[NA-Discuss] Strickland's June 15 Keynote

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Wed Jun 20 21:02:14 UTC 2012

He does make all the right notes.  Comforting to see Uncle Sam seemingly on
the side of the WHOIS Review Team.  I for one'd like to see further and
better particulars in this area.

- Carlton

Carlton A Samuels
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> *Jun 15 Keynote Speech by Lawrence E. Strickling Assistant Secretary of
> Commerce for Communications and Information U.S. Chamber of Commerce
> Telecommunications and E-Commerce Committee *
> http://www.ntia.doc.gov/speechtestimony/2012/keynote-speech-lawrence-e-strickling-assistant-secretary-commerce-communication
> <quote>
> Let me turn next to the current situation at ICANN. ICANN represents a
> practical working model of the multistakeholder approach to Internet
> governance. When I signed the Affirmation of Commitments with ICANN in
> 2009, the United States reaffirmed its commitment to the ICANN model and
> its mission to preserve a single, global interoperable Internet that
> supports the free flow of information and global electronic commerce.
> The Affirmation was historic because it established mechanisms and
> timelines for the multistakeholder review of ICANN?s execution of its core
> tasks. What had once been a unique role for the U.S. government was
> expanded to include the participation of the international community
> through review teams. This model of enhanced global cooperation on Internet
> public policy issues offers a constructive example for the continuing
> international debates about Internet governance.
> In 2010, I served on the first of these review teams which focused on
> evaluating ICANN?s accountability and transparency. Our team, which
> included representatives from the governments of China and Egypt as well as
> representatives from South America, Europe and Australia, made a series of
> recommendations to the board, all of which were adopted. ICANN will soon be
> reporting out on the implementation of these recommendations and a second
> accountability and review team will convene next January to evaluate
> ICANN?s performance in integrating the recommendations into the culture of
> the organization.
> NTIA?s commitment to expanding participation in Internet governance was
> tested earlier this year with respect to the IANA functions contract. Last
> year, in anticipation of the expiration of the IANA functions contract,
> NTIA undertook two consultations of stakeholders, both domestic and
> international, on how to best enhance the performance of the functions.
> Based on input received from stakeholders around the world, we added new
> requirements, including the need for a robust conflict of interest policy,
> heightened respect for local country laws and a series of provisions to
> increase transparency and accountability. Earlier this year, we took the
> unprecedented action of cancelling the initial request for proposals (RFP)
> because we received no proposals that met the requirements requested by the
> global community. We then reissued the RFP and I am hopeful that whatever
> responses were submitted more clearly satisfy the needs of the global
> Internet community.
> It should be clear from my comments that while NTIA continues to be a
> strong supporter of ICANN?s multistakeholder approach, we do not shy away
> from offering constructive criticism and speaking bluntly about the
> challenges facing ICANN and the improvements it is needs to make. In the
> end it only makes for a stronger ICANN. In that regard, a lot has been said
> in the last seven months here in Washington, DC regarding ICANN?s new
> generic top-level domain name (gTLD) program. While we have defended the
> process used to reach the decisions regarding the program, we have listened
> and are sensitive to the concerns expressed by some stakeholders about the
> potential for unintended consequences of the expansion. The details of the
> 1,930 applications were revealed two days ago and NTIA, along with our
> interagency partners, are actively reviewing the list of strings and the
> publicly available information associated with each application. Now that
> the facts are in front of us, we will meet with stakeholders in July to
> discuss, among other things, if additional protections are warranted at the
> second level.
> In addition, we continue to believe it is critical that ICANN complete
> three work streams that will further enhance the tools available to law
> enforcement and consumer protection officials as the new gTLD program
> unfolds. The first of these is a strengthened Registrar Accreditation
> Agreement that takes into account the proposals of law enforcement agencies
> as endorsed by ICANN?s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Second is the
> need for ICANN to address a range of deficiencies in the implementation of
> WHOIS policy. Third is the need for ICANN to fully staff and enhance
> ICANN?s contract compliance division. Among other things, ICANN needs to
> take steps to centralize and automate the complaint process as well as make
> it more transparent by the end of the third quarter 2012.
> I want to emphasize that as we raise these concerns with ICANN, we do so
> respecting the multistakeholder processes of that organization. We bring
> our concerns to the GAC and discuss these issues with other governments to
> formulate formal advice to the ICANN board as set out in its bylaws. We
> have worked hard in ICANN to strengthen the role governments have, as one
> group of stakeholders at ICANN, to demonstrate to governments that they can
> be heard and their issues dealt with in this multistakeholder process. I
> believe increasing the meaningful engagement of governments in
> multistakeholder organizations such as ICANN is one of the strongest
> arguments we have, and indeed is a necessary precondition, to opposing the
> views of some nations to have international intergovernmental bodies
> replace multistakeholder organizations in important areas of Internet
> governance.
> </quote>
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