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Thoughts and Commentary by Karl Auerbach

Locus ab auctoritate .. est infirmissimus.
(The argument from authority is the weakest.)
– Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274).

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By Karl Auerbach / Internet Governance  Index
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Reconsideration Request Way back in 1999 ICANN began the great giveaway of the crown jewels of the internet to Network Solutions, nee Verisign. 

Boston Working Group Submission to NTIA This is the Boston Working Group (BWG) submission to NTIA on NTIA's plan to form ICANN.  September 29, 1998

A Plan To Reform ICANN: A Functional Approach This is one of several papers that describes a way to structure bodies of internet governance, such as ICANN, into tightly constrained units that are less likely to go astray or suffer from mission bloat. April 2002

Campaign Platform - Election for North American Director of ICANN This is my campaign platform for the year 2000 election for the North American seat on the ICANN board of directors.  There is a fair amount of material here, much of it is still relevant today.  November 10, 2000.

Internet Governance - By Whom? This is a note written not long after ICANN got started - and it reflects on how poor a start it was and how it established the pattern for the ICANN we have today.  May 1, 1999

Thoughts on the NTIA Green Paper This is a copy of the NTIA "Green" paper of January 30, 1998 with some of my comments interleaved.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS), and The Privacy Act of 1974 This is a collection of pages from 1998 describing the role of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the domain name system.


Containing the whole Science of Government This is a chapter from Charles Dickens' book Little Dorrit (1857)  The chapter describes the Circumlocution Office.  It may, and should, call to mind a certain existing institution of internet governance.

My presentation on Internet Naming to the US National Research Council The Domain Name System is often touted as a kind of global, uniform name space for the internet. It is not. This note describes various ways in which DNS lacks those properties that people and bodies of internet governance assume that it has. (Powerpoint format), July 2001

Protecting the Internet's Domain Name System The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the few parts of the internet that can be considered a single point of failure. 

Stakeholderism - The Wrong Road For Internet Governance Submitted to the the Meeting of the UN Internet Governance Forum. 

A note to NTIA for their review of their "transition" to ICANN. My submission to "The Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System

My comments to NTIA's "mid-term review" of its ICANN "JPA" agreement. My comments on NTIA's "The Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet's Domain Name and Addressing System: Midterm Review of the Joint Project Agreement"

Structural Principles For Internet Governance Materials for the Meeting of the UN Internet Governance Forum. 

My testimony before the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. June 12, 2002

My submission to the Communications subcommittee of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation July 31, 2003

What I would say to the House Commerce Committee were I invited to testify July 17, 1999

Suppose ICANN Had An At-Large Membership Drive Humor - Suppose ICANN hired a telemarketeer to try to get you to join. What might that be like? August 22, 1999

Decision Diary During my term on the ICANN board of directors I kept a written, public diary of my decisions.  This is that diary.  It spans the entire duration of my term, November 2000 through July 2003.

A Prescription To Promote The Progress of Science and Useful Arts - Reining-in Private Governmental Organizations (PGOs) As published in the January 2002 issue of Internet Law and Business (http://www.lawreporters.com)

Evaluation of ICANN As my last act as a director of ICANN and during the course of a public meeting I tendered this report to ICANN's Board of Directors.  ICANN has never acknowledged this document; nor does it appear in any ICANN document collection or website.  Adobe Acrobat format, 13 pages.  June 2003

ICANN Mission Statement Generator Are you a prolix pleonast?  Do mission statements amuse you? 

Request for Independent Review After ICANN rejected my Request for Reconsideration of ICANN great giveaway to Network Solutions (now Verisign) as being in violation of ICANN's procedures, I submitted this Request for Independent Review. 

Contracting the Internet: Does ICANN create a barrier to small business?

This is a statement made before the Committee on Small Business,


Fragmentation of the Internet

This is a presentation that I gave at the American Bar Association (ABA) National Institute on "Computing and the Law: From Steps to Strides into the New Age".  San Francisco, June 2007.


Questioning Authority – Searching For Stability In Internet Governance

I spoke on the weakness of ICANN's legal and technical foundations, and the potential collapse of ICANN as a result, at Signifiers in Cyberspace: Domain Names and Online Trademarks at the Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, November 12-13, 2009.


My Senate Testimony on ICANN of February 14, 2001  

 
By Karl Auerbach / Internet Governance / ITU meeting on IG (Feb 2004)  Index
Materials presented at the ITU meeting on Internet Governance in Geneva, February 2004
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Deconstructing Internet Governance  

First Law of the Internet  

Governing the Internet, A Functional Approach  

Panel presentation and speakers notes  

 
By Karl Auerbach / Internet Technology  Index
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Fast Path Characterization Protocol (FPCP) What is "proximity" on the internet and how do we measure it? 

My presentation on Internet Naming to the US National Research Council The Domain Name System is often touted as a kind of global, uniform name space for the internet. It is not. This note describes various ways in which DNS lacks those properties that people and bodies of internet governance assume that it has. (Powerpoint format), July 2001

On Entity Associations In A Cloud Network

This is a paper I wrote in 2010 about issues that arise when naming things that exist in a cloud network.  Most particularly this note deals with issues concerning persistent network relationships between entitites that exist within a cloud-net.


From Barnstorming to Boeing - Transforming the Internet Into a Lifeline Utility 8th IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Powerpoint format, March 26, 2003

From Barnstorming to Boeing - Transforming the Internet Into a Lifeline Utility - Speaker's Notes 8th IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 26, 2003

 
By Karl Auerbach / Miscellaneous  Index
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SENATE REPORT NO. 93-1183 (Privacy Act of 1974) I scanned and OCR'ed a paper version of the Senate Report on what was to become the Privacy Act of 1974.

History of the Privacy Act of 1974 I did not write the main body of this document; I merely resurrected it from paper format.

 
External Links  Index
Links to documents by other authors.
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My Lawsuit Against ICANN During my term as a Director of ICANN ICANN's staff (and several members of the board) obstructed me when I tried to perform my duties as a director.  It became necessary to obtain a court order to compel ICANN to cease its unlawful behaviour.  This link leads to the case file.

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