[discuss] [IANAxfer] Two accountability questions - help pls- Workshop 23 - ICANN accountability

Patrik Fältström paf at frobbit.se
Mon Sep 1 06:06:48 UTC 2014

On 31 aug 2014, at 21:16, Miles Fidelman <mfidelman at meetinghouse.net> wrote:

> As things stand now, IANA is NOT an organization that can be held accountable for anything: IANA is a set of functions, that are performed by the "IANA operator," currently ICANN, which CAN be held accountable to contracts and/or law.

Let me quote SAC-067:

> The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is a traditional name used “to refer to the technical team making and publishing assignments of Internet protocol technical parameters.” This technical team performs a set of tasks that involve the administration or coordination of many of the identifiers that allow the global Internet to operate. These tasks are currently performed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under a set of agreements including:
> 1)  a contract with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce;
> 2)  a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF);
> 3)  an MoU with the Regional Internet Registries;
> 4)  agreements with some root server operators;
> 5)  contracts, MoUs, and other agreements with country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) administrators; and
> 6)  a number of contracts with generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) administrators.


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