ICANN Update on IANA Stewardship and Accountability Enhancements

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CCWG-Accountability draft now open for public comment

On 4 May, the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) published its initial draft report on the elements of the ICANN accountability framework that it has identified as essential to happen, or be committed to, before the IANA Stewardship Transition takes place. This initial draft report will be open for public comment for 30 days. Following community input during the comment period and at ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires, the CCWG-Accountability will produce a second draft report for a 40-day public comment period in July.

The recommendations in the initial draft now out for comment are not presented as the consensus of the CCWG-Accountability. Instead, the CCWG-Accountability has published the draft to solicit feedback from the community on the CCWG-Accountability’s approach as well as guidance on several options under consideration.
The CCWG-Accountability initial draft report is the fourth major community developed proposal to undergo public consultation as a part of the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability processes.

Key links

  1. Draft report – 108 pages [no annexes]
  2. Draft report & annexes – 143 pages
  3. Graphical Supplement [12 pages of pictorial representations of the main concepts included in the draft report]
  4. Announcement of call for public comments
  5. Archive of public comments received

How to submit a public comment

Comment on the draft report, with or without annexes, by 3 June 2015, 23:59 UTC (convert to your time zone):

  1. Respond to any or all of the 3 general questions and 15 issue-specific questions related to Work Stream 1 included in the announcement of the public comment period as well as in section 11 of the draft report. There is also an additional question on Work Stream 2 to help guide the CCWG-Accountability with its work.
  2. Send your comments to: mailto:mcomments-ccwg-accountability-draft-proposal-04may15@icann.org
  3. When you receive an automatically generated email asking you to confirm your submission, please follow the instructions in the email to ensure your comments are submitted to the archive of public comments.

IETF Working Group on Planning for the IANA/NTIA Transition (IANAPLAN)

On 30 April, the chairs of IETF, IAOC and IAB notified members of IANAPLAN of the status of work between IETF and ICANN regarding the annual SLA or Supplemental Agreement to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IETF and ICANN in relation to IANA’s performance of the protocol parameters function. Following that notification, there was much discussion on the IANAPLAN mailing list about the possible reasons behind ICANN’s communication to IETF that it believed that agreeing to the proposed text of the SLA would possibly put ICANN in breach of its existing agreement with the NTIA. The discussion was forwarded on to the CWG-Stewardship mailing list and, in response, ICANN clarified that the concerns it had expressed were not related to the proposed stewardship model for the protocol parameters function of IANA after the expiration of ICANN’s contract with NTIA, but were specifically related to constraints that applied solely while the current contract with NTIA remained in place. ICANN expressed it did not want to pre-empt or create a perception of pre-empting any of the community consensus process around any areas in the finalization of the transition. A further email was posted to the CCWG-Accountability list by a member of the ICANN Board containing more information on the MoU and the process IETF can invoke to terminate the agreement.

Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team

As a result of the CRISP Team’s draft proposal for the numbers component of the IANA functions, the Number Resource Organization (NRO) has produced a Draft Service Level Agreement (SLA) for the IANA Numbering Services. The draft SLA, which has not been reviewed by the CRISP Team nor negotiated with any other parties, including ICANN, is available for comment until 14 June 2015. Comments received are archived on the NRO’s ianaxfer mailing list.

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG)

The ICG has announced that it has published its final process for how it will handle comments sent by members of the community to the ICG forum. Comments may be directly submitted to the ICG any time via icg-forum@ianacg.org. In response to the SLA-related discussions described in the sections above, the ICG has posted a statement on its homepage that encourages all interested parties, including ICANN staff and Board members, to participate within the open, transparent processes being used by the three operational communities to transition the stewardship of the IANA functions away from NTIA. Board Chair, Steve Crocker, issued a response. The ICG has also created Twitter and Facebook accounts to assist with disseminating information about their activities.

Transition timeline and implementation

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has written to the chairs of the ICG and CCWG-Accountability requesting information on projected dates related to completing the transition proposal, as well as the estimated time to implement the transition, to assist the NTIA in planning for the transition. The NTIA has requested this information be communicated by the end of June.

For additional information, please see the ICANN May 14th Update.

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