[IANAtransition] Proposal for a Cross-Community Working Group

Jonathan Robinson jonathan.robinson at ipracon.com
Thu May 8 21:44:42 UTC 2014



Please find the following comments regarding an emerging plan for a
Cross-Community Working Group (CWG) intended to make a substantive
contribution to the the Principles and Mechanisms and the Process to Develop
a Proposal to Transition NTIA's Stewardship of the IANA Functions. These
comments are respectfully submitted for and on behalf of the GNSO Council.


Since well prior to 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's Stewardship of the IANA
Functions", there has been significant discussion on the substantial issues
associated with the transition from NTIA.  Some of this discussion has
focussed on the prospect of the formation, chartering and working of a
Cross-Community Working Group to deal with the key elements of this process.
For the avoidance of doubt, the current CWG on Internet Governance has made
it clear that its scope will not include detailed work on the NTIA


At the ICANN meeting in Singapore, an initial proposal for a charter of such
a CWG was circulated in the community and this has received some iterations
and developments since.  It is far from the finished article and nor should
it be, since the drafting of a such charter should be the first task of the
CWG.  Nevertheless, at its meeting today, the GNSO Council agreed to submit
the early draft charter to this call for public input in order to commit to
record both the early draft charter as a potential starting point and the
intention to move forward with the bottom-up formation of a CWG in
collaboration with others in the ICANN community. Accordingly, the draft
charter is attached to this submission.


An additional key point to note is that existing ICANN Community processes
and relationships should be used to facilitate this effort as much as
possible. This will minimise the need to create new processes and should
generally enhance efficiency of the work.  Notwithstanding this,
modifications can be expected to be needed in order to facilitate and
encourage participation by those from outside of the ICANN Community.


The use of a CWG with a community defined scope, reflected in a well-defined
charter provides the prospect of truly bottom-up, multi-stakeholder process
to deal with this critical set of issues. Such a process may well integrate
with the ICANN Draft Proposal (to be modified in response to this public
comment) and we trust that the prospect of a CWG will be recognised by all
for its potential value and legitimacy as a bottom-up, community led
initiative proposed in good faith and which can be assisted and supported by
ICANN as envisaged in the NTIA announcement.


Yours sincerely,



Jonathan Robinson

Chair, ICANN GNSO Council


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