North American Network Operators Group|
Date Prev | Date Next | Date Index | Thread Index | Author Index | Historical
Re: what problem are we solving? (was Re: ICANN opens up Pandora'sBox of
On 28 Jun 2008, at 22:31, Joe Greco wrote:
For example, I *ought* to be able to find the Police Department for the City
About as much as I ought to be able to reach the Canadian army at army.mil, or the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration department at cic.gov.
There is no single namespace that makes sense for everybody. For every single person who says "I ought to be able to do X to find Y" there will be someone else for whom Y would be a surprising result for X.
The boat sailed on enforcing regulations for appropriate registrations under particular TLDs long ago. I remember when registering a .NET name for a small, south-western Ontario ISP in about 1995 being told "sorry, that TLD is for ISPs only" and having to prove that I was, in fact, working for an ISP before I could get the delegation. Imagine that happening now?
The DNS had its origins in a desire to use names instead of addresses, because names are easier to remember. But really, the fact that naive users type raw URLs into browsers is an indication that we have more work to do, not that naive users will always need to be exposed to raw URLs. We are already at the point where a significant proportion of the Internet population types names into Google or Yahoo! or Microsoft Live Search, and never reference URLs in the raw unless they are accessed through bookmarks. An increasing number of people use Facebook more for e-mail than they use e-mail for e-mail. If this is a trend, then perhaps we can imagine the day where the average Internet user pays about as much attention to domain names as they do to IP addresses today.
All these conversations about what should or should not be possible in the namespace are pointless. The degrees of freedom are too enormous for any single person or organisation to be able to make even a vaguely accurate guess at what the stable state should be.
The only decision that is required is whether new generic top-level domains are desired. If not, do nothing. Otherwise, shake as much energy into the system as possible and sit back and let it find its own steady state.