[discuss] Roadmap for globalizing IANA

joseph alhadeff joseph.alhadeff at oracle.com
Tue Mar 4 14:54:52 UTC 2014

While I am not as well versed in these issues and their history of some 
of the more frequent commentators, it would seem that accountability is 
often benefited by and predicated on a separation of duties in 
oversight.  The new organization seems to rely on self-interested 
parties having an alignment of interest with the public good as opposed 
to the more traditional concept of separation of duties/interest in 
oversight.  Am I missing the checks and balances?


WOn 3/3/2014 9:43 PM, Milton L Mueller wrote:
> Nii, thanks for your questions. Most of them are actually answered in 
> the paper itself, but I will answer your questions directly.
> >Why is removing USG not mean just that? End of contract
> First, it would be the end of 2 contracts, not one. ICANN and 
> Verisign. You cannot just end the IANA functions contract.
> Second, both contracts contain serious accountability measures. 
> However wrongly conceived the idea of unilateral U.S. oversight is, 
> how do we ensure that the root zone is managed properly and what is 
> the recourse if the root zone managers are either negligent, 
> incompetent or corrupt? What do you replace the IANA contract with?
> The reason for a DNSA is that registries have the strongest incentive 
> to get root zone management right. It is their data that the root zone 
> contains. To ensure impartial administration we create a 
> nondiscriminatory right to own DNSA to all registries?
> >What problem is being solved by combining functions from other 
> organizations to
> >create another entity dnsa?
> As noted above: 1) accountability problem; 2) incentives problem. To 
> which we can add: not letting ICANN get too powerful.
> >The proposed Dnsa is potentially a consortium of 1000+ registries and 
> how would this work.
> Not that many companies involved. More like a few hundred; lots of 
> companies have multiple TLDs. Ownership shares might be based on some 
> metric of size, such as names under registration, etc.
> How does GNSO work? How does ccNSO work? How did Intelsat work? 
> (consortium of ~200 national telecom operators). How did Nominet work? 
> (shared ownership by many registrars) How does IEEE work? (hundreds of 
> thousands of members).
> >Is this different from creating another ICANN
> Very different. ICANN is for making policy. It involves representation 
> of diverse stakeholders and a complicated process for developing 
> consensus on policy and approval by the board. DNSA is for operations. 
> Most people I have talked to agree that we need to keep those things 
> separate. So, we separate them
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