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Re: Something better than DNS?

Subject: Re: Something better than DNS?
From: Carl Malamud
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 15:55:30 -0800 PST
Hi -

I actually think the question of how a namespace is to be administered
is a perfectly valid one for the IETF to consider if it impacts the 
performance or functionality of a protocol.  

We do that all the time when we give explicit instructions to the IANA 
in an "IANA Considerations" section.  The IETF could also do the same 
in an "ICANN Considerations" section when it comes to the DNS.  


> Brian E Carpenter wrote, On 29/11/2006 10:43:
> > your question is linked to whether we treat the namespace as a public
> > good to be administered for the greater public good, or as a
> > commodity to be treated like coffee beans. And that really isn't
> > a question for this technological community.
> Depends how you look at it. Technological choices do have an impact on
> what the society is able to do (or not). It is up to the society to tell
> the engineers what it needs/wants. But I agree there are other fora for
> this.
> Patrick
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