Podcast: CCWG -Accountability release 3rd draft proposal

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The Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) published their third draft proposal, which is currently open for public comment until Monday, 21 December 2015.

Follow updates of the proposal process and provide feedback.

In this podcast I talk with León Felipe Sánchez, Chair of CCWG-Accountability, about the main change between the second and third draft – the sole designator model, the corporate model that ICANN would be shifting to when the transfer happens. León provides the following explanation of the sole designator model:

“The sole designator model means that the different support organizations and advisory committees, will form [a] sole designator, an unincorporated association, that will exercise the powers vested in ICANN’s bylaws. We can provide the sole designator with the different powers that are needed in order to provide the backstop in substitution for the US Government in this historical relationship it has had with ICANN. In this way we can address the concerns of the statutory power raised in the membership model and also the community’s concerns in terms of having an empowered committee.”

I also talk with Izumi Okutani, Policy Liaison of JPNIC and one of the members of the CCWG-Accountability, and Paul Wilson, Director General of APNIC and member of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG), who outline the relevance of the changes in the draft proposal for the numbers community and how it relates to the ICG proposal.

Izumi says,

“From [the numbers community] perspective there are two important points. One is to make sure that our relationship with ICANN remains unchanged in terms of approval of the global policy. Second is we make sure the SLA [Service Level Agreement] that we are planning to exchange with ICANN on the IANA Numbering Services will not be affected. The third draft still allows us to enable these two important points.”

Listen to a previous podcast where Paul and Izumi discuss progress on the ICG.

Comment now on CCWG-Accountability Proposal

The CCWG-Accountability is seeking community feedback on its Draft Proposal of recommended enhancements to ICANN’s accountability framework that have been identified as essential to happen or be committed to before the IANA Stewardship Transition takes place.

Why is this process important in the context of the transition?

APNIC community members are invited to indicate your support for recommendations via a survey as part of the Proposal’s 21-day public comment period. The comment period will run until Monday, 21 December 2015.

Take the survey of the CCWG-Accountability Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations.

Why is it important to comment?

The survey questions align with each recommendation contained in the Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations and are designed to determine whether the broader community supports the recommended enhancements. The survey will also capture feedback for each proposed change.

After analysis of the comments received, and assuming there no major changes, the CCWG-Accountability group projects submission of Work Stream 1 Recommendations to the ICANN Board in late January 2016 for inclusion as part of the ICG proposal to the NTIA.

For more information of the proposal, read the transcript and slides from the CCWG-Accountability briefing webinar, held on 2 December 2015.

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