[CCWG-ACCT] Staff accountability

Kieren McCarthy kieren at kierenmccarthy.com
Wed Jul 15 17:36:36 UTC 2015

One of the key things that Strickling mentioned in his accountability blog
post was that this group needed to devise accountability mechanisms for
ICANN's staff.

There is a great example this week of how the staff currently lives outside
any form of effective accountability in the unredacted version of the
.Africa IRP decision.


Not only did ICANN staff - its head of operations, no less - intervene in
favor of one applicant over another, but when that fact was repeatedly
referenced in what is supposed to be an independent review report, the
staff decided they would remove that information before the report was

This is a culture of impunity.

What I would like to see introduced to ICANN is the ability to call for
hearings/inquiries into issues. Similar to how Congress can hold inquiries
into something, compel witnesses to appear, compel the release of
information, fact-find and produce a report.

Having read all the various legal advice provided by the independent legal
experts, it strikes me that the ability for the community to establish such
an inquiry and then compel witnesses and evidence to appear is not
difficult to set up.

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