No.RecommendationRecipientThematic Group SourceAssigneesStatus
5ICANN should examine how best to ensure that end-users remain at the heart of the accountability process in all aspects pertaining to the transition of stewardship of the IANA function.ICANN Board; ICANN Staff; ICANN CommunityTG1
  • IANA Transition & ICANN Accountability



Implementation Details

The At-Large Community has played a vital role in all aspects pertaining to the transition of the IANA stewardship, contributing valuable end user input. The ALAC is a chartering organization of both the CWG-IANA and CCWG-Accountability. It also has representatives in the IANA Coordination Group. In those groups,  At-Large Community appointees not only actively participated, but also often held Chair or Vice Chair positions in leading the work, shepherding the processes, and influencing the outcome.

The IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal and Enhancing ICANN Accountability Recommendations have been approved by the ICANN community and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). In the post transition implementation, the ALAC is a formal participant in the Empowered Community, which would empower end users to hold ICANN Board accountable. An ALAC Liaison is involved in the operational oversight, previously performed by the NTIA and will then performed by a Customer Standing Committee (CSC), as it relates to the monitoring of ICANN’s performance of the IANA naming functions. The ALAC will also appoint representatives to the IANA Functions Review Process as per proposal’s requirements.

Focused on addressing broader accountability topics that extend beyond the IANA Stewardship Transition, the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 would propose further enhancements to a number of designated accountability mechanisms. At-Large members have also been leaders and/or active participants in different SubGroups in Work Stream 2.

Next Step

At-Large will continue playing its critical role in the post transition implementation and engaging in the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2. Seasoned At-Large leaders will encourage more At-Large members to participate proactively and make greater influence.


  • Could feed into ICANN accountability process and the work of At-Large IANA issues WG.

    • It is a very important recommendation. Are we pushing enough to strengthen the position of the end users (this concerns the question of civil society and the role of ALAC/At-Large)? It seems that we haven't pushed CCWG-Accountability to fully address those questions and consider the position of end users. 
    • The ALAC/At-Large have been advocating for end users to balance the power of other interested parties, and will continue to do so.  
    • We are not in the position to say that the end user rights are more important than other rights. 
    • Should the ALAC advocate that the end users' concerns trump other concerns? Yes, in some cases, users should take dominance; but not all the time. 
    • The needs of users may not be so much different from the needs of other parties. For example, regarding IANA stewardship transition, there is almost 100% overlap between the interests of registries and the interests of users in terms of the operational aspect of IANA functions. 
    • Assignees shall evaluate the implementation of this recommendation pending the outcome (i.e. final report) of the CCWG-Accountability.
    • We cannot say that the recommendation has already been implemented. 
    • End users are at the heart of the accountability process, but have limited knowledge and influence in the process. 
    • The Empowered Community (EC) model in WS1 will empower end users to hold ICANN accountable; the Proposal has been ratified and passed to NTIA, pending review from the Congress

    • At-Large Community members to participate in WS2 more proactively to make greater influence

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