Internet, but rather a shared authority over critical functions for the global Internet as a whole. Contrary-wise, if all that most governments can ask for, and hope for, is sovereignty over their ccTLD, in practice that would reduce, not increase, their influence over the Internet in their jurisdiction. A very bad deal indeed. On the contrary, the GAC in relation to ICANN does provide a forum for the development and implementation of shared public authority, where necessary. (5) the role of the ccTLD is fundamental, and shall be seen in lights of what precedes. Kind regards, Elisabeth NB. Original PDF is attached.