From: Jacques Berleur <jberleur@info.fundp.ac.be>
To: <DNSTransition@ntia.doc.gov>
Date: Thu, Jul 6, 2006 6:30 AM
Subject: Comments on DNS Transition, Docket No. 060519136-6136-01

To: Fiona Alexander
Office of International Affairs
NTIA Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington DC 20230
USA

In its US Principles of June 2005, NTIA stated
that « 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. »

It is well documented now that « Recognition of
the Internet's global importance is leading to
growing demands from governments, private
enterprises, non-governmental organizations
(NGOs), communities and individuals around the
world to be stakeholders and partners in its
governance processes. The Oxford Internet
Institute forum strongly confirmed
recommendations from the WSIS and elsewhere for
such multi-stakeholder, consensus seeking
processes. (The Emerging Internet Governance
Mosaic: Connecting the Pieces, by William H.
Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute, OII Forum
Discussion Paper No. 5 July 2005)

It does appear clearly today that the Internet's
value is created by the participation and
cooperation of people all over the world. The
Internet is global, not national. Therefore no
single Government should have a pre-eminent role
in Internet governance, as it has been stressed
several times and more recently during the last
WSIS.

As the US reviews its contract with ICANN, in the
spirit of the WSIS Tunis Agenda, it should work
cooperatively with all stakeholders to complete
the transition to a Domain Name System
independent of US governmental control.

Regards,

Jacques Berleur
University of Namur, Belgium