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URI Ownership Re: DNS alternatives springing up in response to government-mandated registry updates

From: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 17:37:46 -0500
Message-Id: <4FE7DCB3-018B-46F4-9DAC-7FE60D3A935A@opera.com>
Cc: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
To: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>

Le 9 déc. 2010 à 14:50, Noah Mendelsohn a écrit :
> Within days of the ICE/DHS seizures, at least three separate initiatives to work around the DNS had been announced
> ---
> Several specific systems are described.  If things like this proliferate, it could have a significant impact on the de-facto operation of the Web.

Which reminded me of a comment I had done about Web Arch in 2004 about "URI ownership"
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webarch-comments/2004OctDec/thread.html#msg44

I was saying
    2.5 URI ownership
    """One consequence of this approach is the Web's heavy
    reliance on the central DNS registry."""
    That's short for something which is one of the major
    issue of the Web. The whole Web relies on something
    which is dependent on a rented property notion.
    - You own a domain name only for a portion of time
    - You don't own a domain name for ever.
    - A domain name has a cost which makes it
        inaccessible for many persons in the world.

    ====> Consequences: URIs are not free!!!! and so not
        all people can use them and guarantee the ownership.
        In fact, there's no such thing as URI ownership, but
        more "URI renting" or "URI tenant" for URIs based on
        domain names.

Norman Walsh at this time said:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webarch-comments/2004OctDec/0056.html

    The question of who "owns" a domain name strikes me
    as a legal issue more than an architectural one. The
    webarch document extolls the virtues of URI
    persistence and explains the notion of ownership,
    and the rights and responsibilities that are
    associated with it, in a way that I think is
    satisfactory.
    
     Are there any specific changes you would like to
    suggest to the text?

I was asking for defining URI Ownership. The text of Web arch had been slightly modified in Web arch. But I think the issue is still there in the way the Web operates now with strong ties between the URIs
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webarch-comments/2004OctDec/0093.html

The domain names right now in the Web architecture are a weak point, as we can see these days.



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Karl Dubost - http://dev.opera.com/
Developer Relations & Tools, Opera Software
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