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Report on Board Informational Call on IANA Stewardship Transition

The Board held an Informational Call on the IANA Stewardship Transition in Hong Kong on 13 December 2015 at 0700 UTC.

Board Directors present for all or part of the meeting:

Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Cherine Chalaby (Vice Chair), Fadi Chehadé (President and CEO), Steve Crocker (Chair), Chris Disspain, Asha Hemrajani, Lito Ibarra, Markus Kummer, Lousewies van der Laan, Bruno Lanvin, Erika Mann, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, 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:

Grace Abuhamad, Akram Atallah, Xavier Calvez, Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, David Conrad, Teresa Elias, Samantha Eisner, Tarek Kamel, Melissa King, Vinciane Koenigsfeld, Allen Grogan, Theresa Swinehart.

  1. Preparation for Call with CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs

    The Board spent the first hour of their meeting preparing for a call with the CCWG-Accountability co-Chairs which followed immediately after. On the call with the co-Chairs, the Board outlined its concerns with the CCWG-Accountability Third Draft Proposal and provided an overview of the comments that the Board planned to submit.

  2. Finalization of Comments on the Third Draft Proposal

    Following the call with the CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs, the Board proceeded to do a final review the CCWG-Accountability's Third Draft Proposal, recommendation by recommendation, and finalized its comments on each of these recommendations. The Board made reference to its 16 October 2014 resolution as a basis for consideration of the CCWG-Accountability Final Proposal, noting that, where the specifics of a recommendation may not meet the public interest, it would be subject to further review. The areas of concern were the same as outlined for the CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs earlier: inspection rights, IANA Budget, Mission statement, human rights, and Work Stream 2.

  3. Review of Cover Letter

    The Board reviewed a cover letter with a high-level summary of the Board's position to accompany the Board's comments on the Third Draft Proposal. It was agreed that the Chairman should sign the letter and deliver the comments.

No resolutions were considered or approved during the Informational Call.

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