[ccwg-internet-governance] [ianatransition] Beginning: Multistakeholder Empowerment Framework

Tamer Rizk trizk at inficron.com
Tue Aug 26 23:11:14 UTC 2014

Given the difficulty of according a definition for what constitutes 
unwanted international communication, is it reasonable to conceive 
expedition of agreement on the constituency of industry or domain 
ownership? Every nation has a unique culture stemming from a set of 
norms rooted in societal consensus fostered over the ages. Yet we all 
share common hopes for prosperity, security and liberty in context of 
our cultures. This paradox of nations, potentiated by differences and 
similarities in resource, is the competitive charge driving global economy.

Since a top-level domain presumably yet requires a multitude of domain 
subcategories to operate to some standard to accrue credibility, it is 
prudently positioned by definition to become the standard discriminating 
the category. Should one entity be granted global title to a domain or 
industry, with the means by which to cultivate widespread recognition, 
no other entity would be able to compete. Any minorities adversely 
affected by such perpetuity would find little recourse in synonymous 
viability of appealing to the benefactor.

While we examine the broader question of equitable governance through 
exploration of agreement on a framework for accountability, we must 
individually implement prevalent infrastructure that preserves the 
freedom of self-determination with respect to one another's economies 
and cultures. This may be achieved through the integration of 
authoritative rule-sets that enable selectivity at local root server 
instances, in turn empowering local distribution masters to externally 
reflect global root preferences as defined within its locally signed 
zone. Each entity hosting a distribution master in the resulting 
federation should default to the global root and parity check its 
preference of other distribution masters to automate global awareness.

Such a hybrid approach maintains Internet cohesion at a single global 
root while both resolving conflict through local augmentation and 
promoting competition through choice facilitation. Beyond the 
recognizable advantages that accrue to stakeholders based on merit, a 
federation hybrid implies an inherent accountability mechanism for the 
purchase of time in an evolutionary transition. Should an entity be 
motivated to leverage augmentation of its local root zone, it would 
either find some level of adoption or recognition within the 
international community, to the extent of which affects its standing in 
the global root and its ongoing relationship with the IANA functions 
operator. Conversely, the IANA functions operator would naturally remain 
insulated from direction by interest groups, constrained to the 
consensus of the international community by risk of losing relevance to 
entities well prepared for an event of reelection.

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