The UMMOA already associated with two international superprize candidates
On 14 April 2013, Saint René Descartes University (StRDU) reported that the Norwegian Nobel Committee has actually received the university's recommendation for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize [1, 2]:
So Saint René Descartes University now has a candidate for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, and the candidate is closely associated with Saint René Descartes University, and has even been successfully recommended by the university. The name of the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, which may or may not be StRDU's candidate, as there are 259 such candidates this year, will be announced on 11 October 2013, and the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony will take place on 10 December 2013 in Oslo, Norway.
However, Saint René Descartes University is not the only United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) institution which has a 'candidate' for an international superprize.
On 18 March 2013, Princess Anne, daughter and second child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, announced the winners of the very first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering [3, 4]. The 1 million GBP Prize (approx. 1.5 million USD) is to be awarded annually to the individual or team judged to have made a significant contribution to engineering globally.
The premier award went to Louis Pouzin, Robert Kahn, Vint Cerf, Tim Berners Lee and Marc Andreessen for their ground-breaking work, starting in the 1970s, which led to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Sadly the announcement of the winners was given scant coverage in the newspapers, and marginalised on the TV news.
It is interesting to note that Louis Pouzin, 1997 SIGCOMM Award and 2001 IEEE Internet Award winner, the recipient of the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government in 2003, and internationally renowned as the inventor of Datagram networking, developed the methods used today to transmit packets in a network. His work enabled the connectionless communication tools that made the Internet what it is today.
In a meeting in the month of September 2006 with Peter Dambier of the Cesidian Root, Pouzin discussed his ideas on the expansion of the domain name system (DNS), with a specific emphasis on establishing multilingual top-level domains (TLDs). It was at this meeting that Pouzin, known for his bold statements and lively sense of humour, proposed a new means to identify root systems, and the Racine Libre or 'Liberated Root' concept was born.
In July 2008, the Cesidian Root activated a new .CW top-level domain (TLD) for the Commonwealth of Nations. A December 2010 decision by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency allocated CW as the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code for Curaçao. This TLD was later approved for takeover in December 2011 during an ICANN Board Meeting, and this resulted in the ICANN's nth collision, as the TLD became the functional new Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Curaçao. After that ICANN decision, Pouzin suggested a coordinated approach with the ICANN to the Cesidian Root in an email, although he also admitted, "I cannot think it would work, due to its monopolistic and unilateral culture." This ICANN takeover, in turn, stimulated an interesting experiment in June 2012, which the Cesidian Root hopes to continue in the near future with several top-level domains: shared TLD namespaces, and with full DNS control .
In September 2011, Louis Pouzin, President of Open-Root in France, also represented the Cesidian Root in the "Open Root" exhibition area at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which was held in Nairobi, Kenya. The Cesidian Root, in fact, helped Pouzin set-up his Internet demo, which showed the use of several multilingual top-level domains (TLD).
But the relationship between Pouzin and the Cesidian Root is actually beyond Louis Pouzin himself, for the Cesidian Root is not really a company, but something more akin to a group of clans or bands, something more akin to a global and multilinguistic nation or tribe.
Yes, the Governor of the UMMOA himself is the Sachem of one such tribe, Native American in the territorial dominion it barely begins to exercise, and pure Latinus [6, 7] or Greater Latin by genetics, and it still has family and friendship ties to Italy as well. But the UMMOA is in reality made up of several different clans or tribes. Yes Louis Pouzin, the brilliant octogenarian engineer, also has children, actually a bicontinental family, a family structure which is becoming more frequent nowadays, with the help of emigration, global air travel, and the Internet communications Pouzin himself helped to give birth to, and young Indigos, child- and adult-age individuals who don't have strong identities attached to a single continent, race, or even to a particular country (they are a global race, not a continental one), are beginning to show at least a little of grandpa's legendary genius.
In December 2011 Arthur, the grandson of Internet pioneer Louis Pouzin, developed an awesome proxy for the Cesidian Root, which enabled those less comfortable with TCP/IP changes to still resolve Cesidian Root-specific domains and TLDs.
Louis Pouzin is officially retired, but he still continues his quest for a freer Internet. Although the Internet is public, decentralised, and independent of any State in its day-to-day operations, the network remains under the control of the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Although it has recently begun to somewhat soften its grip on the Roman script-only policy, the ICANN has long imposed a US character set (ASCII) on billions of people natively using other alphabets (Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and many others). In addition, the ICANN operates a business model which some find questionable: rental of domain names.
"The ICANN, with its self-proclaimed monopoly, says that there is only one root — Verisign — which operates under contract with the US Department of Commerce (DOC). Changing this root must be first approved by the ICANN, and then [by] the DOC. While in actuality, there are many roots created by other organisations, to allow access to sites which, for various reasons, have TLDs (top-level domains) that do not exist in the ICANN root servers", said Pouzin to Silicon.fr in French, in the video below .
While the ICANN is a monopoly controlled by the US government, Pouzin aims Open Root to be an association (EUROLINC) under the control of users. While the ICANN requires the use of the Latin alphabet, Open Root provides support for all alphabets and ideograms in existence with Unicode support. (There is also the very real, albeit infrequent, issue of language scripts which do not yet have Unicode support.) While the ICANN proposes leasing domain names, Open Root offers the outright sale of a domain name at a minimal price.
It is not entirely a new idea as a business model, as it was started at least conceptually before, but it is different from the primarily commercial model today applied even by the dominant Dutch alternative roots, which have now begun to apply the same ICANN rental philosophy. Moreover, when the 185,000 USD application cost is added to the annual cost of 25,000 USD, as well as back-end registry and consulting, the ICANN estimates the total cost to someone renting, not owning, a new top-level domain to be over 500,000 USD.
Pouzin sees this as rampant commercialism, and the Governor of the UMMOA would add that the rampant commercialism is also in the legal arena which should be guaranteed, at least in theory, as a First Amendment right of the many, but which is in fact treated like any other privilege of the few.
Will Pouzin and the Cesidian Root succeed despite the difficulties of attracting funding from the usual people or organisations who give money for far less important things?
In an interview given recently, and in English, at the 2013 World Technology Policy Forum & World Summit on the Information Society meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, Pouzin said that he has a personal feeling, and this personal feeling also happens to be Peter Dambier's favourite pet theory: the Internet will eventually split into many Internets, with China, Russia, some Muslim countries, and perhaps even some parts of India developing their own, more local roots.
On a personal level, I think that the Cesidian Root itself is already evolving into something entirely different from a pure, alternative root, and something a little different from a complete split may occur, but only the future will tell how the Internet will actually evolve.
Louis Pouzin, and the other four Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering winners, will be awarded during a formal prize ceremony on 25 June 2013, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II herself presenting the first awards.
HMRD Cesidio Tallini [9, 10]