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Volume 6: An Update on IANA Stewardship Discussions

11 June 2015
By Samantha Dickinson

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Following the closure of the Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship) general public comment period on 20 May (with comments by those relying on translations of the proposal having a closing date of 26 May), the ICANN CWG-Stewardship staff support has compiled the comments into the following key synthesis documents:

The final staff report is still pending publication. The 49 submissions received before the close of the comment period on 20 May can be found here and can be downloaded as a single ZIP file. Additional comments submitted beyond the 20 May can be found on the comments page archive. The CWG-Stewardship plans to publish its final version of its draft proposal on 8 June.

The CWG-Stewardship will hold two webinars to help enable the community to better understand this final draft version of the proposal

  • 11 June from 6:00 – 7:30 UTC (time zone converter here)
  • 11 June from 13:00 – 14:30 UTC (time zone converter here)


The general public comment period for those responding to the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CWG-Accountability) call for public comments on the initial draft report [PDF 2.1 MB] of Work Stream 1 accountability enhancements has now closed. However, the comment period remains open until 12 June for those relying on the translated versions of the report's executive summary. As of 7 June, 60 comments have been submitted to the public archive of comments. Translations of the executive summary and full draft report can be found under Section III: Relevant Resources of the call for public comments page or on the CCWG-Accountability wiki page.

IANA stewardship and ICANN accountability at ICANN 53

The table below is correct as of 8 June 2015. For the most up-to-date version of which sessions will include IANA stewardship related discussions, see the full ICANN 53 schedule.

Date Time Meeting Room
18 Jun 9:00-17:00 ICG Face-to-Face Meeting San Telmo
19 Jun 8:00-18:00 CCWG-Accountability Working Session 1 Retiro A
9:00-17:00 ICG Face-to-Face Meeting San Telmo
20 Jun No IANA or ICANN accountability meetings scheduled to date
21 Jun 8:30-10:00 GAC: Transition of US Stewardship of IANA San Telmo
10:30-12:00 GAC: Enhancing ICANN Accountability San Telmo
11:00-12:00 ALAC: NTIA IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition Golden Horn
11:15-11:45 GNSO: Update on IANA Stewardship Transition Retiro B
11:45-12:15 GNSO: Update on CCWG on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Retiro B
13:30-14:30 ALAC: ICANN Accountability and Transparency Golden Horn
15:00-16:00 CCWG-Accountability Meeting with the ICANN Board Retiro C
18:30-20:00 Evolving ICANN Accountability Libertador C
22 Jun 10:30-13:00 CWG-Stewardship/CCWG-Accountability Joint Town Hall Meeting Libertador AB
16:45-18:00 CWG-Stewardship Engagement Session Libertador AB
23 Jun 8:30-17:45 Joint Meetings with the Board Libertador AB
10:00-10:30 SSAC: Private meeting with the CCWG co-Chairs TBC
14:00-15:45 ccNSO: IANA Stewardship Transition/ICANN Accountability La Pampa
15:00-17:00 RSSAC: IANA Stewardship Transition/ICANN Accountability (TBC) Auditorio
16:15-20:00 At-Large Ad-hoc WG on the Transition of US Government Stewardship of the IANA Function and Accountability Golden Horn
24 Jun 9:30-10:30 GAC: IANA Stewardship Transition (cont.) San Telmo
9:30-10:45 ccNSO: Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG Proposals) La Pampa
10:30-12:00 AoC and Organizational Reviews: Supporting ICANN Accountability Libertador AB
11:00-12:30 GAC: Enhancing ICANN Accountability (cont.) San Telmo
13:00-15:00 GNSO: IANA Stewardship Transition/ICANN Accountability (TBC) Libertador C
14:00-15:00 Joint Meeting of the ASO/NRO with the ICANN Board Martin Fierro
15:30-17:00 CCWG-Accountability Working Session 2 Libertador AB
25 Jun 8:30-10:00 CWG-Stewardship Working Session La Pampa
10:15-11:45 CCWG-Accountability Working Session 3 La Pampa
8:30-12:30 ICG Working Session 3 Libertador AB

Updates on other transition-related activities

Transition timeline and implementation

Following a request by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the chairs of the ICG [PDF 575 KB] and CCWG-Accountability for information on projected dates for completing the stewardship transition, the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) wrote to the three operational communities (here, here and here) for more information on how long it would take to implement each of the three components of the transition proposal. The IETF Working Group on Planning for the IANA/NTIA Transition (IANAPLAN) has responded, stating they believe the protocol parameters component could be implemented promptly, pending more information about the possible involvement of the protocol parameters community in the CWG-Stewardship's proposed Post-Transition IANA (PTI).

The announcement of Fadi Chehadé's departure as ICANN CEO in 2016

On 21 May, ICANN's CEO, Fadi Chehadé announced that he would leave his position in March 2016. Following his announcement, the NTIA released a short statement, noting, "A successful transition does not depend on the leadership of a single individual, but rather the engagement of the global multistakeholder community working collaboratively to ensure that the Internet remains open, secure, and resilient."

IANA-related discussions at WSIS Forum 2015 and EuroDIG 2015

U.S. Government processes related to the IANA stewardship transition

  • On 5 June 2014, The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked by the Chairs of the U.S. Government's House Energy and Commerce Committee to review the NTIA's plan to transition its oversight of the IANA functions.
  • In response to this, the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team submitted a written response to the GAO [PDF 60 KB] on May 12.
  • Also on May 12, a revised version of 2014's Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014 (H.R. 5737) was submitted. This year's version, Defending Internet Freedom Act (H.R. 2251), is, in contrast to the previous version of the bill, supportive of the global multistakeholder efforts to develop a transition plan for IANA's stewardship, but still would require specific conditions to be met before the NTIA could complete the transition.
  • On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2578). It contains similar language to the previous Act, which prevented government funds being used by the NTIA to complete the transition of its stewardship over IANA until the end of the financial year in September. The Act next goes to the U.S. Senate for its consideration.

Timeline of key events and processes related to the IANA stewardship transition

10 Jun 2015 Last day for community comments on the translated versions of ICANN accountability enhancements (Work Stream 1).
11Jun 2015 TheCWG-Stewardship presents revised version of its proposal to their chartering members (ALAC, ccNSO, GAC, GNSO, SSAC) for review and adoption.
11-25 Jun 2015 ALAC, ccNSO, GAC, GNSO, and SSACreview and consider adoption of CWG-Stewardship's revised proposal.
5-18 Jun 2015 TheCWG-Accountability reviews public comments on Work Stream 1 accountability enhancements and prepares documents for ICANN 53 briefings with the community.
14 Jun 2015 Deadline for numbers communityto comment on NRO's Draft Service Level Agreement (SLA) for the IANA Numbering Services
29 Jun 2015 ICANN staff submits a report of the public comments received on CCWG-Accountability's draft report on Work Stream 1-related ICANN accountability enhancements.
21-25 Jun 2015 All ICANN communities and other partiesmeet 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 "IANA Stewardship and ICANN Accountability discussions in Buenos Aires" table of events above).
25 Jun 2015 TheCWG-Stewardship delivers the final proposal on the naming related portion to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG).
20 Jul 2015 TheCCWG-Accountabilitypublishes 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).
Aug-Sep 2015 Community comment period on interim final proposal, consisting of names, numbers and protocol parameter components, as compiled by the ICG.
30 Sep-15 Oct 2015 ALAC, ASO, ccNSO, GAC and GNSOreview and consider adoption of the CCWG-Accountability's revised proposal.
22 Oct 2015 TheCCWG-Accountabilitypresents Work Stream 1 accountability enhancements report to the ICANN Board.
Week 3, Oct 2015 TheICGposts final combined proposal.
Post-ICANN 54, TBD ICANN Board transmits final IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal to NTIA.

Latest documents and drafts

9 June 2015 CWG-Stewardship – Final version of names proposal, Version 6
29 May 2015 ICG – Combined IANA Stewardship proposal, Version 0
27 May 2015 ICG – IANA Stewardship Proposal Timeline Graphic, Version 11
ICANN – IANA Functions Usage Analysis

IANA stewardship in the news

4 Jun 2015 США прибирают интернет к рукам: Конгресс США выступил против международного управления интернетом, газета.ru [RU]
1 Jun 2015 IANA Transition Bill Puts Community in the Driver's Seat, Bloomberg BNA [EN]
25 May 2015 Los riesgos de "más gobierno" en Internet Blogs ABC [ES]
Internet-Verwaltung: "Die ICANN wurde um die IANA herum gebaut", Heise Online [DE]

Upcoming meetings and teleconferences

9 Jun 2015 CCWG-Accountability Meeting #36, 6:00-9:00 UTC
CWG-Stewardship Meeting #58, 17:00-19:00 UTC
10 Jun 2015 ICG Teleconference, 12:00-14:00 UTC
11 Jun 2015 Webinar: briefing on final CWG-Stewardship proposal, 6:00-07:30 UTC & 13:00- 14:30 UTC
CWG-Stewardship Meeting #59, 11:00-12:00 UTC
18-25 Jun 2015 ICANN 53, including pre-meetings, Buenos Aires
17-18 Jul 2015 CCWG-Accountability Face-to-Face Meeting, Paris, France
18-19 Sep 2015 ICG Face-to-Face Meeting, TBC

You can play a role in ICANN's future…

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

Compiled on behalf of ICANN by Samantha Dickinson                                    11 June 2015


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