[discuss] Transparency and Accountability vis-à-vis ICANN and the IANA functions
roland at internetpolicyagency.com
Fri Mar 28 14:47:34 UTC 2014
Transparency is about conducting your affairs in a way that everyone has
sufficient visibility of your gaols, your process, and your deliverable.
It doesn't mean that everyone will agree with the goals and
deliverables, but it must be possible to "observe" them. Typical
examples are publishing all documents [including agendas and time/place
of meeting] sufficiently ahead of time, allowing physical observers in
the room and if possible webcasting, publishing at the very least
minutes of the meeting (if not an archived webcast), and publishing the
deliverables in a timely fashion.
Accountability is being able to explain *why* the process delivered the
results it did, and in particular being able if necessary to give
plausible explanations regarding wayward deliverables, versus the
initial terms of reference and contrary inputs.
Ultimately, if the process continues to produce deliverables
inexplicably at odds with the terms of reference and the weight of
community opinion, there needs to be a plausible means for the community
to replace the wayward decision makers, or modify the process
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