Venue: Silver Oak Hall
Table Discussion on the “IANA Transition & ICANN Accountability Process and
India’s Position” was held on 30th May, 2015.
participants from different stakeholder communities of India viz., Industry,
Industry Associations, Academia, Civil Society, Lawyers, Consultants,
Government, Students, etc. participated in the discussion.
there were over 25 remote participants not only from different cities of India
(such as Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Indore, Trivandrum, etc.) but also, members
of ISOC Chapters from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, who joined remotely.
salient features of the study on the Indian Perspective on IANA Stewardship
Transition were shared with the audience. The Chair, Dr. Ajay Kumar, shared a
brief overview on the importance of participation of India in this discussion.
discussion the participants acknowledged the following needs:
- Stakeholders from India need to
be more proactive and participative.
- The issues related to
Internet Stability and Security; clarity in the jurisdiction of
ICANN; Accountability and transparency of ICANN and IANA Operator and
Standards, need to be prioritized:
The participants also raised concerns regarding:
The lack of clarity on notion of 'community'
The CWG Draft 2 being too different from Draft 1
CCWG Accountability draft is complex
Lack of in-depth discussion on jurisdiction of ICANN especially,
US jurisdiction of ICANN
Unrealistic timelines of IANA transition and ICANN Accountability
Language is a barrier in the public consultation process
No clarity about replacement of outgoing CEO of ICANN
Some suggestions made by the participants included:
collaboration at regional level to share concerns and build views, and to
evolve best practices;
India’s huge potential derived from its participation in protocols and
emphasis on accountability track including financial accountability
of ICANN, and use of proceeds from new gTLD auctions;
on accountability of not just ICANN, but also contributors to IETF, RIRs,
National Names and Number Registries and other players including
respective staff and secretariats;
greater ICANN engagement through more face to face meetings across the
on the core guiding principles of security, stability and resilience in
all the discussions;
- Ensure focus of internet
governance on interests of internet users/consumers.