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Re: <nettime> 'IANA' to revoke .su ccTLD?
Morlock Elloi on Thu, 24 Oct 2002 05:11:47 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> 'IANA' to revoke .su ccTLD?

Voicing dissent against visible "enemy" attracts attention, promotes action and
justified anger by public/followers. I propose that the "enemy" here is a false
one, and all this commotion just serves as a security valve to let the steam
out, steam that could be harnessed to deal with real problems (amount of
dissent in the universe is constant.)

The real issue is how to sidestep the current DNS with its root servers
controlled by people that didn't quite managed to become politicians, but
thanks to this internet thingie got some sort of power anyways.

There are several ongoing sidestepping efforts. The feat is quite doable
technically, what is missing is evangelisation. In the past alternate roots
were just attempts by wannabees to create TLDs without ICANN's blessing and
oiling and then make some money. Only distributed solutions have chance to make
ICANN irrelevant without becoming one. That is worth investing time in. And
many do.

When confronted by pneumonia, chanting and exorcism are far less effective than

> no effect -- unless, of course, one is intent on flogging defeatism on
> the basis of a priori assumptions, which seems to be what you're up to.
> it's been my impression on and off that ICANN's critics have seriously
> changed the organization and the debates within and surrounding it, but 
> the rule about lacking a comparison applies equally in that regard: we
> can't know.

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