Re: [ga-roots] Capture and Diversion (was Smart Browsers)
IMHO this is beyond ICANN's scope as Bret mentioned ealier: the IETF is
the place for decisions like these to happen; therefore if we do have an
opinion I recommend we direct it in their direction.
At 03:14 PM 5/1/2001 -0700, Bret Fausett wrote:
>Patrick Corliss wrote:
> > It seems to me that ICANN can't help but consider the issues of "capture"
> > and/or "diversion" as matters of policy. Otherwise they will have lost
> > control of the whole internet.
>A couple of points.
>First, this isn't about controlling the internet, or even making it safe.
>It's about coordinating a handful of core functions (primarily domain name
>registrations and IP address assignments) in a stable, sane and predictable
>Second, you'd be asking ICANN to make policy in an area in which it could
>not enforce that policy. Remember that ICANN's authority comes from its web
>of contracts with registries and registrars, flowing down to registrants.
>There's no contractual privity with software developers, web designers,
>ISPs, and many others (including alt root operators). So any policy
>pronouncement directed at those people will be advisory only.
>There's no legal reason that ICANN couldn't issue advisory "policy
>proclamations" (e.g., "stop sending spam," "don't design your web site so
>that new windows pop open when a user tries to close one") but its resources
>would be better spent on areas more directly within its mandate. Over time,
>ICANN's credibility and authority would be eroded if it issued
>unenforceable statements of policy on matters not within its mandate.
> -- Bret
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