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  • From: "Bernard Turcotte" <bernard.turcotte@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 10:19:23 -0400

Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) â


Submission to ICANN regarding its consultation on the Development of 
Transparency and Accountability Management Operating Principles


October 24th, 2006


CIRA supports ICANN's attempts to engage the community in defining 
accountability and transparency. Such definitions, if properly developed, will 
help ICANN to reâestablish trust with its stakeholders and to meet the 
conditions set out in the recent Joint Project Agreement between the U.S. 
Department of Commerce and ICANN. 


CIRA is concerned however, about the short time period in which comments are 
sought.  The notice seeking input was posted on October 16th and the close of 
submissions is scheduled approximately two weeks later on October 31st.


This is clearly too short a time for many stakeholders to provide the 
meaningful input that ICANN requires. 


We respectfully request that the deadline be extended to December 31st, 2006.  
An extension of the time for submissions would not prejudice ICANN in any way 
and would allow many stakeholders to participate in this important process.


Further, we request that ICANN formally clarify the details of its process for 
the development of these principles. This would allow the ICANN community to 
understand and follow how its inputs will be processed and what other inputs 
will be sought and considered. For example, will ICANN retain (or has it 
already retained) expert assistance in determining a set of best practices for 
transparency, accountability and fair processes?


We refer you to our letter dated June 15, 2006. We still believe that ICANN and 
its stakeholder community would be best served if ICANN engaged a 
non-governmental, independent consultant to conduct a public review of ICANN's 
transparency, accountability and the fairness of its processes and to provide a 
road-map for ICANN's reform.



Yours truly,


Bernard Turcotte

President and CEO





Cc: CIRA Board, ICANN Board, CCNSO, CIRA web site


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