[AfrICANN-discuss] Re: AfrICANN Digest, Vol 28, Issue 3
vika at zadna.org.za
Mon Jun 8 14:17:54 SAST 2009
Hi Pierre D,
Good move this is: you did well to try & gather together the views expressed
in the AfrICANN list.
I am overall content with this summary, noting that the wording is quite
diplomatic as well. I would however have liked to see the those 5 key
questions to which we individually applied our minds being listed in the
submission after the first sentence that reads: "In a view to provide
comments which reflect the general views of the Africa region on the
termination of the JPA agreement."
In that way it will become clear what the key questions were that we had to
I've noted Paulos & Yassin's "flowery" concerns, but as a person who's only
glad he was not around this space at the time of the WSIS event (:-)), I
cannot respond to those concerns.
My personal view still stands that after the JPA, ICANN needs to be
independent from the US DoC & we need to find another structure to which
ICANN should account. Whether it's an international tribunal as somebody has
called it within the EU, I don't know. I'm keeping my mind open to various
One thing I will not comfortable with is to see ICANN not accounting to
anyone or to see it accounting to what is called the "ICANN community"
because good as the community concept is for the bottom-up policy &
technical development processes, my personal view is that it (the ICANN
community concept) is still filled with uncertainties & duplications, which
in the long run are likely to become self-defeating & only self-interest
.za Domain Name Authority
From: africann-bounces at afrinic.net [mailto:africann-bounces at afrinic.net] On
Behalf Of Dandjinou Pierre
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2009 12:38 AM
To: africann at afrinic.net
Subject: Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] Re: AfrICANN Digest, Vol 28, Issue 3
Following the responses to the series of questions , we now need to
conclude. I am therefore proposing the following text for your perusal and
review. feel free to amend as English is not my mother tongue; Also, bear in
mind we should be sending this to the NTIA by the 7th June.
Finally, this text which is meant to represent the views of members of this
discussion list does not prevent us from sending any individual comments as
a response to the NOI..
The Africa ICANN Discussion List members provide the following comments in
response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Notice of Inquiry "Assessment of the Transition of the Technical
Coordination and Management of the Internet's Domain Name and Addressing
System [Docket No. 090420688-9689-01]."
In a view to provide comments which reflect the general views of the Africa
region on the termination of the JPA agreement and thereof a final report on
the DNS project, members of the Africann list , a discussion list for
Africans who are interested in Icann's matters , organized an online brain
storming session. The Group is now happy to submit its deliberations to the
National Telecommunication Agency (NTIA).
According to ICANN's mission statement, it coordinates the allocation and
assignment of the three sets of unique identifiers for the Internet, which
are: Domain names; Internet protocol addresses and Autonomous system
numbers; Protocol port and parameter numbers. After its 11 years of
existence, ICANN has served as the testbed for many initiatives that have
come to make the Internet an ever growing space for communication and
knowledge sharing. The Africa region is particularly marked by the new
developments which ICANN has generated in its core business of DNS and IP
address management. Thus, the bottom up approach to policy development, the
constant search for transparency and accountability constitute the
overarching features which ICANN has struggled for since 1998. Indeed, since
then, the successive MoUs which have delineated ICANN's perimeter have
provided an outlet for an experiment which spans diverse issues and cross
In performing its function as the custodian and coordinator of those
critical resources that are domain names and IP addresses, ICANN has
constantly striven to be open, transparent and accountable. The JPA and the
subsequent MoUs have certainly provided the framework for this coordination
which has now given its global and international nature to ICANN. While the
Africa region benefitted from the ICANN's experience in many ways, including
the development of the African Internetworking groups and associations and
the growing participation to Icann's policy development processes, Africa
would like to recall that Internet being a global goods, its sound and
effective coordination should continue to be operated along those criterion
and procedures that have given to the Internet its stability and secure
The ICANN's experiment has proven to be a success in many ways including
capacity development and cross fertilization of ideas and knowledge. Its
bylaws and internal mechanisms have ensured over the year more transparency
and accountability which portray ICANN as an experiment in global self
governance which could be replicated in other institutional formulas.
Therefore, termination of the JPA will only reinforce its credibility at the
global level. There is always room for improvement and the termination of
the JPA and the end of the DNS project will only give ICANN its full
dimension and potential as a global and international and multistakeholder
institution within its restricted mission of coordinating the critical
resources of the Internet. One such room for improvement should be the role
to be played by governments in the specific layout of ICANN which guarantee
both openness , inclusiveness and freedom within the larger context of the
global Internet governance.
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