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IANA Naming Function Review: Recommendation for an IANA Naming Function Contract Amendment

10 February 2021

Open Date: 10 February 2021 Close Date: 22 March 2021
Originating Organization: ICANN organization, Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements
Brief Overview:

Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding has been opened on behalf of the ICANN organization (ICANN org) to prepare the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Naming Function Review (IFR) Final Report for ICANN Board consideration. The IFR is an evaluation of Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) performance of the IANA naming function against the contractual requirements in the IANA Naming Function Contract and the IANA Naming Function SOW. The IFR Review Team's Recommendation 4 (page 5 of the IFR Final Report [PDF, 2.2MB]) calls for an amendment to Article 7, Section 7.1 (a) of the IANA Naming Function Contract.

Pursuant to ICANN Bylaws Article 18.6 (iv), there must be "public comment on the amendments that are under consideration by the IFRT through a public comment period that complies with the designated practice for public comment periods within ICANN."

Current Status: Recommendation 4 of the IFR Final Report [PDF, 2.2MB] outlines an amendment to the IANA Naming Function Contract. The IFR Review Team (IFRT) is seeking community input.

Next Steps: Pursuant to ICANN Bylaws Section 18.6 (b)(i), IFR Recommendations requiring a contract amendment must be approved by a supermajority vote of the ccNSO and GNSO Councils. Within 45 days of the conclusion of this Public Comment, or the ccNSO and GNSO Councils' approvals, whichever occurs later, the ICANN Board shall take action on the Final Recommendations. Pursuant to ICANN Bylaws Section 18.6 (d), for IFR Recommendations that are approved by the Board, the Secretary shall provide a Board Notice to the Empowered Community (EC) Administration and the Decisional Participants. The EC Administration shall promptly commence and comply with the procedures and requirements specified in Article 2 of Annex D.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/iana-naming-function-contract-amend-2021-02-10-en