[CWG-Stewardship] Another alternative proposal - addressing some questions

Jordan Carter jordan at internetnz.net.nz
Thu Jan 29 22:06:50 UTC 2015

Hi all,

On 29 January 2015 at 18:57, Greg Shatan <gregshatanipc at gmail.com> wrote:


> However, we can too easily be bogged down in details.  In this case, the
> devil may not be in the details.  Instead, I think the issue is at a higher
> level -- oversight, control and accountability -- and at an even higher
> level -- trust (not "trusts"...).  I think concerns about the trust model
> arise less from the details and more from a great deal of concern about
> ICANN being the "rightsholder" in relation to being the IANA Functions
> Operator, rather than being granted that right by a third-party
> rightsholder (now, NTIA; potentially in future, Contract Co.) who can
> "pull" those rights per the contract.  These concerns may not abate merely
> because these rights are being held "in trust" for the beneficiaries (the
> "community" or some variation).  These fundamental concerns relate to both
> ICANN as the IANA Functions Operator and ICANN generally,
> What we need to resolve, if an internal-to-ICANN solution is to fly, is
> whether there are methods of oversight, accountability and separability
> that ICANN can and will adopt that will sufficiently alleviate these deeply
> held concerns.  If not, then we need the best available solution where the
> right to act as IANA Functions Operator is held outside ICANN,

I think this is the most eloquent statement yet of the nature of the
concerns I have about any internal solution.

It would still be very useful, even at what seems to be quite a late point,
for those advocating an internal solution to set out the counter-case...


Jordan Carter

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