[IANAtransition] Looking to historical models of international standards

Miles Fidelman mfidelman at meetinghouse.net
Sat Apr 5 16:29:21 UTC 2014

Andrew Sullivan wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 05, 2014 at 10:40:30AM -0400, Miles Fidelman wrote:
>> Maybe this is all as simple as IETF "recognizing" ICANN as the IP
>> and DNS registration authority.
> If we make two edits, viz. s/IP and DNS/IP and DNS and protocol
> parameters/, and s/ICANN/IANA/, we simply make explicit the present
> state of affairs, right?  Then, at one level of indirection, we have
> "ICANN does IANA function".
> I think the controversy is all about who acts as IANA and how they do
> that, no?  So simply "recognizing" someone isn't enough, I suspect.

Let's ask the question - why not?
- ISO 2108 Specifies the format for ISBNs, ISO appointed the 
International ISBN Agency as the global registration authority, which 
seems to delegate to national authorities, who in turn delegate 
authority to publishers
- ISO 6346 specifies numbering for freight containers, with 
administration per:
"The *Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal 
(B.I.C.)*, with over 1900 members, is the only non-governmental 
organization linking all groups interested in containerization and 
intermodal transport: carriers, manufacturers, operators, lessors, 
shippers, forwarders, authorities and other international organizations. 
Besides its mandate under the *ISO <http://www.iso.org/iso/home.htm>* 
and the *WCO* <http://www.wcoomd.org/> to allocate and protect the ISO 
alpha code for the identification of containers in international trade, 
the BIC assignment includes:
- IEEE both manages the 802.x series standards and hands out the OUIs 
that go into, among other things, MAC addresses

So, as John Curran indicated separately"
"This occurs in the ICANN/IAB/IETF MOU (RFC 2860); all IETF parameter 
spaces are administered by ICANN per IETF technical specifications; the 
DNS and IP spaces pose additional "policy issues" (which are beyond the 
scope of the agreement but in the event ICANN adopts a policy that 
prevents it from complying with the IETF technical guidance, the IETF 
may terminate the relationship.)"

So... if NTIA were simply to walk away - and it's various purely rubber 
stamp functions were redistributed - does anything else really need to 

Miles Fidelman

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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