Internet partitioning event regulations (was: RE: Sending vs requesting. Was: Re: Sprint / Cogent)
nick at foobar.org
Thu Nov 6 04:12:14 CST 2008
On 06/11/2008 02:00, Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu 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
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