At-Large Briefing on Enhancing ICANN Accountability
Meeting Number: AL.ALAC/CC.ABSC/0614/02
Date: Thursday , 05 June 2014
Time: 20:00 to 21:30 UTC (90 minutes)
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Adobe Connect Meeting Room: https://icann.adobeconnect.com/atlarge-briefing-session/
Interpretation Available: YES: French and Spanish
Conference ID: 3535 (EN) 1838 (FR) 1738 (ES)
EN: Alioune Diop, Oksana Prykhodko, Maureen Hilyard, Holly Raiche, Ron Sherwood, Garth Graham, Siranush Vardanyan, Michael Yakushev, Olivier Crepin-Leblond, Pedro Veiga, Cheryl Langdon-Orr, Leon Sanchez, Seth Reiss, Sivasubramanian Muthusamy, Eduardo Diaz, Pastor Peters Jordi Iparraguirre , Sebastein Bachollet, Evan Leibovich, Allan Skuce, Loris Taylor, Otunte Otuene, Ali AlMeshal, Alan Greenberg, Mark Urban, Dev Anand Teelucksingh, Christopher Wilkinson, Ellen Strickland, Alejandro Pisanty, Winthrop Yu, Darlene Thompson, Mwendwa Kivuva, Peter Knight, Inam Ali,
ES: Cristian Casas, Fatima Cambronero,
FR: Michel Tchonang
Apologies: Mercy Moyo, Wolf Ludwig, Werner Hülsmann, Jean-Jacques Subrenat
Staff: Heidi Ullrich, Terri Agnew, Silvia Vivanco, Ariel Liang, Kathy Schnitt , Gisella Gruber
Interpretors: FR:Claire and Camila & ES:Sabrina and David
Call Management: Terri Agnew
1 Welcome and Introduction to the Briefing Call - Olivier Crepin-Leblond, Chair of the ALAC (2 min)
2. Discussion of the Public Comment “Enhancing ICANN Accountability.” - Olivier Crepin-Leblond and Evan Leibovitch (25 mins)
the environment that the Internet and ICANN operate;
the positions of important actors in ICANN's accountability;
ICANN’s two high-level Review Teams on Accountability and Transparency;
potential proposals and actions from ALAC in the new context
The IANA Function (presented by Nigel Hickson on the Pre-ATLAS II Capacity Building Webinar on the tTopic Future of Internet Governance Part 2)
Enhancing ICANN Accountability (presented by Theresa Swinehart during At-Large Briefing : Globalization of ICANN and its Transparency and Accountability Processes)
3. Questions and Answers - All (30 min)
4. Next Steps - Olivier Crepin-Leblond (3 min)
Jean-Jacques Subrenat will not be available today for the Community call
today on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, scheduled Thursday 5 June 2014 at
He has however, sent through the following contribution.
I would like to contribute to the discussion by elaborating a bit on the
chapters I suggested for this discussion,
2.a the environment that the Internet and ICANN operate in;
2.b the positions of important actors in ICANN's accountability;
2.d potential proposals and actions from ALAC in the new context.
I would be grateful if you would kindly circulate my remarks (below) in
advance of tonight's Community Call:
2.a) THE ENVIRONMENT THAT THE INTERNET AND ICANN OPERATE IN.
- While the technical and operational requirements remain crucial for the
Internet (security, reliability, capacity for scaling), one of the big
challenges is now Internet governance in all its complexity.
- To remain meaningful, the multi-stakeholder model needs to evolve.
Historically, the domain name business has been a driving force, but now it
is time to
- clarify the respective roles of stakeholders, including of sovereign
- place the Internet user perspective at the centre of any reform.
2.b) THE POSITIONS OF IMPORTANT ACTORS IN ICANN'S ACCOUNTABILITY.
- the Snowden revelations have made global Internet users aware of their
fundamental rights, and the reasons put forward by public authority to
lessen or negate those rights (terrorism, child pornography). The Snowden
files have also amplified the call for the globalization of the Internet and
its management (making ICANN more global, oversight of the IANA
- Without the Snowden revelations, Washington may or may not have brought
forward the transfer of the oversight of the IANA function. So it is
important to understand the motivation of the USG, and the choices available
- In the same manner, it is important to understand the motivation and
options available to other "large" actors: Brazilia, Beijing, Moscow...
- More than ever, Internet governance now requires general guidelines (the
ones formulated in NetMundial can be used as a draft), and a commitment by
sovereign states to actually implement them. How can ICANN achieve this?
2.d) POTENTIAL PROPOSALS AND ACTIONS FROM ALAC IN THIS CONTEXT.
- Have a hard look at the achievements of ALAC since its inception, by
- the real influence of ALAC comments and/or statements on the
orientation of ICANN?
- number of ALSs vs. their effective impact (local feedback, user
- how can ALAC better represent the rights and requirements of Internet
- Could a renovated ALAC agenda be implemented under the current Bylaws?
- Must ALAC's work be restricted to ICANN processes only, or include the
wider perspective of the global Internet users?
- What improvements can ALAC propose to preserve and enhance the MSM?
- What are/should be the next strategic objectives of ALAC? One or
several more Board members originating from its ranks? A new arrangement of
ICANN's ACs and SOs?