[At-Large] Many Webinars on IANA Stewardship Transition? Why? Which ones to attend?

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Wed Dec 3 00:32:04 UTC 2014

(apologies for cross posting)

Dear all,

you will have seen the announcements for various Webinars this week and
next week on the IANA Stewardship Transition. There are many of them.

Here is a short note to make sense of all of these Webinars:

*Webinars of the CWG on Naming Related Functions Public Consultation on
Draft Transition Proposal*:
- 3 December from 7:00 – 8:30 UTC
- 4 December from 12:30 – 14:00 UTC
- 4 December from 16:00 – 17:30 UTC

These Webinars are repeats of each other and are organised and Chaired
by the Community Working Group (CWG) which is presenting a first draft
of the Naming Communities input to the IANA Stewardship Transition
process. This Webinar will be used to explain the contents of the First
Draft of the Proposal. This will really help in understanding the draft
which is currently under Public Comment from 1 to 22 December 2014. I
highly recommend you attend at least one of them. Details on how to join
are given in the message at the bottom of this email.


*Capacity Building Program Webinar #1:**
**- Wednesday 3 December 2014 13:00 - 14:00 UTC**
**IANA Functions (standards, Numbering and Naming) - Patrik Fältström*

Are you interested in this topic but do not know where to start? This
Webinar is for you!
Indeed, this Webinar is a great introduction about all of the IANA
Functions, introduced by the Chairman of the ICANN Security and
Stability Advisory Committee. He is an expert! If you are interested in
what is probably one of the key topics for the year and want to learn
about it, then do not miss this Webinar! Tell people in your ALS! Tell
anyone who is interested! Watch, listen, learn and ask questions -
that's what this Webinar is about.
The draft Agenda and call details are on:


Capacity Building Program Webinar #2:**
**- Wednesday 10 December 2014 21:00 - 22:30 UTC**
**IANA Naming Issues by IANA Issues WG*

This Webinar will have the members of the At-Large IANA Naming Issues
working group explain the proposed ALAC response to the Public Comment
period that has opened on 1 December and will close on 22 December 2014.
This is your chance ask any questions about the proposed response and to
comment on it too! However, we highly recommend that you attend the
above capacity building Webinar before to better understand the issues
and at least one of the three CWG Webinars above to learn about the
CWG's First Draft.
Call details for this Webinar will be sent out in due course. Reserve
the time slot now!

Kind regards,


On 02/12/2014 08:05, ICANN At-Large Staff wrote:
> To view the original post, please
> see: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-12-01-en
>   WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On Naming Related
>   Functions Public Consultation on Draft Transition Proposal
> Following the request of the National Telecommunications and
> Information Administration (NTIA) forICANN to "convene a
> multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S.
> government stewardship role" with regard to the IANA Functions and
> related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG)
> was tasked with developing a consolidated transition proposal for the
> elements of the IANA Functions relating to the Domain Name System
> (DNS). The CWG has now published its draft transition proposal
> for public comment
> <https://www.icann.org/public-comments/cwg-naming-transition-2014-12-01-en>.
> Comments can be submitted until 22 December at 23:59 UTC.
> In order to brief the community on the contents on this draft
> transition proposal and encourage community feedback, the CWG will be
> organizing three identical webinars at different times to facilitate
> participation across time zones. The webinars will take place on:
>   * *3 December from 7:00 – 8:30 UTC *(time zone converter here
>     <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=CWG-Stewardship+Webinar&iso=20141203T07&p1=1440&ah=1&am=30>)
>   * *4 December from 12:30 – 14:00 UTC *(time zone converter here
>     <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=CWG-Stewardship+Webinar&iso=20141204T1230&p1=1440&ah=1&am=30>)
>   * *4 December from 16:00 – 17:30 UTC *(time zone converter here
>     <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=CWG-Stewardship+Webinar&iso=20141204T16&p1=1440&ah=1&am=30>)
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> /Webinar Details & How to Attend/
> The webinars will be run in an Adobe Connect room
> <https://icann.adobeconnect.com/cwgiana/>. If you are interested in
> attending the webinar and would like to receive dial-in details,
> please send an email to grace.abuhamad at icann.org
> <mailto:grace.abuhamad at icann.org> and indicate which day / time you
> would like to attend the webinar. Please note that the webinar will be
> conducted in English and will be recorded and transcribed.
> Subsequently the transcripts will be translated in the 5 UN languages
> and posted on the CWG Wiki here <https://community.icann.org/x/SIEHAw>.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> /The Draft Transition Proposal/
> The CWG structured its draft transition proposal based on
> the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) Request for
> Proposals. These are:
>     1 	Description of Community's Use of IANA Functions
>     2A 	Existing, Pre-Transition Arrangements – Policy Sources
>     2B 	Existing, Pre-Transition Arrangements – Oversight and
>     Accountability
>     3 	Proposed Post-Transition Oversight and Accountability Arrangements
>     4 	Transition Implications
>     5 	NTIA Requirements
>     6 	Community Process
> Sections 1, 2A and 2B describe the current situation.
> Section 3, which is the heart of the transition proposal, is still a
> work in progress as not all details have been ironed out as of the
> publication of this consultation. Although lacking some details, the
> information provided in this section should be sufficiently detailed
> to allow the communities to comment on all key components. In summary,
> section 3 proposes the creation of 4 new entities to replace the
> current NTIAarrangements. These are:
>  1. *Contract Co.* – This primary function of this entity (likely a
>     non-profit corporation) is to be signatory to the contract with
>     the IANA Functions Operator. This entity should be lightweight and
>     have little or no staff.
>  2. *Multistakeholder Review Team (MRT)* – The MRT would be a
>     multi-stakeholder body with formally selected representatives from
>     all of the relevant communities (exact composition TBD). The
>     operation of the MRT would be based on the concept of maximum
>     public transparency. The responsibilities of the MRT will include:
>       * Developing the detailed contract terms for the agreement
>         between Contract Co. and theIANA Functions Operator, based on
>         the key contract terms proposed as part of this proposal and
>         set forth as Annex 3
>       * Making key decisions for Contract Co. (e.g., whether or not to
>         enter into a rebidding (RFP) process for the operation of
>         the IANA Naming Functions)
>       * Conducting the IANA Functions Operator Budget Review
>       * Addressing any escalation issues raised by the Customer
>         Standing Committee (CSC) including the possibility of engaging
>         in enforcement
>       * Performing certain elements of administration (including
>         periodic performance reviews) currently set forth in
>         the IANA Functions Contract and currently being carried out by
>         theNTIA
>       * Managing a re-contracting or rebidding (RFP) process for the
>         operation of the IANAFunctions, both as an enforcement option
>         and as part of a regular rebidding procedure
>     The CWG is in the process of discussing whether there is an
>     additional enforcement role for the MRT related to policy
>     implementation by the IANA Functions Operator; specifically,
>     whether the MRT should be able to commence a proceeding before the
>     Independent Appeals Panel.
>  3. *Customer Standing Committee (CSC)* – While the exact composition
>     is still to be determined, the CSC would primarily be made up of a
>     number of representatives of registry operators,
>     including ccTLD and gTLD registries. Input from the CSC would feed
>     into and inform the work of the MRT. It is possible that the CSC
>     would also include additional individuals with relevant expertise
>     and/or liaisons (or representatives) from other SO/ACs. The CSC
>     would:
>       * Work with the MRT to establish Service Levels and Performance
>         Indicators for the performance of the IANA Naming Functions
>       * Receive reports from the IANA Functions Operator including
>         regular performance reports.
>       * Review these reports against established service levels and
>         escalate any significant issues to the MRT
>  4. *Independent Appeals Panel (IAP)* – The CWG recommends that
>     all IANA actions which affect the Root Zone or Root
>     Zone WHOIS database be subject to an independent and binding
>     appeals panel. The Appeals Mechanism should also cover any policy
>     implementation actions that affect the execution of changes to
>     the Root Zone File or Root Zone WHOIS and how relevant policies
>     are applied. This need not be a permanent body, but rather could
>     be handled the same way as commercial disputes are often resolved,
>     through the use of a binding arbitration process using an
>     independent arbitration organization (e.g., ICDR, ICC, AAA) or a
>     standing list of qualified people under rules promulgated by such
>     an organization.
> Sections 4, 5 and 6 are currently in development and are directly
> dependent on the final choices that will be made for section 3.
> For further details, you are encouraged the review the draft
> transition proposal in its entirety, availablehere
> <https://community.icann.org/x/SoEHAw>.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> /Further information/
> For further information about the CWG's work, please
> see https://community.icann.org/x/37fhAg.
> For further information about the ICG and the IANA Stewardship
> Transition, please seehttps://www.icann.org/stewardship.
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