A few comments
Hello Staff, Kindly find a few comment inline - What issues does the community identify as being core to strengthening ICANN's overall accountability in the absence of its historical contractual relationship to the U.S. Government? Stability of the Internet (names, IP and protocol): Everything to date has been administratively and technically functional and one could say this is because of the oversight role played by the US government. Seeing that the stability of Internet is maintained even without the US oversight is an important imperative. Inview of this, the organisation should reflect/integrate some of the principles in the contract with the community/board acting as the oversight - What should be the guiding principles to ensure that the notion of accountability is understood and accepted globally? What are the consequences if the ICANN Board is not being accountable to the community? Is there anything that should be added to the Working Group's mandate? Transparency...transparency and transparency : The processes needs to be as transparent as possible; such level of transparency will gain trust from the community. Transparency does not mean that the system itself is perfect, however it will help the community believe that it can be made better. The ICANN board should not be accountable to the community but they should be accountable to the principles/guidelines of the organisation. The organisation should engage the WG (community) to develop and improve on her working principles and guidelines. The community should inturn operate in an open and highly inclusive manner so that its proceeds will reflect a global view and not a sectional one. That way it becomes easier to make checks and balances. - Do the Affirmation of Commitments and the values expressed therein need to evolve to support global acceptance of ICANN's accountability and so, how? I think the AoC itself is already global in context, what i don't know for sure is whether its binding. However there should be no need to test the strength of the AoC if indeed the question 2 above is well dealt with. - What are the means by which the Community is assured that ICANN is meeting its accountability commitments? Representation: ICANN structure needs to be representative as much as possible Stability: Not to breaking what is already functional will make a good indication Keeping to principles: So long as the organisation ensures openness and transparency in its activities then it could serve as an indication Dependency: The organisation proving that she is operating based on the community developed processes is another key indication - Are there other mechanisms that would better ensure that ICANN lives up to its commitments? There should be external processes in place that allows the community to make the board accountable to the existing principles/processes - What additional comments would you like to share that could be of use to the ICANN Accountability Working Group? Noting more except that the working group should be as inclusive as much as possible to avoid capture. Regards -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *Seun Ojedeji,Federal University Oye-Ekitiweb: http://www.fuoye.edu.ng <http://www.fuoye.edu.ng> Mobile: +2348035233535**alt email: <http://goog_1872880453>seun.ojedeji@xxxxxxxxxxxx <seun.ojedeji@xxxxxxxxxxxx>* The key to understanding is humility - my view !