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Table: Affirmation of ICANN Responsibilities and Examples of Related References
in ICANN Bylaws, Strategic Plan, Board Resolutions, Public Comments

This table is a first draft of the many points of feedback received and will be updated as more clarification is received. In that regard it is a 'living document'.

The following are selected examples from ICANN documents and from community comments in relation to ICANN's responsibilities. For a complete record of all comments to the NTIA consultations see <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition.html>; for all comments to the ICANN President's Strategy Committee, see: <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/> and <http://www.icann.org/announcements/psc-output.html>.

ICANN Responsibility

References to ICANN Documents

Examples of related community comments

1. Security and Stability: ICANN shall coordinate, at the overall level, the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems.

ICANN's Mission and Core Values (e.g. ICANN Bylaws: Core Value 1)

Strategic Plan July 2006-June 2009: Point 1 (Organizational excellence in operations)

Strategic Planning Process (July 2007-2010) section III

Work of the IANA function; Security Stability Advisory Committee (including reports to community, such as SSAC Report on Alternative TLD Name Systems and Roots; and SSAC Report on DNS Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks on TLD and Root Name System Operators); Root Server Advisory Committee

Maintaining security and stability appeared in numerous comments submitted to both the NTIA consultations and the consultations of the President's Strategy Committee.

2. Transparency: ICANN shall continue to develop, test and improve processes and procedures to encourage improved transparency, accessibility, efficiency, and timeliness in the consideration and adoption of policies related to technical coordination of the Internet DNS, and funding for ICANN operations. ICANN will innovate and aspire to be a leader in the area of transparency for organizations involved in private sector management.

ICANN Bylaws: Core Value 7

Strategic Plan July 2006-June 2009: Point 1 (organizational excellence in operations); Point 2 (organizational excellence in policy development)

CIRA Open Letter to ICANN <http://www.cira.ca/news-releases/171.html> (supported through representation by InternetNZ)

Marilyn S. Cade & J. Beckwith Burr <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0643.htm>;

NSI Comments to PSC <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00023.html>

GoDaddy Comments to PSC and NTIA: <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00013.html>

Comments by the Government of Canada on the Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0675.htm>

ITAA Comments to NTIA: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0653.htm>

Government of India's response to the Notice of Inquiry on the Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0581.htm> (e.g., reference to transparency and non-discriminatory practices in ICANN's role in the allocation of Internet names and addresses)

3. Accountability: ICANN shall continue to develop, test, maintain, and improve on accountability mechanisms to be responsive to global Internet stakeholders in the consideration and adoption of policies related to the technical coordination of the Internet DNS, including continuing to improve openness and accessibility for enhanced participation, in ICANN's bottom-up participatory policy development processes.

ICANN Bylaws: Section IV (Accountability and Review)

Strategic Plan July 2006-June 2009: Point 3 (increase international participation in ICANN and the use of the Internet system of unique identifiers); Point 4 (increase participation in and efficiency of the ICANN multi-stakeholder environment)

CIRA Open Letter to ICANN http://www.cira.ca/news-releases/171.html (supported by representation from InternetNZ)

Marilyn S. Cade & J. Beckwith Burr <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0643.htm>

Comments of the Internet Governance Project <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0588.htm (see NTIA comments>

GoDaddy Comments to PSC and NTIA: <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00013.html>

NSI Comments to PSC <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00023.html>

Comments by the Government of Canada on the Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0675.htm>

ITAA Comments to NTIA: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0653.htm>

4. Root Server Security and Relationships: ICANN shall continue to coordinate with the operators of root name servers and other appropriate experts with respect to the operational and security matters, both physical and network, relating to the secure and stable coordination of the root zone ; ensure appropriate contingency planning; maintain clear processes in root-zone changes . ICANN will work to formalize relationships with root name server operators.

ICANN Bylaws: Section I. 2. ( Mission)

"Coordinates the operation and evolution of the DNS root name server system."

Strategic Plan July 2006-June 2009

The Internet Society's contribution to NTIA consultations: <http://www.isoc.org/pubpolpillar/ISOC_NTIA_response_060707.pdf>

ISPC Constituency Comments to NTIA: <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00011.html>

Bill Manning <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0002.htm>;

Koki Higashida/JPRS <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0572.htm>

5) TLD Management: ICANN shall maintain and build on processes to ensure that competition, consumer interests, and Internet DNS stability and security issues are identified and considered in TLD management decisions, including the consideration and implementation of new TLDs and the introduction of IDNs. ICANN will continue to develop its policy development processes, and will further develop processes for taking into account recommendations from ICANN's advisory committees and supporting organizations and other relevant expert advisory panels and organizations. ICANN shall continue to enforce existing policy relating to WHOIS, such existing policy requires that ICANN implement measures to maintain timely, unrestricted and public access to accurate and complete WHOIS information, including registrant, technical, billing and administrative contact information. ICANN shall continue its efforts to achieve stable agreements with country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) operators.

ICANN Bylaws: Section I. 3. ( Mission) Coordinates policy development reasonably and appropriately related to ICANN's technical functions

ICANN's Core Values Section 2. 1

Strategic Plan July 2006-June 2009

Koki Higashida/JPRS <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0572.htm>

Comments by the Government of Egypt to NTIA consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0646.htm> (reference to multilingualism)

BT comments to NTIA consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0651.htm>

Edward Dore <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0088.htm>;

Danny Younger <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0556.htm>;

Karl Auerbach <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0563.htm>;

ETNO Comments to NTIA Consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0676.htm>

Nominet Response to NTIA consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0586.htm>

Government of India's response to the Notice of Inquiry on the Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0581.htm (role of ICANN in allocation of Internet names and addresses)

6. Multi-stakeholder Model: ICANN shall maintain and improve multi-stakeholder model and the global participation of all stakeholders, including conducting reviews of its existing advisory committees, and supporting organizations, and will continue to further the effectiveness of the bottom-up policy development processes. ICANN will strive to increase engagement with the Private Sector by developing additional mechanisms for involvement of those affected by the ICANN policies.

ICANN Bylaws: Section IV (Accountability and Review)

Strategic Plan July 2006-June 2009: Point 3 (Increase international participation in ICANN and the use of the Internet system of unique identifiers); Point 4 (increase participation in and efficiency of the ICANN multi-stakeholder environment)

Annette Muehlberg/ALAC <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0560.htm>;

Roelof Meijer/SIDN <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0582.htm>

Danny Younger contributions to PSC <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/>

The Internet Society's contribution to ICANN's "President's Strategy Committee Consultation with the ICANN Community

"Improving the Inherent Strength of the Multi-stakeholder Model" <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00025.html; http://www.isoc.org/pubpolpillar/ISOC_NTIA_response_060707.pdf >

Comments of the Internet Governance Project, <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0588.htm>

GoDaddy Comments to PSC and NTIA: <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00013.html>

Nigerian Internet Group comments to PSC <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00012.html>

ISPC Constituency Comments to NTIA: <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00011.html>

Societa Internet (ISOC) Italia comments to NTIA <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0592.htm>

Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00026.html>

USCIB Comments to NTIA Consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0596.pdf>

ETNO Comments to NTIA Consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0676.htm>

Nominet Response to NTIA consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0586.htm>

7. Role of Governments: ICANN shall work with the Government Advisory Committee Members to review the GAC's role within ICANN so as to facilitate effective consideration of GAC advice on public policy aspects of the technical coordination of the Internet.

ICANN Bylaws: Core value 11

Letter from Vint Cerf, Chair of Board, to Sharil Tarmizi, Chair of GAC, <http://www.icann.org/correspondence/cerf-tarmizi-08nov05.pdf>

ICANN Board Resolution (Vancouver, 2006) forming the Board-GAC Working Group, and subsequent GAC Communiques (Wellington, Morocco) and Board Resolution (Wellington, Morocco)

Reflected in the 2006-2009 Strategic Plan: point 2 (organizational excellence in policy development); point 4 (increasing participation in and efficiency of the ICANN multi-stakeholder environment)

Reflected in Strategic Planning Process (July 2007-2010) Section IV

Chris Disspain <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0557.htm>

Margarita Valdes Cortes/LACTLD <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0565.htm>

Oscar Robles/NIC Mexico <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0566.htm>

Eduardo Santoyo Cadena/ Red Cientifica Peruana <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0567.htm>

Comments of the Internet Governance Project <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0588.htm>

Comments by the Government of Canada on the Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0675.htm>

ETNO Comments to NTIA Consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0676.htm>

Verizon comments to NTIA consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0645.htm>

Nominet Response to NTIA consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0586.htm>

Government of India's response to the Notice of Inquiry on the Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0581.htm>

Comments by the Government of Egypt to NTIA consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0646.htm>

ISPC Constituency Comments to NTIA: <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00011.html>

8. IP Addressing: ICANN shall continue to work collaboratively on a global and regional level so as to incorporate Regional Internet Registries' policy-making activities into the ICANN processes while allowing them to continue their technical work. ICANN shall continue to maintain legal agreements with the RIRs (and such other appropriate organizations) reflecting this work.

ICANN - RIR/NRO MoU

ICANN Board Resolutions: IPv4 Global Allocation Policy; and Recognition of AFRINIC as a Regional Internet Registry (Mar del Plata, 2005; <http://www.icann.org/minutes/resolutions-08apr05.htm>;

Recognition of LACNIC as a Regional Internet Registry (Shanghai, 2002; <http://www.icann.org/minutes/prelim-report-31oct02.htm>

NRO Contribution to the United States Department of Commerce <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0642.htm>

Government of India's response to the Notice of Inquiry on the Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0581.htm (e.g., role of ICANN in allocation of Internet names and address)

9. Corporate Responsibility: ICANN shall maintain excellence and efficiency in operations, including good governance, organizational measures to maintain stable, international private sector organization, and shall maintain relevant technical and business experience for members of the Board of Directors, executive management, and staff. ICANN will implement appropriate mechanisms that foster participation in ICANN by global Internet stakeholders, such as providing educational services and fostering information sharing for constituents and promoting best practices among industry segments.

Reflected in ICANN's operations, reflected in the 2006-2009 Strategic Plan (section 1, organizational excellence); and current consultations on Strategic Planning Process (July 2007-2010) Section III.

BT comments to NTIA consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0651.htm>

ETNO Comments to NTIA Consultations: <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0676.htm>

Societa Internet (ISOC) Italia comments to NTIA <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0592.htm>

10. Corporate Administrative Structure: ICANN shall conduct a review of, and make necessary changes in, corporate administrative structure to ensure stability, including devoting adequate resources to contract enforcement, taking into account corporate governance "best practices".

President's Strategy Committee consultations

Strategic Plan: Strategic Planning Process for July 2007-2010 identifies key challenges and opportunities for ICANN, including several points under 'internationalization'.

Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus <http://forum.icann.org/lists/psc/msg00026.html>

The Internet Society's contribution to NTIA consultations: <http://www.isoc.org/pubpolpillar/ISOC_NTIA_response_060707.pdf >

ETNO Comments to NTIA Consultations: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstransition/comments/dnstrans_comment0676.htm

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