[discuss] Fadi on accountability piece - linked with transition plan piece

Jordan Carter jordan at internetnz.net.nz
Thu Apr 24 18:59:36 UTC 2014

Fadi's just made an intervention at the start of the IANA panel where he
said that next week, ICANN would be launching the accountability part of
the discussion - the complementary piece to the IANA transition stuff.

He emphasised the close relationship that he sees between the two, and his
hope that these would conclude together.

He also said that he wishes both had been launched at the same time.

It seems to me - and I am speaking as an individual, this is not my
organisation's position - that if next week's release includes some kind of
document that explicitly relates the two pieces of work and shows how they
interact, and that ties the scope for each into an overall picture of what
will allow the transition plan to proceed, we would all be much better off
than we are today.

If issues of IANA separation options aren't on the table in the narrowly
scoped IANA transition piece, they certainly will be in the broader
accountability piece.

Speaking personally again, it would seem imperative that the accountability
stuff be sorted out *before* the NTIA contract ends and the transition
happens for the IANA functions.

It remains a mystery as to why ICANN has spent the past few weeks not being
clearer about this linkage. I think it would have helped the temper of the
discussion if they had been - and it wouldn't have been anything other than
a joining up exercise, based on the initial notions floated in Singapore.

If we can all be assured that a transition plan for the IANA functions is
dependent on community acceptance of the accountability improvements the
community develops, then I think that too will reduce the concerns of some,
myself included.

That would be a good thing, because if we want to get this sorted by Sept
2015 (which I certainly do), then wasting energy arguing about things
there's no need to argue about is best avoided.


...speaking as an individual.

Jordan Carter
Chief Executive, InternetNZ

+64 21 442 649 / jordan at internetnz.net.nz

Jordan Carter
Chief Executive, InternetNZ

+64-21-442-649 | jordan at internetnz.net.nz

Sent on the run, apologies for brevity
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