[NRO-IANAXFER] Public Consultation and Webinars Announced: "CWG On Naming Related Functions Public Consultation on Draft Transition Proposal"

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Tue Dec 2 02:28:01 CET 2014

Internet Numbers Community -

Note that the CWG On Naming Related Functions has called for "Public Consultation on
on Draft Transition Proposal” and this contains several questions that may be relevant to
the Internet numbers community, including -

 - Input on possible modifications to the Independent Review of Board Actions (section 3.3 of this document) – This arrangement is independent of the NTIA functions and can continue without NTIA involvement in IANA Functions. The independent review of Board actions is applicable to all ICANN Board actions which include non-DNS decisions and as such may be beyond the scope of this CWG's charter. However, in the absence of NTIA oversight and accountability, the CWG is considering whether this review should be binding with regard to delegation/redelegation decisions, and possibly with regard to other decisions directly affecting IANA or the IANA Functions. The CWG will propose arrangements to ensure that all of the IANA Functions Operator's actions related to TLDs are subject to a similar process.
 - Who should have standing with the independent Appeals Panel? (section of this document) – The CWG recommends that all decisions and actions (including deliberate inaction) of the IANA Functions Operator that affect the Root Zone or Root Zone WHOIS database be subject to an independent and binding appeals panel. The Appeals Mechanism should also cover any policy implementation actions that affect the execution of changes to the Root Zone File or Root Zone WHOIS and how relevant policies are applied. Where disputes arise as to the implementation of "IANArelated policies."
- Key contracting provisions – the end of Section 3 refers the reader to Annex 5, which presents key provisions which would be required to be in the first contract between ICANN and the new contacting entity "Contract Co.". A number of these provisions come from the current NTIA IANA Functions Contract and are proposed to be retained in the new contract, either in original or modified form. Several of these provisions include options or questions on which the CWG would also appreciate receiving input.
Input on a specific (ICANN) alternative solution
The CWG is also seeking input on a specific alternative option, which has been raised within the CWG, which envisages all NTIA responsibilities being transferred to ICANN. This option would require an increase in ICANN accountability to its constituent communities and require the adoption of binding arbitration mechanisms (such recommendations may be beyond the scope of the CWG and probably rest with the CCWG on ICANN Accountability or other groups). Note that this integrated option would impact the future ease or ability to tender for another IANAFunctions Operator (other than ICANN). However, to ensure there has been a proper consideration of this option, the CWG, would appreciate input from the community regarding support, or not, for this concept.

Attached is the announcement on the CWG on Naming Related Functions Public Consultation on
the Draft Transition Proposal, including Webinar arrangements in the next 3 days for that purpose.


John Curran
President and CEO

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From: Grace Abuhamad <grace.abuhamad at icann.org<mailto:grace.abuhamad at icann.org>>
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Date: December 2, 2014 at 5:07:35 AM GMT+4
Subject: [ianatransition] Webinars Announced: CWG On Naming Related Functions Public Consultation on Draft Transition Proposal

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WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On Naming Related Functions Public Consultation on Draft Transition Proposal

Following the request of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) forICANN to "convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role" with regard to the IANA Functions and related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG) was tasked with developing a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the Domain Name System (DNS). The CWG has now published its draft transition proposal for public comment<https://www.icann.org/public-comments/cwg-naming-transition-2014-12-01-en>. Comments can be submitted until 22 December at 23:59 UTC.

In order to brief the community on the contents on this draft transition proposal and encourage community feedback, the CWG will be organizing three identical webinars at different times to facilitate participation across time zones. The webinars will take place on:

  *   3 December from 7:00 – 8:30 UTC (time zone converter here<http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=CWG-Stewardship+Webinar&iso=20141203T07&p1=1440&ah=1&am=30>)
  *   4 December from 12:30 – 14:00 UTC (time zone converter here<http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=CWG-Stewardship+Webinar&iso=20141204T1230&p1=1440&ah=1&am=30>)
  *   4 December from 16:00 – 17:30 UTC (time zone converter here<http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=CWG-Stewardship+Webinar&iso=20141204T16&p1=1440&ah=1&am=30>)


Webinar Details & How to Attend

The webinars will be run in an Adobe Connect room<https://icann.adobeconnect.com/cwgiana/>. If you are interested in attending the webinar and would like to receive dial-in details, please send an email to grace.abuhamad at icann.org<mailto:grace.abuhamad at icann.org> and indicate which day / time you would like to attend the webinar. Please note that the webinar will be conducted in English and will be recorded and transcribed. Subsequently the transcripts will be translated in the 5 UN languages and posted on the CWG Wiki here<https://community.icann.org/x/SIEHAw>.


The Draft Transition Proposal

The CWG structured its draft transition proposal based on the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) Request for Proposals. These are:

1       Description of Community's Use of IANA Functions
2A      Existing, Pre-Transition Arrangements – Policy Sources
2B      Existing, Pre-Transition Arrangements – Oversight and Accountability
3       Proposed Post-Transition Oversight and Accountability Arrangements
4       Transition Implications
5       NTIA Requirements
6       Community Process

Sections 1, 2A and 2B describe the current situation.

Section 3, which is the heart of the transition proposal, is still a work in progress as not all details have been ironed out as of the publication of this consultation. Although lacking some details, the information provided in this section should be sufficiently detailed to allow the communities to comment on all key components. In summary, section 3 proposes the creation of 4 new entities to replace the current NTIAarrangements. These are:

  1.  Contract Co. – This primary function of this entity (likely a non-profit corporation) is to be signatory to the contract with the IANA Functions Operator. This entity should be lightweight and have little or no staff.
  2.  Multistakeholder Review Team (MRT) – The MRT would be a multi-stakeholder body with formally selected representatives from all of the relevant communities (exact composition TBD). The operation of the MRT would be based on the concept of maximum public transparency. The responsibilities of the MRT will include:
     *   Developing the detailed contract terms for the agreement between Contract Co. and theIANA Functions Operator, based on the key contract terms proposed as part of this proposal and set forth as Annex 3
     *   Making key decisions for Contract Co. (e.g., whether or not to enter into a rebidding (RFP) process for the operation of the IANA Naming Functions)
     *   Conducting the IANA Functions Operator Budget Review
     *   Addressing any escalation issues raised by the Customer Standing Committee (CSC) including the possibility of engaging in enforcement
     *   Performing certain elements of administration (including periodic performance reviews) currently set forth in the IANA Functions Contract and currently being carried out by theNTIA
     *   Managing a re-contracting or rebidding (RFP) process for the operation of the IANAFunctions, both as an enforcement option and as part of a regular rebidding procedure
The CWG is in the process of discussing whether there is an additional enforcement role for the MRT related to policy implementation by the IANA Functions Operator; specifically, whether the MRT should be able to commence a proceeding before the Independent Appeals Panel.
  3.  Customer Standing Committee (CSC) – While the exact composition is still to be determined, the CSC would primarily be made up of a number of representatives of registry operators, including ccTLD and gTLD registries. Input from the CSC would feed into and inform the work of the MRT. It is possible that the CSC would also include additional individuals with relevant expertise and/or liaisons (or representatives) from other SO/ACs. The CSC would:
     *   Work with the MRT to establish Service Levels and Performance Indicators for the performance of the IANA Naming Functions
     *   Receive reports from the IANA Functions Operator including regular performance reports.
     *   Review these reports against established service levels and escalate any significant issues to the MRT
  4.  Independent Appeals Panel (IAP) – The CWG recommends that all IANA actions which affect the Root Zone or Root Zone WHOIS database be subject to an independent and binding appeals panel. The Appeals Mechanism should also cover any policy implementation actions that affect the execution of changes to the Root Zone File or Root Zone WHOIS and how relevant policies are applied. This need not be a permanent body, but rather could be handled the same way as commercial disputes are often resolved, through the use of a binding arbitration process using an independent arbitration organization (e.g., ICDR, ICC, AAA) or a standing list of qualified people under rules promulgated by such an organization.

Sections 4, 5 and 6 are currently in development and are directly dependent on the final choices that will be made for section 3.

For further details, you are encouraged the review the draft transition proposal in its entirety, availablehere<https://community.icann.org/x/SoEHAw>.


Further information

For further information about the CWG's work, please see https://community.icann.org/x/37fhAg.

For further information about the ICG and the IANA Stewardship Transition, please seehttps://www.icann.org/stewardship.

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