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Europe discusses the future of Internet naming and addressing

More than 140 representatives from industry, EU and third country governments, international organisations and Internet service providers met in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 July 1998, to discuss the future organisation and management of Internet naming and addressing. The meeting ...
More than 140 representatives from industry, EU and third country governments, international organisations and Internet service providers met in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 July 1998, to discuss the future organisation and management of Internet naming and addressing. The meeting was opened by Mr. Chris Wilkinson of the European Commission, DG XIII, who welcomed the interest shown in the issue by a very broad and representative cross section of European Internet stakeholders.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the US White Paper of 5 June 1998 which calls for the creation of a new, private, non-profit making organisation, which will assume the responsibilities of the existing Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). This would become the self-regulatory body responsible for Internet naming and addressing and would manage IP addresses, IP protocols and the Root Server system.

The main sessions addressed issues such as the future structure and organisation of the new body, the policies for Registries and Registrars, the preconditions of stability, reliability and growth of the Internet, and policies for the Domain Name System. The meeting reached consensus on a wide range of issues and stressed the importance of a broad and open membership of the future corporation, significant participation and representation of existing bodies, and fair and transparent funding mechanisms.

The overall conclusion was that the bodies will continue to ensure full and active participation in the international process for the designation of the new body and related issues in order to represent the legitimate interests of European industries and users.

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