[Iana-transition] What form of supervision is needed?

Jason Schiller jschiller at google.com
Thu Oct 16 13:25:46 EDT 2014

I think it is worth pointing out that the ICG RFP section III asks about
what current pre-transition oversight and accountability mechanism will
change in the post transition.

To the extent that these things do not change, and continue to be rooted in
well established structures with a long standing stable history and clear
delegation of authority, our job is easier.


On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:

> On Oct 16, 2014, at 9:30 AM, Richard Hill <rhill at hill-a.ch> wrote:
> > As far as I can tell, ICANN properly speaking does the following things
> with
> > respect to IP addresses:
> >
> > 1. Approves the creation of new RIRs
> > 2. Ratifies the policies approved by the RIRs
> >
> > And, through the IANA function, it does the following:
> >
> > 3. Allocates top-level IP address blocks to the RIRs
> > 4. Publishes those allocations on its web site
> >
> > One could envisage transferring all those functions to the NRO, which
> would
> > in effect mean that the RIRs would be supervising those functions.  Since
> > the RIRs are responsible to their members, that would mean that the
> members
> > of the RIRs would be supervising those functions.
> Richard -
> This is certainly possible, but it is worth noting that the NRO is a
> rather lightweight coordination function among the RIRs, allowing the
> RIRs to coordinate on matters such as "whether we'll have an joint RIR
> trade show booth at a given international conference", "can we work on
> one informational brochure on IPv4 runout/IPv6 rather than having five",
> "can we have a single joint number resource statistics report", etc.
> In these cases, each RIR is fulfilling each existing mission and operating
> plans, only coordinating with other RIRs to do so in a more efficient and
> consistent manner.  Ultimately, each RIR acts under its own authority on
> matters which are primarily outreach and operational in nature.
> Expanding the NRO to take on the functions listed could be done, but would
> represent a fairly substantial change in the level of responsibility, and
> may need to be accompanied by both organizational changes (e.g. actually
> incorporating the NRO) and accountability changes (e.g. more than simply
> to the RIR executive directors, as it is at present.)
> If this approach were to be promoted, it would be good to have ample
> discussion on this list first, including the aspects noted above.
> /John
> John Curran
> President and CEO
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