Last week the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it has asked ICANN to convene global stakeholders to develop a plan for transitioning the current role played by NTIA in coordination of shared Internet resources through the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).
In many ways, the U.S. Government has been preparing for--and the Internet community has been working towards--this moment since 1998, when ICANN was established and was awarded the first IANA contract. The US Government has played an important role in guaranteeing the security and stability of the Internet, and we believe the criteria set out by the NTIA for the transition plan provide an important framework for the work ahead:
+ Support and enhance the multistakeholder model
+ Maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS;
+ Meet the needs and expectation of the global customers and partners of the IANA services; and,
+ Maintain the openness of the Internet.
The Internet Society was recognized as one of the key Internet organizations by the NTIA statement. The Internet Society has consistently advocated for the US Government to complete the transition of its stewardship role to the global multistakeholder community. We have previously submitted comments to the NTIA, and recently joined with the leaders of other Internet organizations in the Montevideo statement calling for the globalization of the IANA functions.
The global Internet community now has an opportunity to further strengthen the multistakeholder model. We can ensure the continued evolution of the IANA functions and security of the Internet. And, we can establish a framework that is accountable, transparent, bottom-up, and sustainable over time.
We have much work ahead of us. It critical to the future of the global Internet, and important to get it right. The Internet Society is looking forward to working with ICANN and all other stakeholders, and to supporting our community's engagement in open and inclusive processes. We are committed to an Internet that remains managed by distributed collaboration. This collaboration has been key to its dynamic and resilient growth as a platform for innovation, communication, and economic development.
On Monday, 24 March 2014, ICANN has scheduled two sessions entitled "IANA Accountability Transition" and "ICANN Accountability". Both sessions will be audio streamed in a number of languages.
We have set up a dedicated email list for the Internet Society community, and invite you to subscribe.
We will look forward to your input and ideas, and will be working to actively engage you as developments and discussions progress.