FW: Invitation to Provide Input: U.S. NAS Study on Internet Navigation & the Domain Name System

FW: Invitation to Provide Input: U.S. NAS Study on Internet Navigation & the Domain Name System

From: Ian Johnston <ian.johnston§infobrokers.com.au>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 13:53:46 +0800
This invitation relates to a significant study by a committee of the U.S.
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.  The committee has received
many submissions over the last year, but none from Australia (as at 20 Feb

Ian Johnston, Policy Consultant
Small Enterprise Telecommunications Centre Limited (SETEL)
http://www.setel.com.au   mailto:ian.johnston&#167;setel.com.au

SETEL is a national small business consumer association
Advancing and representing the interest of Australian small business
as telecommunications and electronic commerce consumers

-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Inouye [mailto:AInouye&#167;nas.edu]
Sent: Sunday, 3 March 2002 11:55 PM
To: dnsupdt
Subject: Invitation to Provide Input: U.S. NAS Study on Internet Navigation
& the Domain Name System


3 MARCH 2002


An Invitation to Individuals Worldwide to Provide Input to a Study Conducted
by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the U.S. National
Academy of Sciences (NAS) is soliciting input regarding its study on
Internet Navigation and the Domain Name System (DNS).  This study, mandated
by the U.S. Congress, will provide analysis and advice for consideration by
agencies of the U.S. Government, interested international institutions, and
other stakeholders.  Studies of the NAS (which is not a unit of the U.S.
Government) operate under strict rules to ensure that all relevant
perspectives are considered and to avoid undue influence from any particular
stakeholder.  For further elaboration on the study process, see

The demands on the domain name system and Internet navigation tools are
expected to increase in the coming years because of continued growth of the
Internet--in terms of the number of users as well as new ways in which the
Internet can be used by society.  This study will examine potential new
technologies or new uses of existing technologies that could support and
improve the operation of the DNS and navigation tools to meet these demands.
The relevant legal, economic, political, and social issues will also be
considered, because technologies related to the DNS and Internet navigation
do not operate in isolation, but must be deployed within a complex and
challenging national and international context.  The project scope and other
information about the study may be found at
<http://www.cstb.org/web/project_dns>.   At this time, we are soliciting
input  from the public worldwide on the issues set forth above, including
the specific issues that are being examined by the study committee:

1.  The particular characteristics of individual nations that are not being
accommodated by currently-available mechanisms for navigation on the

2.  The extent to which people in each country use domain names directly
(i.e., by typing domain names into a software program as opposed to using a
portal, search engine, or clicking on a link provided by others) to find the
information that they seek on the Internet.  The committee is interested in
relevant data or published reports that characterize this use.

3.  The technological challenges that inhibit citizens of a country from
finding the information that they seek on the Internet, including the market
(economic), social, research, or governance constraints that impede the
development and deployment of technologies that could overcome these

4.  Within the context of the project scope of this study, the Committee is
interested in specific comments on improving Internet navigation and the
domain name system that would be relevant to any or all of the following
institutions, industries, or communities:  ICANN, IETF,
U.S. Government (U.S. Congress, National Science Foundation, Department of
Commerce, etc.), major software or network service providers, domain name
registrars and registries, and other institutions or industries (specify).
For each instance, please explain how your recommendation would improve
navigation on the Internet at large and/or for the citizens of your country.

Please note that any comments provided to the Committee through this
invitation, including your name or identifying information, will not be kept
confidential and will be included in a Public Access File, and may be posted
on our Web site and used pursuant to our terms of use statement
<http://http://www.nationalacademies.org/legal/terms.html>. Comments for
each of the four issues should be in English and should not exceed 500 words
per issue; those portions of comments that exceed 500 words or that are in
languages other than English will not be posted.

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) reserves the right
not to post particular comments if such posting would violate any ordinance,
regulation, or law, or a policy of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, or
for any other reason at the sole discretion of the CSTB.  Comments are
needed by April 10th; any input received after April 10 might not be posted
nor considered by the study committee in its deliberations.  Anonymous
comments are acceptable, but keep in mind that names and email addresses
that are included with comments will be posted.  Comments should be sent by
email with the text within the email itself, not included as an attachment.
Send your comments to Ms. Margaret Huynh, mhuynh&#167;nas.edu.  Any questions
should also be directed to Ms. Huynh at this email address or by phone at
(001) 202-334-2605.

The study chairman and study director are planning to be present at the
upcoming IETF meeting (in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) and ICANN meeting
(Accra, Ghana) respectively.  Those who would like to provide input directly
to the study chairman (in Minneapolis) should contact Ms. Huynh to arrange
an appointment.  Those who would like to provide comments directly to the
study director (in Accra) should contact him at alan_in_ghana&#167;hotmail.com to
arrange an appointment.

Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Roger Levien, Chair
Robert Austein
Stanley Besen
Christine L. Borgman
Jean Camp
Timothy Casey
Hugh Dubberly
Patrik Faltstrom
Charles H. Ferguson
Per-Kristian Halvorsen
Marylee Jenkins
John C. Klensin
Milton L. Mueller
Sharon Nelson
Craig Partridge
William Raduchel
Hal R. Varian
Gregory Whitten

Note:  Biographical information may be found at


Alan Inouye, Study Director
Cynthia Patterson
Margaret Huynh

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