[Internal-cg] scope language

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Thu Jul 17 13:08:11 UTC 2014

I do think we need to call out accountability as the main concern. We didn't need NTIA to perform the IANA functions, they were provided before the IANA contract existed (1998), we only "needed" it as a form of oversight over ICANN. And, as Joe noted, many people do confuse, and will continue to confuse, our process with that of ICANN's other accountability process. So, add "continuance of the IANA functions," sure, but make sure our scope is differentiated from the scope of the enhancing accountability process. 

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Just for the record my own suggestion was along the lines of:

"determining arrangements which will be be sufficient and necessary for the continuance of IANA functions, after the expiry of the NTIA-ICANN contract"

these could include arrangements for accountability, but there are other aspects which are practical, logistical, contractual etc which I think are certainly part of the scope.

My concern with focus on accountability gaps is both because I think it is too narrow and also because if that is indeed the focus, there will be confusion about the respective roles of these two parallel exercises.


On 17 Jul 2014, at 10:56 pm, Milton L Mueller <Mueller at syr.edu> wrote:

> The IANA stewardship transition process is taking place alongside a separate but related process on enhancing ICANN accountability. While maintaining the accountability of Internet identifier governance is central to both processes, this group's scope is limited to filling the accountability gaps created by the end of the NTIA's role as principal in the IANA contract, whereas the other process focuses on enhancing the accountability of ICANN's policy development process. Nevertheless, the two processes are interrelated and the ICG must assess proposed solutions in the light of the of the other accountability process. 
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