Identifier Technology Health Indicators (ITHI) Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS ITHI?
ITHI stands for Identifier Technologies Health Indicators, a new initiative run by the ICANN Office of the CTO (OCTO) to develop metrics to quantify and measure the state of the unique Internet identifiers that ICANN helps coordinate. The intent of ITHI is to then track those measurements over a substantive period of time and to provide the data collected to the community to help facilitate discussions related to those identifiers.
WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF THE ITHI PROJECT?
The scope of ITHI is all the Internet unique identifiers that ICANN helps coordinate.
WHAT IS THE FRAMEWORK FOR THIS INITIATIVE?
WHAT IS THE TIMEFRAME FOR THE ITHI PROJECT?
The kick-off of the ITHI project took place during an open session at ICANN55 in Marrakech on March 9th 2016. The expectation is to work with the community iteratively to define relevant metrics and track them over a long period of time. We anticipate the data collection, after the metrics are defined, will be an ongoing activity of ICANN.
WHO ARE THE RELEVANT COMMUNITIES THAT ARE ADDRESSED BY ITHI?
The communities that are addressed by ITHI are the operational communities – Domain Names, Numbering Resources, and Protocol Parameters. ICANN OCTO is reaching out separately to the Domain Names, Numbering Resources and Protocol Parameters communities to work with them to define the relevant metrics for their respective domain.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN ITHI?
WHAT WILL BE THE PROCESS TO DEFINE THE ITHI METRICS?
Following SSAC recommendation 077, ICANN OCTO is implementing a 2-step process to define the ITHI metrics:
First, ICANN ask each community to define a set of potential strategic risks that they are concerned about. Examples of these could be security, abuse, registry accuracy, fair access to resources, open access to data, etc. More can be found in the “Strategy Risks” subsection of section 2.1 of the ICANN 2016-2020 Strategic Plan | Mobile Accessible [PDF, 408 KB].
Second, once those strategic risks are understood, ICANN will work collaboratively with each operational community to define metrics that would help in tracking those strategic risks.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO DEFINE THOSE METRICS?
It is up to each operational community to define their respective metrics, and it may be an ongoing activity. The expectation is that a first set of metrics can be defined within one year.
ICANN’S ROLE IS PREDOMINENTLY ABOUT DOMAIN NAMES, WHY IS THE ORGANIZATION CONCERNED ABOUT METRICS FOR THE NUMBERING RESOURCES AND PROTOCOL PARAMETERS COMMUNITIES?
As described in ICANN’s Bylaws, ICANN’s Mission is “[…]to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet’s unique identifier systems.”
This was reaffirmed in the 2009 Affirmation of Commitments:
“For the purpose of this Affirmation the Internet’s domain name and addressing system (DNS) is defined as: domain names; Internet protocol addresses and autonomous system numbers; protocol port and parameter numbers. ICANN coordinates these identifiers at the overall level, consistent with its mission.”
WHY IS ICANN CONCERNED ABOUT INTERNET HEALTH?
Section 2 of the ICANN 2016-2010 Strategic Plan is to “foster and coordinate a healthy, secure, stable, and resilient identifier ecosystem.”
ISN'T ITHI BEYOND ICANN'S MANDATE??
A11: No. ITHI is part of ICANN fulfilling its mission “to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems” per its mission statement.
IS ITHI ABOUT MEASURING THE QUALITY OF THE WORK DONE BY THE VARIOUS ICANN COMMUNITIES?
No, ITHI is about tracking the health of the unique identifiers of the Internet over a substantive period of time. ICANN’s role is limited to performing these measurements and making the results publicly available.
Various policy-making and operational bodies within ICANN and externally will be able to choose whether or not to use the results of theses measurements as they see fit.