[discuss] Fwd: ] Request for Comments:Enhancing ICANN Accountability

Michel Gauthier mg at telepresse.com
Tue May 6 23:39:06 UTC 2014

I looked through this document that ICANN had promized and delivered. 
It covers a broad spectrum on the issues.
The question I kept in my mind until the end is: why would I trust 
them?  The point is as for Europe: who is going to die for it?

Is there someone with a response I can live with? All my life is 
engaged with a proper survival of a stable and secure internet.


At 00:16 07/05/2014, Avri Doria wrote:

>-------- Original Message --------
>Subject:        [liaison6c] Request for Comments:Enhancing ICANN 
>Date:   Tue, 6 May 2014 14:45:54 -0700
>From:   Glen de Saint Géry <Glen at icann.org>
>To:     liaison6c <liaison6c at gnso.icann.org>
>   Enhancing ICANN Accountability
>Comment / Reply Periods (*)
>Comment Open Date: 6 May 2014
>Comment Close Date: 27 May 2014 - 23:59 UTC
>Reply Open Date: 28 May 2014
>Reply Close Date: 18 June 2014 - 23:59 UTC
>Important Information Links
>Public Comment Announcement
>To Submit Your Comments (Forum)
><mailto:comments-enhancing-accountability-06may14 at icann.org>
>View Comments Submitted
>Brief Overview
>Originating Organization:
>   * Transparency/Accountability
>Purpose (Brief):
>As announced at ICANN's March 2014 Public Meeting in Singapore, ICANN is
>initiating a discussion on Enhancing ICANN Accountability. This
>discussion will look at how ICANN remains accountable in the absence of
>its historical contractual relationship to the U.S. Government and the
>perceived backstop with regard to ICANN's organization-wide
>accountability provided by that role. While related to the ongoing
>discussions around the IANA Stewardship Transition, this is a separate
>process, though the output of this process is expected to be completed
>on the same timeframe as the stewardship transition work.
>Current Status:
>ICANN is initiating the community discussion on enhancement of ICANN's
>accountability through the posting of a background document and
>questions for input.
>Next Steps:
>The responses received will be compiled and analyzed. Prior to ICANN's
>June 2014 Public Meeting in London, ICANN's Supporting Organizations and
>Advisory Committees will be requested to start identifying Working Group
>participants, so that the work can start in earnest at ICANN 50 after
>community input is received.
>Staff Contact:
>Theresa Swinehart, Senior Advisor to the President on Strategy
>Email Staff Contact
><mailto:theresa.swinehart at icann.org?subject=More%20information%20on%20the%20Enhancing%20ICANN%20Accountability%20public%20comment%20period>
>Detailed Information
>Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose:
>On March 14, 2014, the US National Telecommunications and Information
>Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition its stewardship
>over key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder
>community. NTIA asked ICANN, as the IANA functions contractor and the
>global coordinator for the DNS, to convene a multistakeholder process to
>develop a proposal for the transition.
>During discussions around the IANA stewardship transition, the community
>has also raised the broader topic of the impact of the transition on
>ICANN accountability. While the community develops a proposal for the
>transition of NTIA's stewardship role, it is important that the
>community also address the separate ­ but interdependent and
>interrelated ­ issue of ICANN's accountability. As a result, ICANN is
>launching a separate process, the scope of which is to look at ICANN
>remaining accountable in the absence of its historical contractual
>relationship to the U.S. Government and the perceived backstop with
>regard to ICANN's organization-wide accountability provided by that
>role, such as the renewal process of the IANA Functions Contract. This
>second process will examine from an organizational perspective how
>ICANN's broader accountability mechanisms should be strengthened to
>address the absence of its historical contractual relationship to the
>U.S. Government. This includes looking at strengthening existing
>accountability mechanisms like the Affirmation of Commitments
>This process is additive, not a duplication of any of the reviews called
>for under the Affirmation of Commitments.
>This Accountability Process is envisioned to be coordinated by the ICANN
>Accountability Working Group, comprised of community members as well
>subject-matter experts in a range of areas, including:
>   * Internet Technical Operations
>   * International Organizational Reviews
>   * Global Accountability Tools and Metrics
>   * Jurisprudence / Accountability Mechanism
>   * Internet Consumer Protection
>   * Economics (Marketplace and Competition)
>   * Global Ethics Frameworks
>   * Operational, Finance and Process
>   * Board Governance
>   * Transparency
>   * Risk Management
>The Enhancing ICANN Accountability
>sets out the detail of the proposed terms of reference for the process
>as well as setting forth questions designed to provide input to the
>ICANN Accountability Working Group. For ease of reference, the questions
>posed are:
>   * What issues does the community identify as being core to
>     strengthening ICANN's overall accountability in the absence of its
>     historical contractual relationship to the U.S. Government?
>   * What should be the guiding principles to ensure that the notion of
>     accountability is understood and accepted globally? What are the
>     consequences if the ICANN Board is not being accountable to the
>     community? Is there anything that should be added to the Working
>     Group's mandate?
>   * Do the Affirmation of Commitments and the values expressed therein
>     need to evolve to support global acceptance of ICANN's
>     accountability and so, how?
>   * What are the means by which the Community is assured that ICANN is
>     meeting its accountability commitments?
>   * Are there other mechanisms that would better ensure that ICANN lives
>     up to its commitments?
>   * What additional comments would you like to share that could be of
>     use to the ICANN Accountability Working Group?
>As the public comment period is underway, ICANN will be reaching out to
>the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees regarding the
>identification of Working Group members. ICANN anticipates that the
>Working Group will commence its work, including consideration of
>community input, during ICANN 50 in June 2014. It's expected that
>sub-working groups on specialized subject areas will be useful and open
>to all.
>Section II: Background:
>The Enhancing ICANN Accountability
>sets forth detail on the community consultation that led to the creation
>of this ICANN Accountability Process, as well as an inventory of ICANN's
>current accountability efforts.
>Section III: Document and Resource Links:
>Community input is sought on the Enhancing ICANN Accountability proposal.
>Further background on the IANA Stewardship Transition is available at
>Section IV: Additional Information:
>(*) Comments submitted after the posted Close Date/Time are not
>guaranteed to be considered in any final summary, analysis, reporting,
>or decision-making that takes place once this period lapses.
>Glen de Saint Géry
>GNSO Secretariat
>gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org
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