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[bc-gnso] Regarding JPA expiration

  • To: "bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx" <bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [bc-gnso] Regarding JPA expiration
  • From: Steve DelBianco <sdelbianco@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 17:58:54 +1000

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<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;
font-family:Calibri'>One more follow-up to our BC meeting today, regarding
expiration of ICANN’s Joint Project Agreement (JPA) with US 
Government.</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;
font-family:Calibri'>&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal 
style='margin-bottom:10.0pt;line-height:19.0pt;text-autospace:
none'><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:18.0pt;font-family:
Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'>Artificial Deadlines, Real Consequences 
</span></b><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:18.0pt;font-family:Calibri;
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'> (June 12)</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-autospace:none'><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333'>Executives of the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have been keeping the
airlines in business this year, flying to the far corners of the globe to
enlist support for ending a key relationship with the U.S. Government this
September. It seems the question of ICANN's readiness has taken a backseat to
the imperative of meeting this hard-and-fast deadline.</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-autospace:none'><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333'>But for the business community and
everyone else who relies on a stable, secure Internet addressing system, the
key concern is whether the ICANN &quot;transition&quot; will preserve the
safety and security of the system, not whether it will occur by an arbitrary
date. I said as much in my <a
href="http://www.ntia.doc.gov/comments/2009/dnstransition/063.pdf";><span
style='color:#103362'>comments</span></a> to the National Telecommunications
and Information Administration on its Joint Project Agreement (JPA) with 
ICANN.</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-autospace:none'><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333'>One thing is clear: most of the
people involved in the ICANN process support the idea of ICANN transitioning
into a fully private-sector-led entity with a narrow scope and robust
accountability mechanisms. &nbsp;(see all&nbsp;<a
href="http://www.ntia.doc.gov/comments/2009/dnstransition/index.html";><span
style='color:#103362'>comments</span></a>)</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-autospace:none'><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333'>But attempting that transition before
ICANN is fully equipped to stand on its own would be dangerously and
unnecessarily destabilizing. Yet that's exactly what ICANN is trying to do, all
in order to shed the JPA by September 2009.</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-autospace:none'><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333'>What makes this particularly
troubling is that ICANN knows what it needs to do in order to achieve the
stability and accountability the community has been demanding. &nbsp;&nbsp;Terms
may differ, but a broad cross-section of ICANN participants have called 
for:</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal 
style='margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.5in;mso-text-indent-alt:
-.5in;tab-stops:11.0pt .5in;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
color:#333333'>Accountability - specifically a mechanism that would make ICANN
accountable to some entity other than itself.</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal 
style='margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.5in;mso-text-indent-alt:
-.5in;tab-stops:11.0pt .5in;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
color:#333333'>Protection against capture - by foreign governments, cartels or
bureaucracies seeking to impose greater governmental control.</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal 
style='margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.5in;mso-text-indent-alt:
-.5in;tab-stops:11.0pt .5in;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
color:#333333'>&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-autospace:none'><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333'>The irony of ICANN's fervent push to
end the JPA is that community support for the JPA stems mainly from the belief
that it is the only thing that currently addresses those organizational 
needs.&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-autospace:none'><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333'>As I mentioned in a previous <a
href="http://blog.netchoice.org/2009/06/if-the-icann-jpa-doesnt-matter-why-are-so-many-people-trying-to-kill-it.html";><span
style='color:#103362'>pos</span></a>t, the JPA has clearly prevented aggressive
governments and government bureaucracies from mounting a full-scale assault
against ICANN. The JPA has also introduced a measure of accountability into the
process, by requiring ICANN to justify its decisions to the U.S. 
Government.</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-autospace:none'><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Calibri;
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333'>The JPA is hardly perfect, but until
we come up with something better, it's our best bet to preserve private sector
leadership of ICANN.&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;
font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333'>--Steve 
DelBianco</span></p>

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