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

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Fri Sep 5 06:55:42 UTC 2014

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Curran [mailto:jcurran at istaff.org]
> Given that the IANA has been performing its tasks correctly, moving it will not
> meaningfully change the present situation or outcomes.

John, please engage in the argument seriously and don't feed us I* propaganda. 

IANA has been performing its tasks UNDER CONTRACT TO THE USG/NTIA. The contract terms are defined by NTIA and performance is assured by the oversight of the NTIA. 

But NTIA is about to go away. 

In short, you cannot infer anything from the status quo, because the status quo will - at its own request - cease to exist on September 15, 2015. To leave IANA in ICANN without the NTIA is not the status quo, it is a radically different system. Thus no performance standard that occurred under the old system can be projected into the future unless there are new oversight arrangements comparable to NTIA. 

Structural separation is one proposed way of responding to that absence.

This would be what, the 3rd or 4th time we gone round this circle? Are you just counting on the people on this list not remembering that? 

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