[discuss] [IANAtransition] A Summary of IANA Oversight Transition Tasks and Issues

Brenden Kuerbis bnkuerbi at syr.edu
Tue Apr 1 14:48:50 UTC 2014

On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:34 PM, Shatan, Gregory S.
<GShatan at reedsmith.com>wrote:


> Beyond that are the more inventive re-imaginings of IANA functions and
> oversight, such as removing IANA itself from ICANN and making it a
> stand-alone body (e.g., the "DNSA" proposal), which could make
> ICANN-without-IANA the overseer of this new IANA-without-ICANN, and other
> ideas that the NTIA would probably find "out of scope."

Two clarifications, just to set the record straight.

First, "overseer" can be interpreted too broadly. The IGP proposal does not
suggest a principal-agent relationship between the DNSA and ICANN. The DNSA
would be contractually bound to implement changes that followed ICANN's
defined policy making process.  If ICANN did not follow its defined
process, then the DNSA would have a grievance. In this manner, the DNSA
watches but does not direct ICANN.

Second, the NTIA has never said nor intimated that structural separation
would be "out of scope".  In fact, in an open discussion with the NCUC at
Singapore, Asst Sec Strickling plainly stated that the benefits and costs
of structural separation is "a debate...the community should have." [1]


Brenden Kuerbis
Postdoctoral Researcher, iSchool, Syracuse University
Internet Governance Project ||


>  Beyond even that are the wholly unrelated, "let's change what we don't
> like about ICANN," "let's remake some or all of ICANN" and "let's blow up
> ICANN and start again" ideas.  All great fodder for IG-theorizing and even
> future activity, but not when we have such a significant project as that
> outlined above already on our hands.
> A similar exercise could be done for the transition of the Affirmation of
> Commitments from a US-ICANN document to a multiparty document (which might
> itself change significantly or be replaced).
> Greg Shatan
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