[arin-ppml] ARIN and the Evolution of the IANA Functions

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Sat Mar 22 21:24:48 EDT 2014

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From: John Curran [mailto:jcurran at arin.net] 

>  Your characterization: "eliminate the accountability"
>  The actual statement: "ensure appropriate accountability mechanisms"

The end of the IANA contract WILL eliminate the accountability that comes with NTIA as principal of the IANA contract and ICANN as agent. Factual and definite. 

In the I* statement, "ensure appropriate accountability mechanisms" is just a bunch of words in a statement. At best, it is a declaration of your intention to do something - as yet unspecified - to address the issue. So my characterization is accurate. The only known form of external accountability is being eliminated, and not replaced with anything definite.

What's especially telling, however, is that in your plan accountability is basically an afterthought, something that will, if we are lucky, be bolted on to the architecture of your solution. In the IGP plan, accountability via structural separation is at the core of the architecture. 

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