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Volume 13: An Update on IANA Stewardship Discussions

Transition another step closer as accountability proposal is sent to Chartering Organizations

  • The final CCWG-Accountability proposal for accountability enhancements that must be in place or committed to within the timeframe of the IANA Stewardship Transition has been sent to its six Chartering Organizations for adoption.
  • The CWG-Stewardship is finalizing a letter confirming that the CCWG-Accountability proposal meets all of their requirements.
  • The ICG will finalize their proposal for transmission to the ICANN Board and NTIA upon receiving confirmation from the CWG-Stewardship.

CCWG-Accountability proposal

On 23 February, the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) forwarded its Final Supplemental Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations for the approval of its six Chartering Organizations (GNSO, ALAC, ccNSO, GAC, ASO, SSAC). The Final Supplemental Proposal incorporates:

  • Feedback received during the public comment period on the Third Draft Proposal.
  • Further development of the recommendations by the CCWG-Accountability members and participants to resolve the sometimes-conflicting issues raised by community feedback.
  • A change made as a result of concerns expressed by some members of the GAC and the ICANN Board regarding the applicability of the “carve out” (Annex 1) to recalling the Board if an IRP challenge to the Board’s implementation of GAC consensus advice was not available. Initially, the Supplemental Proposal recommended that if the Empowered Community could not challenge the Board’s implementation of GAC consensus advice via the IRP that the lower threshold of the “carve out” would still apply for recalling the Board. The final version of the Supplemental Proposal does not include the possibility of using the lower threshold of the “carve out” to recall the ICANN Board should the community not be able to challenge the Board’s implementation of GAC consensus advice via the IRP.

Final approval of CCWG-Accountability’s Work Stream 1 recommendations triggers the next phase in the IANA Stewardship Transition – the transmission of both the transition and accountability proposals to the NTIA by way of the ICANN Board of Directors. The transmission is expected to take place during or immediately following the Public ICANN Board Meeting on 10 March.

Timeline

1 March 2016 IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) teleconference (12:00-13:00 UTC) to discuss finalization of its proposal based on confirmation by CWG-Stewardship that the CCWG-Accountability supplemental report meets all of their requirements.
9 March 2016 Deadline for CCWG-Accountability Chartering Organizations to indicate their support for the Supplemental Draft proposal. Pending approval by all Chartering Organizations, CCWG-Accountability Chairs to forward the proposal to the ICANN Board of Directors.
10 March 2016

ICANN Board considers the Supplemental Proposal at its Public Board Meeting at ICANN55.

ICANN Board forwards the Final Supplemental Proposal to NTIA, together with the Proposal to Transition the Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the Global Multistakeholder Community.

When the NTIA receives the proposals, it will review the contents to ensure that the proposals meet the criteria published by the NTIA on 14 March 2014. NTIA will also inform U.S. Congress about the status of the proposals. NTIA’s contract with ICANN expires on 30 September 2016 but NTIA has the authority to extend the contract if needed.

IANA Stewardship Transition and Accountability discussions at ICANN55

Date Time Session Room
5 Mar 12:45-15:00 GNSO: CCWG-Accountability Discussion Diamant
  14:30-16:00 GAC: IANA Transition and ICANN Accountability: Overview Cristal
  17:00-18:00 GAC: Position as a Chartering Organisation for CCWG Accountability Cristal
6 Mar 08:30-12:30 GAC: Position as a Chartering Organisation for CCWG-Accountability Cristal
  11:15-11:45 GNSO: Update on CWG-Stewardship Implementation Diamant
  13:30-14:45 ALAC: CCWG Discussion Roseraie
  15:15-16:45 ALAC: CCWG Ratification Roseraie
  11:45-13:00 GNSO: Update on CCWG-Accountability Diamant
7 Mar 10:15-11:30 High-Level Governmental Meeting: IANA Stewardship Transition Outcomes Cristal
  10:30-11:45 IANA Stewardship Transition Implementation Atlas
  11:45-13:15 High-Level Governmental Meeting: Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governments role in the new ICANN framework Cristal
  13:30-15:00 CCWG-Accountability Engagement Session Atlas
8 Mar 11:00-12:30 ccNSO: IANA Stewardship Transition Process Oliveraie
  12:00-12:30 GAC: Position as a Chartering Organisation for CCWG-Accountability Cristal
  14:30-15:30 GAC: Position as a Chartering Organisation for CCWG-Accountability Cristal
  16:00-18:00 GAC: Finalize GAC Position as a Chartering Organization for CCWG-Accountability Cristal
9 Mar 13:30-15:30 GNSO Council meeting Toubkal
  13:30-18:00 ccNSO: IANA Stewardship Transition Process and ccNSO Council Meeting Oliveraie
10 Mar 16:00-17:30 ICANN Public Board Meeting Atlas

Note: The CCWG-Accountability will meet in Marrakech during ICANN55, but at this point, the main focus of the CCWG’s work in Marrakech is planning Work Stream 2 activities. Work Stream 2 focuses on accountability topics that extend beyond the IANA Stewardship Transition.

IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has requested confirmation that the CCWG-Accountability Supplemental Draft Proposal meets all of the requirements of the Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship).

The CWG-Stewardship held a teleconference on 25 February to discuss its response to the CCWG-Accountability Chartering Organizations and the ICG regarding whether the Supplemental Proposal meets all of the CWG-Stewardship’s requirements. The draft letter of confirmation is here.

When the ICG receives confirmation from the CWG-Stewardship, the ICG will finalize the Proposal to Transition the Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the Global Multistakeholder Community for delivery to the ICANN Board to transmit to NTIA. To do this, the ICG will hold a teleconference on March 1.

IANA Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

A group consisting of representatives from the three IANA operational communities has been finalizing details on how IANA IPR should be managed after the transition has occurred.

IANA IPR consists of three IANA trademarks (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, IANA and the IANA logo) and their registrations as well as three IANA-related domain names (iana.org, iana.net, and iana.com).

These discussions are still underway. To follow recent developments you can follow the mailing list, iana-ipr, which is publicly archived here

 

Compiled on behalf of ICANN by Samantha Dickinson                                    

26 February 2016

Comments

    Sébastien Bachollet  01:22 UTC on 27 February 2016

    You may want to add the schedule where ALAC/AT-Large will discuss IANA transition and ICANN accountability. Look at https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=56145769

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