[IANAtransition] On Enhancing ICANN Accountability

Tamer Rizk trizk at inficron.com
Fri May 30 01:29:47 UTC 2014

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Tamer Rizk wrote:
> In its overview on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, ICANN's Senior
> Advisor to the President on Strategy graciously offers a window of
> "opportunity for public dialogue and community feedback" to be heard
> during an "accountability discussion that will take place entirely
> within the ICANN community". The overview sets forth a number of
> questions to the public that were designed by ICANN to provide input to
> the ICANN Accountability Working Group, in order for ICANN to craft the
> framework for its Accountability to the Public. Primarily, ICANN would
> like to consider the issues that the public identifies as being core to
> strengthening such accountability.
> In essence, Accountability is the answerability, liability, and
> expectation of account-giving, in response to, and remediation of,
> organizational misconduct. Thus, the issue underscoring reasonable and
> growing Public concern is that the ethical development of a framework
> for accountability should endeavor to correspond to those whom which an
> Organization should be answerable, as opposed to the Organization
> itself. It should address how they may, independent of the Organization,
> hold the Organization liable to remediation, and it should reflect that
> the Organization truly believes that account-giving is forthcoming.
> In ethics, and in governance, the core issue necessitating
> accountability is the preservation of social equity within a diverse
> power spectrum comprised of individual citizens, fledgling businesses,
> governments varying in size and nature, special interests and larger
> corporations. Throughout history nations have struggled with preventing
> failures in ability to maintain the fairly impartial administration of
> accountability from evolving into anarchy or tyranny at either extreme.
> Today, modern governments largely curtail a breakdown in systemic
> accountability through the separation of mutually dependent structures,
> each empowered with mechanisms to hold the other accountable, bolstered
> by processes to facilitate public recourse.
> In the current trajectory towards Internet Governance and the Framework
> for accountability, when ICANN finally determines how it should be
> accountable to the greater global community comprising individuals,
> governments and businesses that must increasingly depend on the
> impartial provision of IANA functions far into the future, the Public
> may hope to continue to find opportunities to address ICANN, via well
> established procedures, such as the submission of complaints to ICANN's
> "Office of the Ombudsman" in accordance with the bylaws instated by
> ICANN. It should be noted that the common definition of Ombudsman is "a
> government official appointed to receive and investigate complaints
> against abuses or capricious acts of its officials". Individual,
> Corporate and National Citizens of the Internet may feel fortunate that
> such an Office exists at present. To this effect, the burden is on these
> very Citizens to collaboratively ensure that Accountability is
> adequately and enduringly developed to preserve the equity of the
> structures governing the Internet of tomorrow.
> /TR/
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