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Co-Chairs of CCWG-Accountability Publish High Level Statements

On behalf of the Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) Accountability, the co-chairs Thomas Rickert (GNSO), León Sanchez Ambia (ALAC) and Mathieu Weill (ccNSO) are pleased to announce that the CCWG has prepared a set of high level statements that might be valuable to all groups or individuals working on proposals as part of the NTIA IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition Process.

The CCWG is aware and conscious of the interdependency and interlinkage of the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability Processes, in particular with what has been called Work Stream 1 and appreciates the sense of urgency. Although the CCWG works as expeditiously as possible on the tasks it has been chartered with, it is not feasible to publish concrete results of the group in January.

Nonetheless, the CCWG has chosen to publish the high level statements as a preliminary assessment of the situation and is cognizant that this preliminary assessment might be subject to change because of:

  • Changes to the proposals under discussion as part of the IANA Stewardship Transition Process, in particular the Interim Proposal published by the CWG-Stewardship on 1 December 2014; and
  • Changes due to other external and internal factors, such as evolving deliberations of the CWG itself.

Background CCWG

The CCWG began its work late November 2014 with regular weekly virtual meetings and will have its first (intersessional) face-to face meeting on 19 and 20 January 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. The CCWG was chartered by ALAC, ccNSO, GAC, GNSO and NRO acting as ASO and includes over 150 participants and members appointed by the chartering organizations, Advisors appointed by the Public Experts Group (PEG), and 3 liaisons.

Additional information, including transcripts and recordings of the discussions are available at:

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