[ianatransition] separation and accountability

Miles Fidelman mfidelman at meetinghouse.net
Sun Aug 3 08:49:16 UTC 2014

Seun Ojedeji wrote:
> sent from Google nexus 4
> kindly excuse brevity and typos.
> On 2 Aug 2014 09:27, "Avri Doria" <avri at acm.org <mailto:avri at acm.org>> 
> wrote:
> >
> > So not only does IETF get the bulk of its funding, via ISOC, from the
> > contributions of PIR's (.org) registrants, it gets its service for free
> > based on registrant fees paid to ICANN though the Registrar and Registry
> > pass-through.  IETF is somewhat dependent, in a financial sense, on
> > ICANN its polices, its panels and its continued good will.  That is a
> > lot of trust.
> >
> Hello Avri, i like to get into your head to understand you if you 
> don't mind ;)
> Are you saying because IETF enjoy some freebies from ICANN makes it 
> not as independent enough to police ICANN? If yes is there really any 
> independent body that can perform such role without some funding sources.

Not sure what Avri is saying, but I'd make a different point, if related:

The NTIA contract ties the funding mechanisms together - i.e., the 
"freebies" IETF receives are [authorized|directed|enforced] by the NTIA 
contract.  It's the contract that basically says: "you have to perform 
all of the IANA functions, not just those that generate revenue."

If/when that contract goes away, it might be nice if whatever replaces 
it maintains that connection.

Miles Fidelman

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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