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Thoughts Heading into Los Angeles

24 September 2015

Steve Crocker, Former ICANN Board Chair

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The CCWG-Accountability chairs recently observed in a blog post how critical it is that we all keep up our energy and momentum going into the next CCWG-Accountability face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles on 25 and 26 September. I could not agree more. The CCWG-Accountability deserves much applause for its tremendous and impressive work leading to the 2nd Draft Proposal, this most recent public comment period and for its commitment to bring this process to a successful conclusion. It hasn't always been easy. The Board has tried to act in good faith throughout this process, weighing the most appropriate and helpful times to contribute, and in what manner in this unprecedented community effort.

The CCWG meeting in Los Angeles comes at a critical time. While it's easy to analyze the areas where consensus still needs to be reached, it is important to also recognize the many elements of the accountability proposal that have reached broad support. In studying the public comments, we agree with the CCWG that there are many areas of agreement and we look forward to contributing as a part of the community to refine and build upon the 2nd Draft Proposal to create the necessary enhancements to ICANN's accountability.

It is more important to get this work done right than it is to get it done quickly. However, should the group not focus on the core accountability requirements to fill the backstop role of the U.S. Government, I fear that it will drive the transition towards delay or even possible failure after being so close to completion. A lot of work has been done by our community, in the CCWG and at the ICG, and the crafting of these two dynamic proposals has been a testament to the capability of the multistakeholder community – we must not let this moment pass.

I am personally looking forward to using this time in Los Angeles to contribute constructively to the work of the CCWG and remain confident we will continue to enhance what we have built together.

Former ICANN Board Chair

Steve Crocker