ICANN 53 Review, Part One: IANA Transition and ICANN Accountability

ICANN 53 is over, but what happened and where do we go from here? That is what Domain Mondo will try to answer in this multi-part series: ICANN 53 Review--
  1. ICANN 53 Review, Part One: IANA Transition and ICANN Accountability
  2. FBI and FTC Join ICANN, GAC, PSWG: ICANN 53 Review, Part Two
  3. ICANN is NOT a new gTLDs Marketing Agency: ICANN 53 Review, Part 3
Part One: the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability processes. As Domain Mondo expected all along, the words of Larry Strickling (US Department of Commerce, NTIA), have long been forgotten--for the ICANN community, it's no longer about (if it ever was) taking the time to get this right, but instead, speed--meeting its own self-imposed phantom deadline, which no longer is September 30, 2015, but is now something along the lines of  having the transition plan in the hands of the NTIA (US government) for review, approval, and implementation, so that the IANA Stewardship Transition is completed (finalized) on or before the ICANN 56 meeting, 27-30 June 2016. See: ICANN 53, IANA Transition Timeline, Fadi Chehade Keynote (video, slides).

CWG-Stewardship (Names community) was successful in getting its unfinished plan approved by the ICANN "chartering organizations" SO/ACs (supporting organizations and advisory committees), and into the hands of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) for follow-up review and coordination of that plan together with the plans submitted by the Numbers and Protocols communities. The ICG is to submit a final, complete "IANA Stewardship Transition Plan" to Larry Strickling, NTIA, together with the results of WS-1 of CCWG-Accountability (see below) which is hopeful to have its work completed by the time of ICANN 54 in Dublin (18-22 October 2015). The incomplete CWG-Stewardship transition plan was flagged by the ICG in its meeting just prior to ICANN 53, for an incompatibility with the CRISP (Numbers) Plan in regard to the IANA trademarks and domain name--see: IANA Trademarks and Domain Name, ICANN or IETF Trust?--and ICG wants a specific response from the CWG by "July 2 at 23:59 UTC" in regard to the IANA trademarks and domain name. Who dropped the ball? The CWG-Stewardship co-chairs? Read the two foregoing links, and then this. For follow-up, see the upcoming ICG meeting schedule.

Of course, even after the IANA transition is complete, the CCWG-Accountability (Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability) will move on from its current Work Stream 1 (WS-1)--enhancements necessary before the IANA transition takes place--to Work Stream 2 (WS-2), which may take years to complete.

A final note: at the public meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors on the final day of ICANN 53, the ICANN Board approved for payment the "invoice for $508,624.98 from Sidley Austin LLP for professional services rendered and expenses incurred [March 6] through March 31, 2015 for the CWG-Stewardship.

Embedded below are a selection of tweets in regard to all of the above by the very observant Samantha Dickinson:

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