From: "Tom Doehne" <email@example.com>
We are in an age where free flow of information is the key
For this reason, the management of vital infrastructure must
be in the
control of an institution without inherent commercial or national
Any international board controlled by representatives of some nations would be vulnerable to capture by an alliance of some of them. It is easy to forsee a cabal of despots attempting to seize the internet. A for-profit commercial entity or institution controlled by them would be vulnerable to financial corruption. A for-profit entity would, under pressure to show good financial results, quickly succumb to the temptation to misuse its power. Nations and businesses are vulnerable to the temptation to protect or gain advantage by restricting the flow of information. For that reason, both are poor guardians of the internet in the long run.
The best institution would be a non-profit foundation controlled
non-profit, non-governmental institutions with an interest
in the free flow
of information. The foundation board members should be chosen
or elected by
non-profit educational institutions. The institutions that
boards should be private, not be controlled by any other financial
or national government. The foundation should be advised by
I applaud the decision to put control of the internet namespace in private hands. For the sake of our future prosperity, put it in non-commercial hands as well!