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Re: Internet partitioning event regulations (was: RE: Sending vs requesting. Was: Re: Sprint / Cogent)

  • From: Nick Hilliard
  • Date: Thu Nov 06 05:12:40 2008

On 06/11/2008 02:00, [email protected] wrote:
Who owns the DNS root?

The US Government claims to. However, asserting authority over the DNS root is a different matter to a mere claim to ownership, and if the US Government were to unilaterally decide on an action which directly acted against the interests of various other stakeholders in the DNS root (say, the rest of the world - and hey, did anyone mention that there are about 6.4 * 10^9 people outside the USA?), then there are a variety of remedies to the situation, most of which involve balkanisation and all of which are pretty unpalatable to all stakeholders, including the US.

IOW: the DNS root is a system based on trust, rather than mandate of the the USG.