Robert Elz wrote:
And in this case, this is exactly the point. IANA is the
INTERNET Assigned Numbers Authority, not the IETF Assigned Numbers
Authority - and the code points it assigns and the registries it
maintains are used by the Internet as a whole, not just that part of
it that participates in the IETF.
In my opinion: No. There's no magic in names.
The IANA is a function carried out by a department of ICANN. It has
inherited the name from the work done by Jon Postel since the time when
the Internet was small enough that all the users knew each other by
name. But there is no magic in the name that makes this department have
any more credibility than any other group that performs functions.
We, as the IETF, whose mission it is to "make the Internet work better",
need to look at what the function we want to have performed is, and
whether the current entity is the best one to perform the function we
want performed. Others have to perform the same evaluation when
entrusting their registration functions to this entity.
The name is just a name.
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