|Ronda Hauben on 30 Mar 2001 19:51:00 -0000
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|[Nettime-bold] Silence surrounding creation of new NAS DNS study committee?
"National Academy of Science Enters the DNS Controversy New Committee Established to Do Study for US Congress" "Considering [the]... background and the official role of the NAS to advise the US government on scientific matters, what expertise is needed to fulfill this request by the US Congress? Does the definition of the problem and the composition of the NAS committee demonstrate an understanding of the challenge? " From article in Telepolis: http://www.telepolis.de/english/inhalt/te/7248/1.html A process that made it possible to build the Internet was a process that learned from what had been created toward determining what was needed for future development. Is the composition of the new DNS NAS committee such that there is the expertise to learn the needed lessons from the current achievement of the Internet as a general purpose interactive and international human-computer-communications metasystem? Judging by some of the biographies of the provisional members of the committee, there seems little indication that an understanding of the development of the Internet was the criteria for the selection of several of the members of the committee. The public has 20 days from the date that the initial appointments were made to make comments on the selection of members. The initial appointments were supposedly made on March 16. This would mean that comments on the provisional appointments would need to be submitted to the NAS by April 4. In such a controversial matter, it seems a serious problem that there has been so little public discussion or awareness of the creation and composition of this committee thus far. It would be good to see public discussion of the nature of the scope of the committee and its composition before the end of the comment period. This committee is charged with writing a report for the US Congress which will serve as advice for the US policy toward the domain name system development and its future. This is an area of technical development that will impact all users of the Internet, and yet a small group of people, a number of whom seem to have limited knowledge of the nature of the development of the Internet, are being charged with advising the US Congress on the Internet's future development. It is hard to know how the public can have any impact on this process, but one can predict what will be the outcome if the online community continues to be excluded from the activity of the NAS in the formation and workings of this committee. Ronda firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.columbia.edu/~hauben/netizens http://www.columbia.edu/~rh120/other/birth_internet.txt _______________________________________________ Nettime-bold mailing list Nettimeemail@example.com http://www.nettime.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/nettime-bold