[discuss] NTIA role

S Moonesamy sm+1net at elandsys.com
Wed Mar 26 17:50:49 UTC 2014

Hi Dominique,
At 08:35 26-03-2014, Dominique Lacroix wrote:
>Unless you suggest that the NTIA's role was only a symbolic one about
>trust building?
>I don't think so.
>I think there are at least physical controls in the ICANN premises and
>several reviews per year.

I would not describe the NTIA role as symbolic.  There is likely some 
trust building, reviews of the decisions that are taken, and 
reporting.  The NTIA also has the ability to set the requirements [1].

S. Moonesamy

1. "In anticipation of the impending expiration of the IANA functions 
contract, National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA), via two public notices in February and June 2011, consulted 
on how best to enhance the performance of the IANA
functions. Based on the input received from stakeholders around the 
world, NTIA added new requirements to the IANA functions' statement 
of work, including the need for structural separation of policymaking 
from implementation, a robust companywide conflict of interest 
policy, provisions reflecting heightened respect for local country 
laws, and a series of consultation and reporting requirements to 
increase transparency and accountability to the international community." 

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