Internet Technical Leaders Welcome IANA Globalization Progress

The leaders of the Internet technical organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet infrastructure (IETF, IAB, RIRs, ccTLD ROs, ICANN, ISOC, and W3C), welcome the US Government's announcement of the suggested changes related to the IANA functions contract.

The roles on policy development processes of the Internet technical organizations and ICANN's role as administrator of the IANA functions, remain unchanged.

The transition of the US Government stewardship has been envisaged since the early days of IANA functions contract. This transition is now feasible due to the maturity of the Internet technical organizations involved in performing their respective roles related to the IANA functions, and ICANN will facilitate a global, multi-stakeholder process to plan for the transition.

The strength and stability of the IANA functions within the above organizations (which make up the Internet technical community) are critical to the operation of the Internet. The processes around the IANA functions have always been carefully specified in the communities that our organizations represent. The IANA functions are faithfully administered by ICANN. We are committed to continuing our proven, community-driven processes as we engage in this transition. Our communities are already considering proposals to progress the transition.

Our organizations are committed to open and transparent multi-stakeholder processes. We are also committed to further strengthening our processes and agreements related to the IANA functions, and to building on the existing organizations and their roles. The Internet technical community is strong enough to continue its role, while assuming the stewardship function as it transitions from the US Government.

Participating Leaders

  • Adiel A.      Akplogan, CEO African Network Information Center (AFRINIC)
  • Barrack      Otieno, Manager, The African Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD)
  • Paul      Wilson, Director General Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC)
  • Don      Hollander, General Manager Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association      (APTLD)
  • John      Curran, CEO American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
  • Peter Van      Roste, General Manager, Council for European National Top Level Domain      Registries (CENTR)
  • Russ      Housley, Chair Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
  • Fadi Chehadé,      President and CEO Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers      (ICANN)
  • Jari      Arkko, Chair Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  • Kathy      Brown, President and CEO Internet Society (ISOC)
  • Raúl      Echeberría, CEO Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry      (LACNIC)
  • Carolina      Aguerre, General Manager, Latin American and Caribbean TLD Association      (LACTLD)
  • Axel      Pawlik, Managing Director Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre      (RIPE NCC)
  • Jeff      Jaffe, CEO World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

See the announcement on the ICANN web site.

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