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ICANN Accountability improvement proposal

Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 12:37

The Cross-Community Working Group on ICANN Accountability has produced its first Draft Report for Public Comment.

The CCWG-Accountability Draft Report for Public Comment sets out the minimum set of accountability improvements it believes are an essential precondition for IANA transition: the steps that must be guaranteed before the US government steps back from oversight of ICANN and its historic role in stewardship of the DNS.

When the U.S. government announced that it intended to withdraw from its traditional stewardship role over the DNS and oversight of ICANN and the IANA functions ICANN carries out, the Internet community decided that improving ICANN’s accountability had become urgent. ICANN began two streams of work: the Community Working Group on Stewardship (CWG-Stewardship) to produce a transition proposal for the DNS-related IANA functions, and the Cross-Community Working Group on ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability), to produce proposals to improve its own accountability in the longer term. The community immediately decided to split the accountability work in two: while there were undoubtedly a large number of improvements that should be made in the longer term, the community insisted that a core set of improvements needed to be made as a necessary precondition for any change in the role of the US government. This latter, “Workstream 1”, therefore lies on the critical path for IANA transition, which is intended to take place in September 2015.

The first public comment period closes 3rd June. The full Draft Report is also accompanied by a summary.

ICANN will be running two 90-minute online briefing seminars with Adobe Connect on 11th May, starting at 11:00 UTC and again at 19:00 UTC. To book participation please e-mail

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