[discuss] NTIA role

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Thu Mar 27 21:55:54 UTC 2014

The ICANN document you cite is actually inaccurate in a critical way. It presents the GNSO as a separate policy making organization comparable to the RIRs or the IETF. But the GNSO is a part of ICANN; funded by ICANN, supported by its staff, often overridden by GAC and Board. 

A much better diagram is the one developed by InternetNZ and featured in a recent IGP blog post: 

this shows clearly the distinctions between policy development functions, operational functions, oversight, etc. 

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at 1net.org [mailto:discuss-bounces at 1net.org] On Behalf Of Dominique Lacroix
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7:46 AM
To: discuss at 1net.org List
Subject: Re: [discuss] NTIA role

I think it's very important to know and understand the current organization before discussing a transition to a new one.
At the moment, I saw only a simple table and a list of principles in pages 13 & 14 of the very well done document entitled "IANA Accountability presentation" presented at Singapore.

USG, supposed to be replaced, is only described by 4 occurences of the three letters "USG" in one accountability column.
I suggest we need more.

Please, some responses to the hereunder question?

@+, cheers, Dominique

Le 19/03/14 20:43, Dominique Lacroix a écrit :
> Hi,
> "/current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet's 
> domain name system (DNS). NTIA's responsibility includes the 
> procedural role of administering changes to the authoritative root 
> zone file -- the database containing the lists of names and addresses 
> of all top-level domains -- as well as serving as the historic steward 
> of the DNS. NTIA currently contracts with ICANN to carry out the 
> Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions and has a 
> Cooperative Agreement with Verisign under which it performs related root zone management functions./"
> Extract from NTIA statement
> As some remarked the statement was sometimes followed by fuzzy 
> comments and wonderful sandcastles, is there any online document 
> explaining precisely:
> - the role played by NTIA in general terms,
> - the concrete operations it includes?
> The contracts describe precisely Icann and Verisign parts. But what 
> about the other side?
> Sorry if it was already posted.
> @+, cheers, Dominique

discuss mailing list
discuss at 1net.org

More information about the discuss mailing list