From: "Shahryar, Suheil" <sshahryar@verisign.com>
To: <DNSTransition@ntia.doc.gov>
Date: Mon, Jul 3, 2006 7:42 AM
Subject: How the Internet should be run

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OBJECTIVE
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I think that the Internet should be considered an international resource to which everyone has right of access and in essence of ownership. Much like a public highway, usage of the Internet should be chargeable (either via tax or toll) based on volume of usage over an agreed period. Annual usage charges to individuals (as opposed to companies and organisations) should be minimal and be included in the cost charged by an ISP or equivalent service provider (like the air travel tax levied on air passengers by airline carriers). For those unable to afford to pay the basic charge, governments or equivalent responsible agencies should be mandated to pay on their behalf out of charitable funds set aside for this purpose.

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OWNERSHIP
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Ownership and associated management of the Internet must be delegated to National, State or equivalent agencies, the number of which should be kept to low. Every individual should have the right to determine to whom they would like to delegate the ownership and management responsibility. Individuals themselves should not be able to retain management rights, however they should be subject to ownership liability, including mandatory agreement to acceptable use of the Internet. This agreement should be obtained upon registration of an Internet address (email, URL or other). Every individual should have the right the determine the real name of their address, but not the unique name of their address which must be determined according to a universal address format.

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MANAGEMENT
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The Internet should be run in accordance with at least the best practices in legal, commercial, and governmental processes. The running of the Internet should be outsourced to multiple and preferably private not for profit organizations. The number of organizations managing the Internet should be minimized but not monopolised. These organizations should agree to the general rules of the Internet stipulated by a significant majority of the delegated Internet owners and reconfirmed on a yearly basis through a voting system where every individual has one and only right to vote. The delegated owners should maintain oversight of the management, with clear segregation of duties between the delegated owners and the management organizations, very much like the difference between a company's Board and the executive.

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CONTROL
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The monitoring and policing of the Internet should be assigned to approved companies, not associated with either the delegated owners or the management entities. Monitoring and control should abide by the rules of the Internet, which must abide my international rules and rights of the individual, eg Human Rights. Privacy of individuals must be maintained in accordance with the best privacy laws of member states or owner entities. Monitoring should be delegated to companies selected by the delegated owners. These companies should be audited under the rules of the Internet.

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IMPROVEMENT
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There should be a single body composed of representatives of selected delegated owners responsible for the development and improvement of the Internet design, as well as discussing and setting the strategic vision of the Internet. Any significant change to the architecture of the Internet or of its management processes should be put to the vote to the delegated owners and approved if there is a significant majority.

Thanks and regards
Suheil Shahryar
(Profession: Director of Information Security Consulting)
18 Poets Court
Milton Road
Harpenden AL5 5EW
United Kingdom
mailto:suheil.shahryar@ntrlworld.com