On 14 March 2014, the US Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the intention to transition the oversight of key Internet functions, including the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the global Internet multi-stakeholder community.
The NTIA currently contracts with ICANN to carry out the IANA functions and has a Cooperative Agreement with Verisign under which it performs related root zone management functions. Transitioning NTIA out of its role marks the final phase of the privatization of the DNS as outlined by the U.S. Government in 1997.
The Transition Process
The NTIA has asked ICANN to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). The NTIA expects that, in the development of the proposal, ICANN will work collaboratively with all directly affected parties, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), top level domain name operators, VeriSign, and other interested global stakeholders.
The NTIA has also stipulated that the proposal should reflect the following principles:
- Support and enhance the multi-stakeholder model
- Maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS
- Meet the needs and expectation of the global customers and partners of the IANA services
- Maintain the openness of the Internet
Further, the NTIA will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTIA role with a government-led or an inter-governmental organisation solution.
AFRINIC will work with AFRINIC Members, the African community, governments and other industry stakeholders throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean to facilitate discussion and formulate effective input into the oversight transition proposal to ensure that the region’s unique needs are taken into consideration. Discussion held at local and regional level will be fed into global consultations. AFRINIC, together with the other RIRs, will publish a global overview of all RIR community input in January 2015 and issue a call for comment.
Further, AFRINIC will inform the community of all developments and necessary actions in a timely fashion via this website, through its various mailing lists and in person at local, regional and global industry events.
Find out more about how you can have your say and stay up to date with the latest developments.
14 March 2014: NTIA announces intention to transition IANA oversight
23-24 April 2014: NETmundial Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance held; multistakeholder document published.
8 May 2014: Deadline for community feedback regarding NTIA’s oversight transition intentions.
25 May – 6 June 2014: AIS’14/AFRINIC 20 Public Policy Meeting; IANA Oversight Transition Workshop held to inform the community and to gather input on a way forward
22-26 June 2014: ICANN 50, London. Community consultations.
26 June 2014: Deadline for submission of names to serve on the IANA Oversight Transition Coordination Group; the five RIRs will select two representatives and the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) will select one representative to serve in this group.
10-12 July 2014: African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF), Nigeria; community consultations.
6-8 August 2014: West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF), The Gambia; community consultations.
1-5 September 2014: Global IGF, Istanbul; community consultations.
12-16 October 2014: ICANN 51, L.A. USA; community consultations.
22-28 November 2014: AFRINIC-21, Mauritius; community consultations
January 2015: Compilation of global RIR discussions published to the global Internet community and call for comments issued.
8-12 February 2015: ICANN 52, Africa region.
24 May - 5 June 2015: AFRINIC-22/AIS’15
21-25 June 2015: ICANN 53
30 September 2015: NTIA-ICANN contract expires.
Timeline of events and deadlines:
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Read background information about the IANA Oversight Transition here.