UPDATE: ICANN published on June 23, 2015, the above video of ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé presenting the keynote address at the ICANN53 Welcome Ceremony and President's Opening Session on June 22, 2015'
ICANN53 Fadi Chehadé Keynote from ICANN - ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé’s Opening Session slide deck from ICANN53 in Buenos Aires on Monday, 22 June 2015. Recordings of the Opening Session and Keynote can be accessed here.
Our road to the finish line of the USG stewardship transition. #ICANN53 #IANASteward pic.twitter.com/3xPkmpRiB4— ICANN President (@icann_president) June 22, 2015
ICANN CEO Fadi's Timeline Best Case Scenario: ICANN 54 is October 18-22, 2015 (Dublin) + 4-5 months (Phase 2) = actual transition phase 3 begins March, 2016. Is this likely? Probably not. The above may be just another ICANN pipe dream scenario akin to the widely ridiculed and wrong ICANN forecast that 33 million new gTLD domain names would be registered in FY 2015. Remember, all ICANN WS-1 accountability bylaw changes have to be enacted and in effect before NTIA can approve the Transition Plan per the DOTCOM Act. Congress will not approve until ICANN accountability provisions are in place. Note that ICANN 55 is entirely missing from Fadi's timeline. ICANN 56, which the timeline shows as completion of the transition in all respects, is 27-30 June 2016. Is that target date possible? Sure, under a "best case" scenario.