Magaziner gets help on domain name activities

Ira Magaziner, senior policy adviser to US President Bill Clinton, is getting some help in his responsibilities related to Internet governance and electronic commerce.

Elliott Maxwell, a former US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) official, has been recruited to coordinate all the electronic commerce activities for the US Department of Commerce (DoC), Becky Burr, assistant administrator at the DoC's National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA), said.

Maxwell, formerly the deputy chief of the office of Plans and Policy at the FCC, has been named the special adviser for the emerging digital economy at the DoC, according to Burr. He had been providing advice to the DoC on the domain name issue and transferred to the agency a few weeks ago from the FCC, Burr said. In his new role, Maxwell will be coordinating DoC activities related to Internet privacy, content, governance, cryptography, infrastructure build-out and contract formation issues, Burr said.

Magaziner, meanwhile, will continue to work on domain name and related issues in his inter-agency coordinating role, she said.

"He's not a replacement for Ira," Burr said of Maxwell. "Ira has not officially announced his resignation nor has he given his date of departure."

Aides to Magaziner have said he intends to resign, but Magaziner himself has been quiet on the matter.

Magaziner's family lives in New England and it's no secret he would like to be with them instead of working in another state, Burr said.

Neither Magaziner nor Maxwell returned calls seeking comment by deadline.

Meanwhile, Burr said she and other officials had planned to meet on Wednesday with the executive board of the new Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The ICANN is the non-profit organisation created to replace the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which has been overseeing the allocation of domain names and IP (Internet Protocol) addresses under a US government contract for years.

Burr said the US government has taken no action on a set of revised bylaws the ICANN submitted a few weeks ago. Those proposed bylaws, and even the formation of the board itself, were heavily criticised last week at the ICANN's first public meeting.

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