DOC Statement on Principles

People all over the place are trying to decipher the U.S. Statement of Principles 06-30-2005, which seems to assert, according to one reading, that the United States Government intends to keep its control over ICANN. I see a number of statements i…

People all over the place are trying to decipher the U.S. Statement of Principles 06-30-2005, which seems to assert, according to one reading, that the United States Government intends to keep its control over ICANN.I see a number of statements in here: The first principle asserts that the USG intends to preserve the security and stability of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System. That could be right out of an ICANN statement of priorities, and does not imply any statement of distrust in ICANN. Notably absent from this section (and from others further on) is any mention of how long the USG is going to maintain its role.The second principle — Governments have legitimate interest in the management of their country code top level domains (ccTLD) — is not so much a bold assertion of governmental influence on Internet governance, but much more an assertion of that influence’s limits: On the one hand, the government role is confined to the ccTLD space, on the other hand, it’s confined by the DNS’s stability and security (which is, in turn, ICANN’s job).The third statement is a statement of support to ICANN, with the usual description of ICANN’s role as “technical management.”The fourth and final statement — Dialogue related to Internet governance should continue in relevant multiple fora — is notable for its emphasis on multiple fora, and private sector leadership, as opposed to a single, multi-stakeholder thing that could be installed as the new oversight body.What the statement is lacking is any indication of how long the USG will maintain its historical role and exercise continued oversight.I’m sure that this statement is a direct response to the — so far unpublished — WGIG report. Much of the context we’re missing now will fall in place when that report becomes available.