The RIR accountability-assessment process originated in part in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s March 14, 2014 call to transition the stewardship of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority from the control of the U.S. government to the international Internet community, as represented by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. As a key element of that transition, NTIA required that ICANN propose a governance model that would, among other things, “support and enhance the multistakeholder model,” that is, include the meaningful participation of ICANN’s many constituencies.
The RIRs, in light of their role on behalf of the numbers community, felt the need to carry out a process similar to that that ICANN was undertaking. Accordingly, the RIRs have each completed a review of their governance policies and procedures with a special focus on assessing the viability of their multi-stakeholder governance and policymaking—or, viewed negatively, their “risk of capture,” that is, whether one constituency could gain unwarranted control over an RIR’s governance and policymaking. Each RIR retained independent legal counsel (or other expert advisers) to conduct the assessment. The assessments began with the completion of a data-collection questionnaire, prepared by ARIN and Caplin & Drysdale, that queried each RIR in 13 areas of concern, including the nature of the organization’s governing documents, the election and removal of the governing body, the rights of the members in governance and otherwise, which regulatory bodies (and voluntary associations) have jurisdiction over the organization, and what financial-disclosure and -oversight and ethics policies the organization had adopted. Using the data collected, each counsel prepared a confidential report to the governing board of its RIR detailing the organization’s governance procedures, determining how responsive those procedures are to each organization’s constituents, and assessing the probability that any one constituency could gain improper control over the RIR as a whole or of any of its prominent functions. In response to the detailed reports from counsel, each RIR’s governing body prepared a summary report, presenting the general assessment of the RIR’s accountability and highlighting areas for improvement. Those summary reports are presented here as received from each RIR.
In conclusion, each RIR committed to reviewing the suggestions for improvement and continuing the governance-assessment process on a regular basis.
Additionally, you can have access to the cover letter and the above RIR summaries collected by Caplin & Drysdale in this pdf document.