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Username: LoriDD
Date/Time: Mon, August 12, 2002 at 6:34 PM GMT
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Subject: Whoever controls our domain name service controls our destiny.


        The IMS/ISC bid is a joint proposal of two technically savvy nonprofits, the Internet Multicasting Service and Internet Software Consortium.

The joint bid of the Internet Multicasting Service and the Internet Software Consortium has an entirely different model of accountability. This bid is the brainchild of Carl Malamud, the man who helped force the U.S. government to make the publicly owned Securities and Exchange Commission data truly accessible to the public. This partnership already operates the domain name service for the 22 top level domains and produces BIND, the actual open source software that runs most domain name servers. Their accountability will come from traditional Internet approaches to transparency. For example, all their software will be freely available with no restrictions in source and binary form. It's a high form of accountability that also has the potential to drive down costs.


Link: The Power of Names: Why the .org Registry Matters - by Michael C. Gilbert

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