[bc-gnso] Business Constituency (BC) comment on Evolving the Governance of the Root Server System

Mark W. Datysgeld mark at governanceprimer.com
Fri Aug 9 19:39:33 UTC 2019

Congrats to the drafters.

I particularly like the Suggestion, as per our recent discussions it has become more than clear that well-defined target dates need to be established.

Mark W. Datysgeld from Governance Primer [www.markwd.website]
In partnership with AR-TARC and the Brazilian Association of Software Companies (ABES)

On August 9, 2019 2:52:36 PM GMT-03:00, Steve DelBianco <sdelbianco at netchoice.org> wrote:
>Below (and attached) is the comment of ICANN’s Business Constituency
>(BC), on Evolving the Governance of the Root Server System.
>The BC welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on a New Cooperation
>and Governance Model for the Root Server System
>We have reviewed
>(A Proposed Governance Model for the DNS Root Server System),
>(RSSAC Advisory on the proposed Governance Model for the DNS Root
>Server System), New Cooperation and Governance Model for the Root
>and Draft Work Plan for RSS Governance Working Group (GWG) and ICANN
>all by the ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC).
>Our assessment is that a development that integrates RSS governance and
>accountability within the global multi-stakeholder structure of ICANN
>is welcome, and that the proposed three-part structure comprised of a
>Root Server System Governance Board (RGB), a Root Server System
>Standing Committee (RSC) and a Root Server Operator Review Panel (RRP)
>is a practical mechanism for this integration.
>While we believe that the governance model proposed is apt and
>balanced, we also are concerned that ICANN Org as a root operator
>itself could be faced with conflict of interest. The question is, Would
>ICANN Org be accountable also to the RSS Governance Board (RGB)? It is
>BC’s view that if the structural mechanism is to work well,
>accountability and balance can be achieved but the optimum would be for
>another independent body to operate the L-root currently operated by
>ICANN.  We notice that review of potential conflicts of interest are
>addressed in the GWG Draft Work Plan, but these are seemingly limited
>to the Finance and Secretariat functions and not to the L-root server
>concern expressed here.
>On page 9 under Section 3.1 Root Server System Governance Working Group
>and on the requirement of the Working Group to Regularly report to the
>ICANN Board and ICANN community on its progress. We would like to
>suggest that the work 'regularly' be defined to be either monthly or
>quarterly or a week before regular ICANN board meetings.
>Clarification request
>On the document RSSAC037 page 8: Introduction. We are trying to
>reconcile the first statement The RSS began at the Information Sciences
>Institute (ISI) in 1984; and a subsequent statement on the 2nd
>paragraph which says After more than four decades of evolution, today’s
>RSS features root server operators (RSOs) from diverse organizations.
>We would appreciate clarification to know what is meant here because
>four decades after 1984 is 2024 and we are currently in 2019.
>Overall, the BC supports this model.
>This comment was drafted by Jimson Olufuye and Mark Svancarek.
>It was approved in accord with our charter.
>Steve DelBianco
>Vice Chair for Policy Coordination
>ICANN Business Constituency (BC)
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