[discuss] Roadmap for globalizing IANA (clarification needed)

John Curran jcurran at istaff.org
Fri Mar 7 13:32:05 UTC 2014

On Mar 7, 2014, at 7:22 AM, Vinay Kesari <vinay.kesari at gmail.com> wrote:

> Assume this scenario (which might be a bit simplistic, but isn't implausible):
> The DNSA is set up in 2015 along the lines proposed, and ICANN and DNSA negotiate a 5 year agreement containing fairly standard, commercially acceptable terms. There are no disputes between the contracting parties during the term of the contract. However, between 2015 and 2019 global geopolitics results in certain countries effectively walking away from ICANN (and all other I* organisations) and setting up a 'competing' policy making body organised along multilateral lines (let's call it 'NewCo', shall we? :)). It is now 2019, and DNSA issues an RFP - it receives responses from ICANN and NewCo. DNSA now needs to make a decision on who to award the contract to.
> How would you see this scenario playing out, in process terms? What kind of selection procedure would DNSA use, considering that most objective criteria would automatically favour ICANN since it is the incumbent?

Vinay - 

   For clarity, do the countries that are "effectively walking away from ICANN (and 
   all other I* organisations)" also desire connectivity with those that are presently
   following the I* organizations (i.e. a single Internet only with NewCo now performing 
   DNS policy development)?   Or do they seek a distinctly separate 'internet' just for 
   those who wish to now follow NewCo for DNS policy development?


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