[CWG-Stewardship] SAC069: SSAC Advisory on Maintaining the Security and Stability of the IANA Functions Through the Stewardship Transition

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Mon Jan 12 21:21:41 UTC 2015

> Like the CWG’s own principles  I think they can serve as checks
> when we consider various options.  Let me use the Conservatism
> principle as an example.

Got it, Chuck.

Let’s keep in mind that there has _always_ been an external contracting authority for the IANA functions as long as ICANN has existed. A move to an IANA functions operator without one is an innovation, and could be considered a major departure from the conservatism principle.

While there is room for debate on what option is most ‘conservative,’ I think I am on fairly firm ground when I object to the tendency of advocates of an internal solution to assume away the NTIA, its contract, its contracting cycle, its embeddedness in a particular national government, and the Verisign Cooperative Agreement – as if those things were not deeply important parts of “existing structures, processes and mechanisms.” Let’s be absolutely clear that both systems are instituting change.

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