[IANAtransition] Annotations on ASSUMPTIONS about the ICANN IANA Transition

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Historical Note: Around 1995 people and companies were pressuring Jon
Postel USC ISI [ aka IANA ] for a Representational Structure. Jon
Postel tersely suggested that people should "JOIN THE ISOC - Internet
Society]

ISOC at the time was tiny, ?? 6 people ?? and lacking in any
significant financial support. The vast majority of Internet
Developers, ISPs, etc had very little interest in advancing the ISOC
because of the history of the ISOC founding in 1992, and subsequent
management. ICANN eventually slipped the .ORG to the ISOC changing the
financial picture almost over-night.

SUMMARY

ISOC - Internet Society
$30,000,000 Cash Reserves
PIR - Public Interest Registry created by the ISOC to manage .ORG
$85,000,000 Cash Reserves
IETF - Internet Engineering Task Force
relies on ISOC PIR ICANN ARIN NRO etc for Legal and Financial Shells

Internet Society Comments on the “Draft Proposal, Based on Initial
Community Feedback, of the
Principles and Mechanisms and the Process to Develop a Proposal to
Transition NTIA (US
National Telecommunications and Information Agency’s) Stewardship of
the IANA (Internet
Assigned Numbers Authority) Functions

Executive Summary
The Internet Society (ISOC) is a global, non-profit organisation
founded in 1992 to provide [ A LEGAL HOME|UMBRELLA|SHELL for the IETF
- the Internet Engineering Task Force ] leadership in
Internet-related standards, education, and policy. We are dedicated to
ensuring the open development,
evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people
throughout the world [ONLY on PLANET EARTH ?? not the MOON ,MARS or
the ISS ?] . The Internet Society has
consistently advocated for [NON GOVERNMENT OVER-SIGHT and LESS
SCRUTINY] the US Government to complete the transition of its
stewardship role to the
global multistakeholder community. We have previously submitted
comments to the NTIA, and we also
joined with the leaders of other Internet organizations in the
Montevideo statement calling for the
globalization of the IANA functions [THIS IMPLIES THAT THE IANA
FUNCTIONS ARE NOT CURRENTLY "GLOBAL"] .
In this submission, we focus our comments on two key issues:
[TWO ?? 1. EXISTING EXPERTISE 2. STEERING COMMITTEE]
Relying on existing expertise and experience: The work of the Internet
Engineering Task Force (IETF),
the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), and the Regional Internet
Registries (RIRs), provides an invaluable
source of information and knowledge; similarly, the experience with
accountability mechanisms and the
checks and balances that are in place for the work of these bodies
should be fully utilized.

The Role and Functions of the Steering Committee: The role of the
committee should be limited to
performing coordinating functions. Each community should design their
own mechanisms to ensure
accountability for the various IANA functions. The committee may help
ensure that the combined input is
coherent and effective.
[THIS IMPLIES THE ACCEPTANCE OF A STEERING COMMITTEE WHICH MUST BE
SOME CONSENSUS GROUP INCUMBENTS ARE ARRANGING - AND THERE APPEARS TO
BE A SUBTLE PLAN TO DIVIDE UP THE IANA TO COMPLETE THE TRANSITION.]

Introduction
The Internet Society welcomes the opportunity to submit comments on
the “Call for Public Input: Draft
Proposal, Based on Initial Community Feedback, of the Principles and
Mechanisms and the Process to
Develop a Proposal to Transition NTIA (US National Telecommunications
and Information Agency’s)
Stewardship of the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) Functions”.
In March 2014, the NTIA asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (ICANN) “to
convene the multistakeholder process to develop the transition plan”
and “work collaboratively with the
directly affected parties”. [THE MLM MULTI-LEVEL-MARKETING
CORPORATIONS WITH MILLIONS AT STAKE] As the organizational home of the
IETF, ISOC is a materially affected party.
More substantively, the mission, principles, and work of the Internet
Society and our global community of
chapters and members are focused on ensuring an open, participatory,
and robust global Internet. [THE BULK OF ISOC FUNDING COMES FROM THE
OPERATION OF THE .ORG REGISTRY NOT FROM MEMBERS OR MEMBER
ORGANIZATIONS] We
recognize that the IANA functions are a critical part of a healthy
Internet ecosystem. [NO MENTION OF WHETHER IANA IS ACTUALLY REQUIRED]
Therefore, we are
committed to participating and contributing to the process that will
allow the smooth transition of these key
Internet functions in a multistakeholder, open, transparent, and
bottom-up manner for the good of the
whole Internet.
Relying on existing expertise and experience
The Internet Society believes that a set of characteristics, including
effectiveness, flexibility, inclusiveness,
and robustness should guide the process regarding the evolution of the
IANA functions. Given the
complexity of the issues and the diversity of opinions, it is critical
to devise a process that is easily
adjustable and capable of addressing the voices and needs of all
different stakeholders.
[WHAT ABOUT STAKEHOLDERS WHO WOULD NEVER PARTICIPATE IN ANY
IANA-PRESERVING ACTIVITY??]
In this context, it is imperative that we rely on, as well as make
full use of, the expertise and experience of
the various bodies currently involved in the IANA functions. The IETF
and the RIRs have historically
played a significant role and can provide invaluable sources of
information and knowledge. For years now,
the work of these bodies has been key in creating a workable system of
standards development and
Internet Number Resources (INR) administration. [NO MENTION OF NRO]
Similarly, the experience with accountability
mechanisms and the checks and balances in place for the work of these
bodies should be fully utilized.

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It is vital that discussions are informed by, and the community is
aware of, how the IETF and the RIRs
have contributed to the technical management of the IANA functions. [A
FEW PEOPLE ARE CERTAINLY AWARE - THE VAST MAJORITY OF NETIZENS HAVE
NEVER HEARD OF ISOC ICANN IANA] It is equally important to take
advantage of the experience gained from the oversight role performed
by the Internet Architecture Board
(IAB) and the Number Resource Organization (NRO) to the IETF and RIRs,
respectively. For instance,
with regards to the oversight role performed by the IAB, RFC 2850 states:
“A major role of the IAB is long range planning and coordination
between different areas
of IETF activity. The IAB, both collectively and on an individual
basis, is expected to pay
attention to important long-term issues in the Internet, and to make
sure that these issues
are brought to the attention of the group(s) that are in a position to
address them. It is also
expected to play a role in assuring that the people responsible for
evolving the Internet
and its technology are aware of the essential elements of the Internet
architecture.”
To this end, it is important than any sustainable, independent IANA

[GLOBAL IANA IS REALLY ?? "sustainable, independent IANA" ?? ]

recognizes and supports the roles of
the IETF, IAB, and the set of organizations engaged in supporting
Internet infrastructure for the good of
the Internet as a whole (such as the RIRs today).
Role and Functions of the Steering Group
The lnternet Society believes that the role of this group should be
more of a coordinating body than a
steering group. We would therefore recommend that the name be adjusted
to reflect this function. We
consider it vital that each community represents itself with respect
to a recommended plan; each
community should also be allowed to design their own mechanisms to
ensure accountability for the
various IANA functions.
In this context, we understand the role and function of the committee
should be limited to performing
specific tasks as they will be identified by its members to:
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•
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Facilitate a transparent and inclusive coordination process that is
informed by and proceeds
according the criteria set out by NTIA in its statement;
Identify gaps, if any, left by bringing together the plans developed
by the individual communities
and the requirements of the overall transition; and
Publish periodic reports on the work and progress of the committee and
the individual
communities.
In fulfilling these responsibilities, the committee should be
coordinating the dialogue, and should not make
decisions or seek to guide the discussions. In order to ensure that
the process is open and transparent,
the committee should maintain minutes and email archives during its existence.
Conclusion
The Internet Society is looking forward to working with ICANN and all
other stakeholders

["all other stakeholders"  ?? EVEN STAKEHOLDERS WHO WILL REFUSE TO
PARTICIPATE???]
, and to
supporting the community’s engagement in an open and inclusive
process. We are committed to an
Internet that remains managed by distributed collaboration. This
collaboration has been key to its dynamic
and resilient growth as a platform for innovation, communication, and
economic development.

["distributed collaboration" INCLUDES THOSE WHO CHOSE TO  DEVELOPING
MECHANISMS TO PROTECT NETIZENS FROM ISOC IETF ICANN IANA ?]

This process presents an opportunity for stakeholders to consider,
discuss, and forge agreements on a
number of important issues concerning roles, responsibilities, and
accountability mechanisms for the
continued deployment and evolution of a global, robust, and trusted
Internet. Moreover, this process
should not depart from the principles of openness, consistency, and
predictability that have guided much
of the evolution of the Internet.
The Internet Society is committed to participating in the process and
contributing to the ongoing dialogue
to foster the best possible outcome for the Internet as a whole.

[INSERT DETAILS ON THE MASSIVE COSTS SPENT FIXING THE ISOC IETF ICANN
IANA MISTAKES]

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