First sent: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 17:49:41 +0200
(I am resending as I am not sure if this arrived)
Apologies for my silence. I thought it would be prudent that I lurk a
while as Nii really does have the experience on this issue. I have also
now responded to the ICANN Q&A.
> Thanks to Dr. Quaynor and Dr. Lisse for their responses,
> most enlightening. One further comment:
I concur and thank you too Jeffrey, I always find your postings most
relevent and valueable.
> > > neither Nii nor Calvin address the endorsement by GAC
> > that governments should control the assignment of ccTLD
> > administration.
I am against the idea of Governments controlling tld's. There are other
issues that have an impact on this. Firstly do Governments really want
to control cctlds or do they just want to be included and involved in
ensuring that they work? How much do they really know about what it
takes to run a tld? How much would they like to know about how to run a
tld or even what is a tld? I feel that Governments must be involved,
just as every person and entity that wishes to be involved should be
included. I think that we all agree that internet infrastructure should
and will never be exclusively delegated to any closed group.
> Indeed. I can envision a situation wherein the private
> sector and public organizations become so frustrated
> with the management of ccTLDs under some future
> framework for their administration that they all simply
> decide to abandon ccTLDs and work through the gTLDs.
> Would that be a good thing for Africa?
I don't think it will be a good thing for any country or continent. This
is one of my big concerns for various reasons. I am also sorry to say
that this may already the case for a few African countries (that don't
have their Governments controlling the cctld as per http://afridns.org).
If you look at this problem from the Government perspective, this seems
to be one of the issues driving their concern just as it is yours.
From what I have seen in the comments of all the At Large candidates,
many new tld's are going to emerge fairly quickly. This will impact
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