[CCWG-ACCT] Volume 7: IANA Stewardship Discussions

Grace Abuhamad grace.abuhamad at icann.org
Thu Jul 9 23:17:37 UTC 2015


Volume 7: An Update on IANA Stewardship Discussions
ICANN is compiling updates on the community discussions and progress of the
IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability Processes.
This information is positioned to help inform interested stakeholders in the
recent developments in the processes, upcoming key dates, latest documents
and drafts and a snapshot of any news coverage that occurs over the
The final proposal by the Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA
Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship
A+Stewardship+Transition+Proposal+on+Naming+Related+Functions> ) was
forwarded to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG
<http://www.ianacg.org/> ) following its approval by the CWG-Stewardship's
five chartering organizations. Communication of formal approval by the
chartering organizations, including any accompanying remarks, has now been
published on the CWG-Stewardship's website:
* GAC approval 
* SSAC approval 
* GNSO approval 
* ccNSO approval 
* ALAC approval 
Chartering organizations approved the proposal on the understanding that the
necessary accountability mechanisms will be included in the final proposal
for Work Stream 1 of the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN
Accountability (CCWG-Accountability
ccountability> ).
While the names proposal has now been forwarded to the ICG, the
CWG-Stewardship will not disband yet. Outstanding work still to be conducted
* Coordinating the issue of the IANA trademark with the protocol parameters
and names communities1
oot1> .
* Finalizing the work on Service Level Expectations (SLEs)
* Responding to any queries arising from the ICG's efforts to integrate all
three community proposals into a combined IANA stewardship proposal
* Monitoring the CCWG-Accountability's final Work Stream 1 proposal to
confirm it contains all that is required for the transition of stewardship
of the names function to take place
* Participating as appropriate in the implementation process of the names
component of the proposal
The CWG-Stewardship will continue to retain external legal counsel to assist
in responding to any questions or input from the other operational
communities the ICG on issues, such as the IANAtrademark issue, and in
developing an implementation plan for the proposal.
During the public comment period
15-05-04-en>  on the initial draft report
al-with-annexes-04may15-en.pdf>  of Work Stream 1 accountability
enhancements, there were a number of community concerns about the proposal
to move ICANN to a mandatory member or “designator” model. In response to
these concerns, onsite at ICANN 53, the CCWG-Accountability Co-chairs
encouraged all of its members to pitch any alternative model that might
better suit the needs of the different communities that together create the
ICANN community.
A potential compromise model called the “Empowered SO/AC” model emerged, in
which eachSupporting Organization (SO) and Advisory Committee (AC) has the
choice of if, and when, to become a member (or designator) of ICANN. Under
this model, all SOs and ACs would, by default, have all the benefits of the
enhanced ICANN accountability framework, excluding the ability to use the
courts as a method of enforcement. However, the power of enforceability
could be claimed at any time, should anSO or AC choose to do so, by changing
the SO/AC's status to become a formal member (or designator) of ICANN.
Initial indications are that both the Designator and Member models could be
applied under the Empowered SO/AC model, and the CCWG-Accountability is
seeking legal advice on the most appropriate way forward. As the
CCWG-Accountability is concentrating its efforts on determining an agreeable
model before the target start date for its next public comment period at the
end of July, the Co-chairs have announced
w+delay>  that the summary of comments on the first comment period,
originally due 29 June, will now be completed by early August.
The CCWG-Accountability has created a third Work Party, WP3
<https://community.icann.org/display/acctcrosscomm/WP3+-+Emerging+Issues> ,
to examine issues that have been identified following the publication of the
initial draft report, including staff and management accountability, SO/AC
accountability and enhancement of diversity. The CCWG-Accountability is also
developing a process
20process.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1435910021000&api=v2>  for working
with ICANN on drafting Bylaws associated with Work Stream 1 accountability
enhancements to ensure the Bylaws can be adopted in a timely manner.
The ICG completed its assessment of the names proposal submitted by the
CWG-Stewardship on its call #19 on 8 July. Drafts of the assessments are
available in the ICG's Dropbox
> . It has also received a formal objection to the names proposal
from a member of the community who had chosen not to participate
<http://forum.icann.org/lists/icg-forum/msg00011.html>  in the
CWG-Stewardship's work. The objection is on the basis that the final version
of the names proposal was not presented for public comment before its
presentation to the CWG-Stewardship chartering organizations for approval.
As the ICG has a policy of non-interference with the consensus development
processes of the three operational communities, the ICG is discussing
passing the message back to the CWG-Stewardship for their comment.
The ICG's Communications Sub-Group has developed a communications strategy
to engage the multistakeholder community as broadly as possible when the
combined proposal is released for public comment. The communications
strategy includes holding webinars to brief the community, producing
graphics and slides to provide high-level overviews of the proposal, and
translations of key materials.
Timeline for stewardship transition
On 6 July, the ICG replied
o-to-NTIA.pdf>  to the NTIA's letter of 6 May
<http://www.ianacg.org/icg-files/correspondence/Letter-to-ICG-May-6.pdf> ,
which asked for information about the timeline for completing the
transition. The ICG noted there are three remaining phases of the transition
* Transition proposal finalization – the ICG hopes to have the final
proposal delivered to the NTIAvia the ICANN Board around the time of ICANN
54, 18-22 October 2015, or shortly thereafter. TheICG considers this an
optimistic timeline.
* U.S. Government evaluation – Based on the ICG's understanding of comments
made by the NTIAduring ICANN 53, this phase would take 4-5 months, and would
be completed around March 2016.
* Implementation of prerequisites
Based on these three phases, the ICG has suggested to the NTIA that the
earliest date at which the transition of stewardship is likely to be
completed is July 2016.
The Co-chairs of the CCWG-Accountability have also replied to the NTIA
+received+on+6+May+2015> , noting that the July 2016 completion date for
their work is a best-case scenario, and that it may be necessary to extend
the implementation of Work Stream 1 accountability mechanisms through to
September 2016.
Updates on other transition-related activities
IANA-related discussions
* On 8 July, the Africa Domain Name System Forum 2015
<http://www.aftld.org/events/?_sfwCOM=Event:Show;233050>  held a discussion
on the IANAStewardship Transition.
* On 3 July, the APrIGF 2015 <http://2015.rigf.asia/>  held a discussion on
the transition <http://apps.rigf.asia/submission/proposaldetail?id=44>  as
part of its Asia Pacific Leadership Program track.
U.S. Government processes related to the IANA stewardship transition
* The Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters Act of 2015, also
known as the Dotcom Act of 2015, (H.R. 805
<https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/805/all-info> ) was
passed by the House of Representatives on 23 June. It has now been sent to
the Senate for its consideration.
* The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce
Committee of the House of Representatives held a hearing, Internet
Governance Progress After ICANN 53
m_campaign=buffer> , on July 8. Witnesses were ICANN President and CEO, Fadi
Chehadé and NTIA's Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
and Administrator, Lawrence E. Strickling. The focus of the hearing was a
reporting on the status of the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing
Latest documents and drafts
4 Jul 2015ICG – Combined IANA Stewardship proposal
, Draft version 2
2 Jul 2015 CCWG-Accountability – Bylaw drafting process
1 Jul 2015 CCWG-Accountability – Discussion Starters on Staff Accountability
0&api=v2> , SO/ACAccountability
&api=v2> , Board Duties
> , and Diversity 
11 Jun 2015 CWG-Stewardship – Final Proposal
(approved by Chartering Organizations)
IANA stewardship in the news
9 Jul 2015 Icann Says End of US Oversight Role 'Strengthens' the Internet,
30 Jun 2015Managing the Internet takes patience and nuance: Two things short
in supply 
nuance-two-things-short-in-supply/375688> , IT World Canada [EN]
22 Jun 2015USA verlängern Aufsicht über IANA noch einmal
einmal-2719142.html> , Heise [DE]
19 Jun 2015В МИД РФ выступили за регулирование интернета со стороны ООН и
Международного союза электросвязи <http://www.interfax.ru/russia/448359> ,
Interfax [RU]
Upcoming key dates
9 Jul 2015CWG-Stewardship Meeting #61
<https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=53782830> ,
17:00-19:00 UTC
14 Jul 2015CCWG-Accountability Meeting #40
<https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=53782553> , 12:00
- 14:00 UTC
15 Jul 2015ICG Teleconference #20
<https://www.ianacg.org/icg-announces-upcoming-conference-calls-2/> ,
19:00-21:00 UTC
17-18 Jul 2015 CCWG-Accountability face-to-face meeting, Paris
29 Jul 2015ICG Teleconference #21
<https://www.ianacg.org/icg-announces-upcoming-conference-calls-2/> ,
5:00-7:00 UTC
31 Jul 2015 Public Comment Period for CCWG-Accountability's 2nd draft of
ICANN accountability enhancements (Work Stream 1) due to begin
Week of 3 Aug 2015 Public Comment Period on Interim Final IANA Stewardship
Proposal, consisting of names, numbers and protocol parameter components,
3-7 Aug 2015 3 webinars: briefings on ICG combined proposal released for
public comment (times to be confirmed)
18-19 Sep 2015ICG face-to-face meeting
er/> , Los Angeles
30 Sep-15 Oct 2015 CCWG-Accountability's 2nd and final proposal (Work Stream
1) presented to ALAC, ASO,ccNSO, GAC and GNSO for their approval
18-22 Oct 2015ICANN 54 including ICG face-to-face meeting and presentation
of proposals for IANAstewardship and ICANN accountability enhancements (Work
Stream 1) to the ICANNBoard for subsequent transmission to the NTIA
Week 1, Nov 2015ICANN Board transmits IANA Stewardship Transition and
Enhancing ICANN Accountability (Work Stream 1) Proposals to NTIA

You can play a role in IANA's future…
Anyone can participate in discussions about the future of IANA's stewardship
and ICANN accountability.For information on joining CCWG-Accountability,
contact accountability-staff at icann.org
<mailto:accountability-staff at icann.org> .
Compiled on behalf of ICANN by Samantha Dickinson 9 July 2015

ote1> The final proposal by the CWG-Stewardship contains placeholder text
about the IANA trademark and domain name registration, and contains no
concrete proposal on how these issues should be handled. The group provided
<https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=53783129>  to the
ICG on its Final Proposal text on 2 July.

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