Via Lauren Weinstein
, we find out that ICANN has effectively lost its bid to retain control over IANA functions
, though the fact that everyone else sucks too means it gets to hang on for at least six more months. In the meantime, though, it appears the whole thing took an always out-of-touch ICANN by surprise:
In a worrying turn of events, it appears that ICANN had no idea about
the rejection of its bid for long-term running of the IANA contract
prior to an announcement being posted on the NTIA's website today.
The organization - which has run the IANA functions for over a decade
- is also waiting to hear why the US government feels it has failed to
meet the RFP criteria that defined a new, more open approach to the
In a series of sudden and unexpected announcements earlier
today, the NTIA first announced it was canceling the entire rebid
process for IANA, then that it was canceling it because no one had met
its criteria, and then that it was extending ICANN's IANA contract for
six months to give it time to re-run the RFP process.
IANA is the part that manages the authoritative root servers and important things like IP address allocations. ICANN has run that (along with its core functionality of overseeing DNS) basically since all of this was set up when lots of people realized that perhaps relying on one guy
(as brilliant as he was) to manage the entire internet wasn't the best solution. The fact that ICANN didn't breeze through the IANA RFP is an interesting result, and as Lauren Weinstein notes, it's as if ICANN has taken on quite an entitlement viewpoint:
In my view, ICANN's behavior of late regarding the NTIA has been
something like the Wall Street firms vs. their ersatz regulators -- a
sense of entitlement and "we're too important to be replaced" plowing
forward with the domain-industrial complex's "get rich quick" agenda,
with only lip-service being paid to NTIA. As I said earlier today, I
would expect ICANN to find a way to come into "technical" compliance
for now. But I still also feel very strongly that we need a
purpose-built replacement for ICANN that will not carry its ever
increasing political and "domainer" baggage. Not the UN. Not the
ITU. But a new international forum that cares about all the
Internet's users, not mainly the monied domain exploitation interests
at the top of the DNS food chain.
If only there were real efforts being made to move in that direction...