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Volume 5: An Update on IANA Stewardship Discussions, Special Edition on the ICANN Accountability Enhancements Draft

14 May 2015
By Samantha Dickinson

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CCWG-Accountability draft now open for public comment

On 4 May, the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) published its initial draft report on the elements of the ICANN accountability framework that it has identified as essential to happen, or be committed to, before the IANA Stewardship Transition takes place. This initial draft report will be open for public comment for 30 days. Following community input during the comment period and at ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires, the CCWG-Accountability will produce a second draft report for a 40-day public comment period in July.

The recommendations in the initial draft now out for comment are not presented as the consensus of the CCWG-Accountability. Instead, the CCWG-Accountability has published the draft to solicit feedback from the community on the CCWG-Accountability's approach as well as guidance on several options under consideration.

The CCWG-Accountability initial draft report is the fourth major community developed proposal to undergo public consultation as a part of the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability processes.

Key links

How to submit a public comment

Comment on the draft report, with or without annexes, by 3 June 2015, 23:59 UTC (convert to your time zone):

  • Respond to any or all of the 3 general questions and 15 issue-specific questions related to Work Stream 1 included in the announcement of the public comment period as well as in section 11 of the draft report. There is also an additional question on Work Stream 2 to help guide the CCWG-Accountability with its work.
  • Send your comments to:


  • When you receive an automatically generated email asking you to confirm your submission, please follow the instructions in the email to ensure your comments are submitted to the archive of public comments.

To help better understand the contents and context of the draft proposal, you may wish to join one of the two following webinars live:

  • 11 May from 11:00 – 12:30 UTC (time zone converter here)
  • 11 May from 19:00 – 20:30 UTC (time zone converter here)

The webinars will also be transcribed and published from this CCWG-Accountability webpage in the six UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

A timeline of events and processes related to the accountability proposal

Below is a summary of upcoming key meetings and processes specifically related to Work Stream 1 draft report and its interactions with the naming related portion of the IANA Stewardship Transition proposal. A list of dates associated with a wider range of stewardship transition related activities is included near the end of this report.

4 May 2015

The CCWG-Accountability halts work on draft Work Stream 1 accountability enhancements. Work Stream 2 accountability work continues.

20 May 2015

Last day for community comments on the CWG-Stewardship second draft proposal.

1 Jun 2015

ICANN staff publishes report of public comments on the CWG-Stewardship's second draft proposal.

3 Jun 2015

Last day for community comments on the ICANN accountability enhancements (Work Stream 1).

4-29 Jun 2015

ICANN staff compiles a report of the public comments received on CCWG-Accountability's draft report on Work Stream 1-related ICANN accountability enhancements.

5-18 Jun 2015

The CCWG-Accountability reviews public comments on Work Stream 1 accountability enhancements and prepares documents for ICANN 53 briefings with the community.

8 Jun 2015

The CWG-Stewardship presents revised version of its proposal to their chartering members (Supporting Organizations and Advisory Councils) for review and adoption.

8-25 Jun 2015

ALAC, ccNSO, GAC and GNSO review and consider adoption of CWG-Stewardship's revised proposal.

19 Jun 2015

The CCWG-Accountability meets for working session before ICANN 53.

21-25 Jun 2015

All ICANN communities and other parties interested in IANA meet during ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires, and online via remote participation, to discuss the IANA stewardship transition in a number of cross-community as well as stakeholder-specific sessions. (See preliminary schedule).

25 Jun 2015

The CWG-Stewardship delivers the final proposal on the naming related portion of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG).

20 Jul 2015

The CCWG-Accountability publishes second, revised, version of draft report on Work Stream 1 accountability enhancements for public comment.

29 Aug 2015

Last day for community comments on the second draft of ICANN accountability enhancements (Work Stream 1).

30 Sep-15 Oct 2015

ALAC, ASO, ccNSO, GAC and GNSO review and consider adoption of CCWG-Accountability's revised proposal.

22 Oct 2015

The CCWG-Accountability present Work Stream 1 accountability enhancements report to the ICANN Board.

Updates on other transition-related activities

IETF Working Group on Planning for the IANA/NTIA Transition (IANAPLAN)

On 30 April, the chairs of IETF, IAOC and IAB notified members of IANAPLAN of the status of work between IETF and ICANN regarding the annual SLA or Supplemental Agreement to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IETF and ICANN in relation to IANA's performance of the protocol parameters function. Following that notification, there was much discussion on the IANAPLAN mailing list about the possible reasons behind ICANN's communication to IETF that it believed that agreeing to the proposed text of the SLA would possibly put ICANN in breach of its existing agreement with the NTIA. The discussion was forwarded on to the CWG-Stewardship mailing list and, in response, ICANN clarified that the concerns it had expressed were not related to the proposed stewardship model for the protocol parameters function of IANA after the expiration of ICANN's contract with NTIA, but were specifically related to constraints that applied solely while the current contract with NTIA remained in place. ICANN expressed it did not want to pre-empt or create a perception of pre-empting any of the community consensus process around any areas in the finalization of the transition. A further email was posted to the CCWG-Accountability list by a member of the ICANN Board containing more information on the MoU and the process IETF can invoke to terminate the agreement.

Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team

As a result of the CRISP Team's draft proposal for the numbers component of the IANA functions, the Number Resource Organization (NRO) has produced a Draft Service Level Agreement (SLA) for the IANA Numbering Services. The draft SLA, which has not been reviewed by the CRISP Team nor negotiated with any other parties, including ICANN, is available for comment until 14 June 2015. Comments received are archived on the NRO's ianaxfer mailing list.

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG)

The ICG has announced that it has published its final process for how it will handle comments sent by members of the community to the ICG forum. Comments may be directly submitted to the ICG any time via icg-forum@ianacg.org. In response to the SLA-related discussions described in the sections above, the ICG has posted a statement on its homepage that encourages all interested parties, including ICANN staff and Board members, to participate within the open, transparent processes being used by the three operational communities to transition the stewardship of the IANA functions away from NTIA. Board Chair, Steve Crocker, issued a response. The ICG has also created Twitter and Facebook accounts to assist with disseminating information about their activities.

Transition timeline and implementation

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has written to the chairs of the ICG and CCWG-Accountability requesting information on projected dates related to completing the transition proposal, as well as the estimated time to implement the transition, to assist the NTIA in planning for the transition. The NTIA has requested this information be communicated by the end of June.

U.S. Congressional Hearings

On 13 May, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing titled Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .Sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet's Operation. ICANN submitted written testimony for the record.

Later that afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee held a separate hearing titled, Stakeholder Perspectives on the IANA Transition. ICANN also submitted written testimony for the record in that hearing.

Upcoming key dates

14 May 2015

CWG-Stewardship Meeting #47, 11:00-13:00 UTC

19 May 2015

CCWG-Accountability Meeting #33, 6:00-8:00 UTC
ICG Teleconference (TBC)
CWG-Stewardship Meeting #48, 17:00-19:00 UTC

21 May 2015

CWG-Stewardship Meeting #49, 11:00-13:00 UTC

26 May 2015

CCWG-Accountability Meeting #34, 12:00-14:00 UTC
CWG-Stewardship Meeting #50, 17:00-19:00 UTC

28 May 2015

CWG-Stewardship Meeting #51, 11:00-13:00 UTC

28-29 May 2015

CWG-Stewardship Intensive Working Days

2 Jun 2015

CWG-Stewardship Meeting #52, 17:00-19:00 UTC
CCWG-Accountability Meeting #35, 19:00-21:00 UTC

4 Jun 2015

CWG-Stewardship Meeting #53, 11:00-13:00 UTC

14 Jun 2015

Deadline for comments to NRO on Draft Service Level Agreement (SLA) for the IANA Numbering Services

18-19 Jun 2015

ICG Face-to-Face Meeting, ICANN 53, Buenos Aires, all day

19 Jun 2015

CCWG-Accountability Working Session 1, ICANN 53, Buenos Aires, all day

21-25 Jun 2015

ICANN 53, Buenos Aires

IANA stewardship in the news

7 May 2015

Dot What? The surprisingly interesting history of the Internet domain system, Slate [EN]

6 May 2015

专访张建川解读ICANN互联网管理权移交建议草案内容, Sohu.com [CN]

5 May 2015

Le Burkina veut participer aux instances de la gouvernance mondiale de l'internet, Burkina24 [FR]

4 May 2015

Internet in Ghana not controlled – Omane Boamah, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation [EN]
ICANN will IANA dauerhaft betreiben, Heise Online [DE]

28 April 2015


You can play a role in IANA's future…

Anyone can participate in discussions about the future of IANA's stewardship and ICANN accountability. For information on joining CWG-Stewardship, contact grace.abuhamad@icann.org. For information on joining CCWG-Accountability, contact accountability-staff@icann.org.


Samantha Dickinson