We appreciate being given the opportunity to express our views on international public policy issues responding to the online consultation made by the Council Working Group on international Internet-related public policy issues(CWG-Internet) . We would like to provide input to Issue 3 Consultation on developmental aspects of the Internet.
Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS) is a private company that serves as Japanese ccTLD (.jp) registry. It makes contribution to the global and local Internet resource management in coordination with ICANN, JPNIC, Japanese government, and other entities. It makes various other contributions as well to the Internet growth and development through IETF, ISOC, and so on.
Here we submit our comments from the standpoint of a ccTLD registry, which serves to the Internet infrastructure mainly through domain name management and domain name system (DNS) operation.
One of the indispensable nature of the Internet is "equally connecting every corner of the world". It has been the strong will and autonomous activities of various stakeholders, mainly of private sector entities, that have served as driving force of the growth and development of the Internet. Such activities, among others, include policy setting, technical standardization, and operation of the Internet. Below are the examples of the forums yielding such activities.
ICANN continuously contributes to the security and stability of the domain name system by coordinating the technical aspects of the Internet resource management. The outstanding nature of ICANN is that its activities are based upon open participation of multistakeholder entities from governments, private sector, civil society, and other related area. This participation framework strengthens the nature of the Internet, that is, "equally connecting every corner of the world".
ISOC has contributed to the growth and development of the Internet, especially by creating the fields, such as IAB and IETF, for engineers around the world to gather and openly discuss the standardization of the technical protocols and to bear standard protocol specifications as RFC documents.
Another example is Network Operators Groups (NOG's). In various regions and countries, engineers in network operation community have formed NOG's as open community forums to share experience and discuss about sound operation of networks within each NOG and across NOG's.
As exemplified above, frameworks that have served as driving force of the Internet growth and development are based on open and bottom-up multistakeholder model.
Since demand for the Internet grows and changes rapidly, Internet technologies and services are required to be evolved continuously as rapidly as the demand. The speed of the growth and development of the Internet has relied on, and will further rely on, the frameworks whole community have devised to realize.
In conclusion, we support the open and bottom-up multistakeholder model so that the Internet continues to evolve and equally connects every corner of the world.
One of the outstanding characteristics of the Internet is 'borderlessness', which gives extraordinary ability to the Internet. We have strong concern that the speed of growth and development of the Internet would seriously ruined, if intergovernmental organizations and/or national governments should have excess influence to the policy and technical development by means of international treaties and/or national regulations. We strongly hope such situation is avoided.
We pay our respect to the effort by parties and individuals involved in the Internet growth and development so far and expect the discussions in ITU will lead to further sound development and more secure and stable Internet infrastructure.
Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd.