[CRISP-TEAM] Statement of principles by the RIRs?

Mwendwa Kivuva Kivuva at transworldafrica.com
Wed Jun 24 17:21:14 CEST 2015

Thanks John,

This can form a good response to the questions asked by the ICANN board on
RIR accountability.


Mwendwa Kivuva, Nairobi, Kenya

"There are some men who lift the age they inhabit, till all men walk on
higher ground in that lifetime." - Maxwell Anderson

On 21 June 2015 at 17:24, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:

> With respect to our us making assurances to the community (e.g.
> non-governmental involvement),
> I did this text a while back which may be of interest.  I have no idea who
> we represent it to...
> /John
> ===
> I.   The Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) hereby acknowledge receipt of
> "Principles for Operation of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
> Registries” [RFC 7500], as issued by the IAB in April 2015.
> II.  The RIRs, as coordinated via the NRO, hereby confirm that they
> represent the affected community for the Internet Numbers Registries [RFC
> 7249], as recognized by ICANN via the "ICANN / Address Supporting
> Organization Memorandum of Understanding" [ASO MOU] and as acknowledged by
> the IAB in RFC 7500.
> III. The RIRs commit that they will administer the Internet Numbers
> Registries [RFC 7249] in conformance to the Principles contained in RFC
> 7500, and specifically as noted below:
>         1) Uniqueness, Stability, and Predictability
>                 1a) The RIRs commit to the development of policies (both
> regional and global) that provide for uniqueness, stability, and
> predictability for Internet identifiers within the Internet Number
> Registries.
>                 1b) The RIRs commit to the provision of registry
> operations and procedures (both regional and global) that provide for
> uniqueness, stability, and predictability for Internet identifiers within
> the Internet Number Registries.
>         2) Public
>                 2a) The RIRs commit to the publication of the Internet
> Number Registries (both regional and global) in a public manner which is
> freely available to everyone.
>         3) Open and Transparent
>                 3a) The RIRs commit to policy development processes (both
> regional and global) that are open to all interested parties and operated
> in a transparent manner.
>                 3b) The RIRs represent that, per agreement between the
> RIRs and ICANN, the policy development for the global IANA number
> registries is coordinated by a community-elected number council and subject
> to process review before ratification by the ICANN Board of Trustees.
>                 3c) The RIRs commit to the provision of registry
> operations (both regional and global) that operate in an open and
> transparent manner to the extent possible and are subject to periodic
> performance review by interested parties in the community.
>         4) Accountable
>                 4a) The RIRs represent that they are member-based
> organizations, and they are accountable to the affected community by
> governance boards elected by the affected community.
>                 4b) The RIRs acknowledge that they are accountable to the
> global Internet community to provide trust and confidence in the
> administration of the Internet Number Registries, and therefore agree to
> cooperate with periodic independent reviews of their conformance to the
> Principles and to the public release of the independent review results.
> IV.  The RIRs acknowledge that: 1) per RFC 2860, the Internet Number
> Registries are a delegated portion of the Internet's global system of
> unique identifiers that is subject to oversight and coordination by ICANN;
> 2) that the IETF/IAB relies upon ICANN for recognition of appropriate
> representation of the community that is affected by the Internet Number
> Registries, and 3) that chronic evidence in the independent review results
> of systemic failure to administer the Internet Number Registries in
> conformance with the Principles may result in an ICANN recommendation to
> the IETF/IAB for ICANN to undertake a resolictation for representation of
> the affected community.
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