07 June 2014

ICANN publishes NTIA IANA Functions Transition Process and Next Steps

Graphic of NTIA IANA functions transition Coordination Group Composition
NTIA IANA functions transition Coordination Group Composition (click to enlarge)

ICANN has published a Process to Develop the Proposal and Next Steps that is "the culmination of a series of community discussions and input into the process to develop a proposal to transition the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community," see ICANN's NTIA IANA Functions' Stewardship transition for more information. According to ICANN: "the document reflects the multitude of views expressed in different fora and establishes the creation of a Coordination Group [formerly the proposed "Steering Group"--see graphic above] and its composition" and calls on the respective community members represented in the Coordinating Group to launch their internal processes to select their representative members no later than July 2, 2014 -- see further below for selected excerpts from the ICANN document:

To ensure full transparency, the (IANA Transition) Coordination Group will hold open meetings accessible to all global stakeholders; relevant transcripts and recordings will be posted on the website.

The Coordination Group will be responsible for preparing a transition proposal respective of the differing needs of the various affected parties of the IANA functions. It should be responsible for assembling the components from the respective communities into a single proposal meeting the criteria set out by NTIA. Namely, it must have broad community support and address the following four principles:
  • Support and enhance the multistakeholder model;
  • Maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS;
  • Meet the needs and expectation of the global customers and partners of the IANA services; and,
  • Maintain the openness of the Internet.
NTIA will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTIA role with a government-led or an inter-governmental organization solution.

Once a proposal is developed, ICANN will review the proposal to ensure it is in compliance with the defined framework and criteria and determine: 1) adherence to the NTIA principles and 2) conformity with the principles outlined by the community input. The responsibility for consideration and acceptance (as appropriate) of the proposal is solely vested in NTIA. ICANN's assessment of whether or not the process met the above mentioned requirements will be communicated with the proposal. (source ICANN)

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