Report on Board Informational Call on IANA Stewardship Transition
The Board held an Informational Call on the IANA Stewardship Transition telephonically on 12 November 2015 at 0030 UTC.
Board Directors present for all or part of the meeting:
Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Cherine Chalaby (Vice Chair), Steve Crocker (Chair), Chris Disspain, Asha Hemrajani, Lito Ibarra, Markus Kummer, Lousewies van der Laan, Erika Mann, George Sadowsky, Ron da Silva, Bruce Tonkin and Kuo-Wei Wu
Board Liaisons present for all or part of the meeting:
Ram Mohan (SSAC Liaison), Thomas Schneider (GAC Liaison), Jonne Soininen (IETF Liaison), and Suzanne Woolf (RSSAC Liaison)
Secretary: John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary)
ICANN Staff present for all or part of the meeting:
David Conrad, Samantha Eisner, Theresa Swinehart, Tarek Kamel, Melissa King,
Review of Timeline & Milestones
The Board discussed a potential timeline to consider and prepare comments to the CCWG-Accountability documents that are slated for posting, with agreement that any Board comments should be provided as early as possible within the comment period.
The Board discussed the status of the active CCWG discussions on the revision of ICANN's mission statement, including changes requested to factually clarify the role of ICANN in relation to protocol parameters while still assuring that the full scope of ICANN's work is reflected. The Board noted a lack of consensus, so far, among the CCWG on language related to ICANN's ability to enforce its contracts, and the significant debate apparent on the list. The Board discussed the need for clear, simple and understandable language for its mission, and its hope that resulting text from the CCWG would be in that spirit.
Update on Key Issues
The Board received an update on key areas, including:
- The status of a response to the CCWG regarding WS2, noting that it should be out soon.
- Overview on the evolving discussions regarding Stress Test 18, noting that the status is quickly changing both on the CCWG list as well as in conversation at the IGF in Brazil. The issue of the 2/3 vote of the Board to take action not consistent with GAC advice has been revived as a topic of discussion on this issue.
- Inspection rights and the need to develop a Board position on the late addition to the WS1 effort, as well the need to identify ways to enhance transparency around this area in response to the community requests.
- Full Board recall: the Board discussed the evolution of the community thresholds required to enact this power, in light of the clear indication that some ACs will not be participating in the community consensus process, and the need to track the emerging consensus thresholds for Board consideration.
No resolutions were considered or approved during the Informational Call.