[ccwg-internet-governance] [ianatransition] [IANAxfer] Jurisdiction (was Composition of the ICG)

Jefsey jefsey at jefsey.com
Mon Aug 4 17:17:24 UTC 2014

Sorry, I was out this after-noon when the telepresse mail was sent.

Let me correct a few things:

At 15:23 04/08/2014, Steve Crocker wrote:
> > this word in the internet community comes from Doug Engelbart's 
> theory you will find documented on http://www.dougengelbart.org/.
>The word "bootstrap" is *much* older than the network 
>community.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootstrapping for a 
>brief explanation.

As you may read it in the Steve's explanation there are three meanings:
- either as in common language: bootstrapping usually refers to the 
starting of a self-sustaining proces, i.e. an absurdly impossible action
- the computer industrry explanation that Steve gives. It would mean 
that the ICG has a redetermined result to achieve. (by NTIA or BoD?)
- Doug Engelbart's "bootstrapping for innovation", which follows the 
bootstraping paradigm (http://www.dougengelbart.org/vision/paradigm-map.html)

So you have the choice between the ICG being assigned a crazy, a 
predecided, or an innovative job. May be a realistic definition.:-)

> > Doug is the father of this community as he hired several of its 
> founders and created the NIC (Network Intelligence Cnter) and the RFC system.
>Network INFORMATION Center.

Yes. There was probably a confusion with 
http://www.dougengelbart.org/projects/member-nics.html, Networked 
Improvement Communities.

"A bootstrapping NIC is a NIC whose mission has to do with boosting 
collective IQ, and is both provider and aggresssive pioneering user 
of the technologies and/or best practices it delivers.".

I will not harp on my disagreement - not opposition with the Augment 
Division. I was not alone and this is history. It was one the 
important contribution to my "locality problem" evaluation in the 
digitality context. The most important one at that time came from the 
people behind the Tymshare OS and the Tymnet architecture: Ann and 
Norman Hardy.


>I coined the term Request for Comments (RFC) in April 1969 while I 
>was working on the Arpanet project at UCLA.  It was the designator 
>for notes produced by all members of the Network Working Group 
>(NWG).  At first the NWG was representatives from the first four 
>Arpanet sites, UCLA, SRI, UCSB and Utah, and then expanded as others 
>prepared to join the network.
>Engelbart's lab at SRI had developed interactive graphics for text, 
>including hyperlinks, and he invented the mouse and a five finger 
>keyboard.  As the Arpanet expanded, Engelbart steered his lab toward 
>supporting the network with an information center to house and 
>distribute key documents.  The RFCs were part of that 
>inventory.  Jon Postel, another graduate student at UCLA, took over 
>the very lightweight management of the RFCs from me when I went to 
>DARPA in June 1970, and he carried that task with him when he went 
>first to Mitre Corp, to Engelbart's lab at SRI and eventually to 
>USC-ISI.  Over time, that very modest role of assigning numbers to 
>RFCs expanded to the IANA function.
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