Internet Industry Files Comment in ICANN Transition
Slater: “The checks and balances outlined in the Draft Proposal are a step in the right direction, but work must continue to clarify and refine the rules and controls before a handover occurs.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Internet Association weighed in on the transition of key Internet domain name functions from U.S. Government stewardship to the global Internet multi-stakeholder community. In comments submitted in response to ICANN’s Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) Accountability Initial Draft Proposal, the Internet Association highlights its support for the transition process, but cautions ICANN not to work towards any artificial deadline for its completion.
“In a post-transition world, it is essential that ICANN be fortified with the appropriate separation of powers necessary to protect the system from capture by any one stakeholder group,” said Abigail Slater, Internet Association Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Policy. “The checks and balances outlined in the Draft Proposal are a step in the right direction, but work must continue to clarify and refine the rules and controls before a handover occurs,” said Slater.
The comments support changes to ICANN’s bylaws to benefit the Internet community as a whole and to carry out its activities through an open and transparent process. However, the Internet Association asks that a timeline be put in place to implement the final plan, and asks that the U.S. government continue its oversight of ICANN until the transition is fully implemented.
“A successful transition is fundamental to the proper functioning of the Internet, and we should not push towards a rushed or artificial deadline for transition. The Internet industry looks forward to engaging in the process to ensure accountability mechanisms at ICANN that protect stakeholders after the transition from U.S. government stewardship,” Slater concluded.
To view the comments, click here.