[IANAtransition] On Enhancing ICANN Accountability

Tamer Rizk trizk at inficron.com
Fri May 30 19:19:59 UTC 2014

@Michel, Sovereignty is the quality of having independent authority over 
a geographic area. Since the geographic area you are hypothesizing is 
unclear in your statement, I can only clarify that the implied intention 
of the document is to reiterate the necessity for all interests to 
ensure a future of good Internet governance through separate, 
interdependent organizations, each with the power to hold the other 

If I understand your concluding remark correctly, then yes, I would 
agree that DNS policy may be constrained to impartiality through the 
careful demarcation of RZM and IANA functions between said organizations.

Michel S. Gauthier wrote:
> All this has a simple name. What is discussed is "ICANN sovereignty".
> Why not to call things by their name.
> Sovereignty means potestas against multitude's potentia and external
> potestas.
> As long as there is no ICANN-Cyber-Command this is waffling. Let first
> discuss the DNS police abuses.
> M S G
> At 03:29 30/05/2014, Tamer Rizk wrote:
>> PDF Attached
>> 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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