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Multilateral Control of Internet Infrastructure and its Impact on US Sovereignty Kenneth Neil Cukier Or: “80 pages with 150 notes in 9 slides and 15 minutes.

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1 Multilateral Control of Internet Infrastructure and its Impact on US Sovereignty Kenneth Neil Cukier Or: “80 pages with 150 notes in 9 slides and 15 minutes -- going from back to front”

2 Conclusion: US ceding authority over “XCANN” represents a slight loss of sovereignty and power, but provided the US’s broader interests are achieved, this is not a reason to change policy

3 Key US interests: Decentralized & open architecture Multi-stakeholder process International legitimacy for ICANN No single organization in control White Paper goals (open, accountable, etc.)

4 ICANN matters, but isn’t vital; Power is symbolic or illusory US only has power so long as it remains unused Whatever benefit of control, US can achieve by other means More problems for US from retaining control than ceding it.

5 Empirical v. theoretical power A few examples… Wiretap and IETF WIPO and US law Root server placement and ICANN process.kids and.kids.us

6 Why we should care Internet coordination is the one place, that if used, could impact mainstream political matters -- and “freedoms/rights” -- like free expression, privacy, low-cost access, etc.

7 Why we shouldn’t care Tough to find a way that using control of ICANN to promote national interest can’t be done more easily and effectively on a national level instead

8 The horror stories… … are so remote that there’s no vital interest at stake, e.g.: * ICANN deletes.fr from the root * XCANN cancels US IP number assignments

9 What we need to remember The Internet Protocol is just that, a protocol, an agreement -- that’s all it is. Entities retain the right to deviate from its use -- so a healthy balance-of-power to constrain power exists among stakeholders. “Sticky power” holds us all in

10 Key interest Maintain decentralized architecture (for innovation and technical reinvention) Not render sacrosanct current DNS system or organization to manage it

11 Thank you Kenneth Neil Cukier Paper online at: www.cukier.com/writings/cukier-netgov- TPRC04.pdf


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