Date: Fri, Jul 7, 2006 8:40 PM
Subject: Comments on DNS Transition, Docket No. 060519136-6136-01
To the U.S. Department of Commerce:
As the USG rightly noted in its comment to the UN's
WGIG Report, "It is at
the edges where individuals, groups and corporations
alike have the
opportunity to add value to the network through pioneering
and services. Local empowerment [...] reinforces the
importance of all
stakeholders in safeguarding the security, stability
and robustness of
this interconnected network of networks."
Those participating from the edges in the value creation
of the Internet
become more and more aware of policy issues that can
impact the global
Internet, and now want to be involved.
Indeed, since the Internet's value is created by the
cooperation of people all over the world, it is just
legitimate to allow
them not only to have a say, but more particularly to
be heard in the most
appropriate and sustainable way in global Internet-related
The pre-eminant role played by the USG has not always
allowed that, let
alone that transparency and accountability of the ICANN
may be largely improved.
The USG claims its political oversight of ICANN for
the sake of the
security and stability of the Internet. But the fact
is, if that oversight
remains the result of an unilateral decision, the example
of the China
alternative root servers will soon be followed by other
countries and we
may as well forget about the stability of the Internet
and even about the
idea of a global (and unique) Internet altogether.
So far, the Internet is still global, not national.
Therefore no single
Government should have a pre-eminent role in Internet
As the US reviews its contract with ICANN, it should
with all stakeholders to complete the transition to a
Domain Name System
independent of US governmental control, as well as of
government control. The new framework should contain
the legitimate role
of governments to issues critical to their traditional
prejudice to human rights, transparency and accountability.
reinforce the non-governmental and multi-stakeholder
nature, as well as
the bottom up processes of ICANN.
Thank you for your consideration.