[CRISP-TEAM] Reasons why we should not fall much further behind.

Paul Rendek rendek at ripe.net
Wed Oct 21 18:44:49 CEST 2015



On 10/21/15 5:27 PM, Craig Ng wrote:
> Thanks Nurani - I think it is a good idea to engage a wider group to
> discuss this.
> Cheers
> Craig
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> On 21/10/2015, 4:33 PM, "crisp-bounces at nro.net on behalf of Nurani
> Nimpuno" <crisp-bounces at nro.net on behalf of nurani at netnod.se> wrote:
>> Thanks for this perspective Bill. Very interesting indeed!
>> Izumi and I would like to consult a little bit wider to make sure that we
>> all have the same facts on the table before we proceed in any direction.
>> Let¹s try to find a time to chat during the break!
>> Nurani
>>> On 21 okt 2015, at 14:17, Bill Woodcock <woody at pch.net> wrote:
>>> In June and July, when it became apparent that the ICG was going to
>>> miss their deadline to advance the transition proposal to NTIA in time
>>> for NTIA to bring it to conclusion by the September 30 deadline, I
>>> concluded that, due to domestic political considerations within the
>>> United States, it would be very difficult for the current transition
>>> process to complete before the current administration begins to wind
>>> down.  The new administration that takes office in 2017 will need time
>>> to settle in, and will have its own campaign promises to make good on
>>> which will occupy at least its first eighteen months.  That means that,
>>> sometime in the latter half of 2018, we¹d need to begin the transition
>>> process over again, and convince two groups of people to allow it to
>>> proceed: those who¹ve never heard of us before, and those who remember
>>> that we failed three years before.  In any event, the second time will
>>> be more difficult than the first, and this time has not (yet) been
>>> successful.
>>> There are a number of factors at play here:
>>> - The domestic electoral politics of the Congress, whereby they need to
>>> make mundane things like this controversial in order to excite their
>>> voters and gain reelection.
>>> - The spending prohibition rider placed on the last budget, which
>>> precluded NTIA from acting to conclude their ICANN contract.
>>> - The as-yet-un-passed DOTCOM Act, which provided a mechanism by which
>>> NTIA could conclude the ICANN contract, albeit under more active
>>> oversight of Congress.
>>> - The fact that Congress¹ attention and willingness to provides such
>>> active oversight will be significantly diminished during the electoral
>>> period next year.
>>> - The fact that the appointees who are necessary to take action, like
>>> Larry Strickling, are scarcer and scarcer as the current administration
>>> winds to a close.
>>> My conclusion is that we have one last opportunity, but it requires
>>> immediate action if we¹re to have any chance of success.  I believe that
>>> we need to publicly tell the ICG that our community is ready for the ICG
>>> to advance our proposal to the NTIA now, before the factors above
>>> conspire to render all of our work thus far irrelevant.  If we fail to
>>> do so, we¹ll be starting over from scratch in 2018, and facing a much
>>> more difficult challenge than we had this time.  And in the intervening
>>> three or four years, the Internet governance community will be unable to
>>> demonstrate that the multistakeholder process is real and unopposed by
>>> the USG and ICANN.
>>> If, on the other hand, the Numbers (and Protocols) proposals are
>>> advanced and implemented, we can demonstrate a success on the part of
>>> the multistakeholder community and we demonstrate that the USG and ICANN
>>> do in fact support the multistakeholder process and its outcomes.  Not
>>> only do we take responsibility for our own relationship with the IANA,
>>> we advance the cause of multistakeholder Internet governance
>>> significantly.
>>> So, I ask that we give this one last shot, and try to get the ICG to
>>> advance our proposal before it becomes irrelevant, as it will surely do
>>> if we continue waiting for the CWG and CCWG, who have difficult problems
>>> still to resolve.
>>>                                -Bill
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