[discuss] Thoughts welcome on proposed Netmundial submission

John Curran jcurran at istaff.org
Fri Feb 28 05:00:05 UTC 2014

On Feb 27, 2014, at 7:32 PM, Ian Peter <ian.peter at ianpeter.com> wrote:

Ian -

   Very nice writeup...  I have just a couple of comments, which you may use or 
   discard as desired.

>  This roadmap suggests that the IANA functions, though necessary processes in the secure and authoritative functioning of the Internet, no longer need a separate entity and would more productively merged with similar functions under the auspices of ICANN.
It is an interesting formulation of the problem statement...   At present, I would describe 
the IANA functions as "a set of tasks" rather than an "entity", and hence would instead
phrase the purpose of a roadmap as:

"This roadmap suggests that the IANA functions (which are necessary for the secure 
and proper functioning of the Internet) that are currently administered by ICANN per
USG contract should remain at ICANN and be performed instead under its auspices 
via the strengthening of accountability mechanisms to meet the global public interest."

> Subject of course to many concerns about details, this direction appears to have widespread support from governments, civil society, technical community, and private sector.
>  In order to achieve this desired change efficiently and productively, the following roadmap is proposed.
> 1.       ICANN should be requested to prepare a proposal for management of the previous IANA functions within the ICANN multistakeholder model, bearing in mind the following criteria:
> (a) protection of the root zone from political or other improper interference;

The above criteria confuses me - are we referring to ICANN's DNS policy development role, 
or performance of the IANA functions?   The latter are technical tasks in registry administration
and the most important criteria would be that ICANN continue to implement all IANA registry 
functions in accordance with the respective policies (I guess one could further elaborate to 
point out that operating per respective policies means free from political or other interference,
but that really is secondary to making sure that the IANA follows IETF protocol, RIR IP, and 
ICANN DNS policies, both presently adopted and as revised in the future.)

That's it - thanks again for sending this!

Disclaimer:  My views alone.

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