Globalization of the IANA functions contract is critical in developing a true multistakeholder model of Internet governance.
The US government announced its plan transition oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the global multistakeholder community on 14 March 2014. Historically managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), IANA functions are part of Internet infrastructure and include responsibility for allocating and maintaining the unique codes and numbering systems used in Internet technical standards.
The IANA functions include:
- Coordination of the assignment of technical Internet protocol parameters through the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
- Administration of and coordination of Internet domain name system (DNS) root zone management
- Allocation of Internet number resources to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs)
- Management of the .ARPA and .INT top-level domains (TLDs)
ICANN will be responsible for spearheading the development a proposal by the global multistakeholder community for the transition of the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS) along with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), top-level domain name operators, VeriSign, and other global stakeholders.
The NTIA has communicated to ICANN that the transition proposal must have broad community support and address the following four principles:
- Support and enhance the multistakeholder model;
- Maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS;
- Meet the needs and expectation of the global customers and partners of the IANA services; and,
- Maintain the openness of the Internet.
ICANN Public Consultation Process and Mailing List
ICANN published a document detailing the ICANN Public Consultation Processes and followed up with a mailing list for expedited input on the process to be used for IANA transition plan development.
ICANN also put out a Call for Public Input with background information, a draft proposal based on initial community feedback, and ways to get involved in the process.
ISOC Information Page and Email List
The Internet Society set up a webpage and mailing list to discuss the IANA transfer.
/1net is a neutral, open forum to discuss Internet challenges, including the IANA transition.
Statements from ARIN and the Internet Technical Community
I* Post-NETmudial Meeting Statement - 13 May 2014
ARIN and the evolution of the IANA Functions – 20 March 2014
Internet Technical Leaders Welcome IANA Globalization Progress – 14 March 2014
Statement from the I* Leaders Coordination Meeting – 14 February 2014
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