IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG)

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1- On 14 March 2014 the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global multi-stakeholder community Looking for proposal on how NTIA should end its oversight of the IANA functions

2- NTIA asked ICANN as the IANA functions contractor (on behave of NTIA) and as global coordinator for the Domain Name System (DNS) to convene a multi-stakeholder process to develop a proposal for the transition.

3- After broad consultations, ICANN (the contractor of IANA on behaves of NTIA) has in turn created the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG).

4- ICG solicited proposals for the three major IANA functions: names, numbers, and protocol parameters and according to the 4 pillars of NTIA mentioned below

What Must the Proposal to Transition NTIA’s Role Address?

NTIA specified that the transition proposal must have broad community support and meet the following principles:

4.1- Supports and enhances the multi-stakeholder model;

4.2- Maintains the security, stability and resiliency of the DNS;

4.3- Meets the expectations of affected parties; and,

4.4- Maintains the openness of the Internet.

5- The ICG is comprised of 30 individuals representing 13 communities. Those communities include direct and indirect stakeholders. Direct stakeholders are those with direct operational or service relationships with the IANA functions operator; that is internet names, numbers and protocol parameters. Indirect stakeholders are all the other interested and affected parties. ICG members were selected by their respective communities according to their own processes. ICG members are listed here.

6- NTIA will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTIA role with a government-led or an inter-governmental organization solution.

7- The broad based public discussion has produced so far a number of options for possible solutions. The plan is that the ICG will bring the various ideas into a reasonable and workable plan which will match the criteria of the US government and send it later via the ICANN Board to the NTIA.

8- The ICANN 52 meetings in Singapore (February 2015) and Buenos Aires 53 (June 2015) are great opportunities to discuss in open and transparent  the proposals which will finally enable the US government to decide whether it will move towards a transition or renew the existing contract by September 2015 when the IANA contract WILL expires.

9- In the Internet microcosm (the management of names and numbers) the key issue will be how the so-called IANA functions will be transferred to an accountable multistakeholder mechanism without compromising the security and stability of the Internet.

10- In the Internet macrocosm (the management of Internet related public policies) the key issue will be how the multistakeholder governance approach will be further enhanced to find practical solutions for the growing number of political, economic, social, cultural and legal Internet problems, inter alia be renewing the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).


What does the ICG do or will do?

The ICG's mission is to coordinate the development of a proposal amongst the communities affected by the IANA functions. The coordination group has four main tasks:

  1. Act as liaison to all interested parties:
    1. Soliciting proposals from the operational communities
    2. Soliciting the input of the broad group of communities affected by the IANA functions
  2. Assess the outputs of the three operational communities for compatibility and interoperability
  3. Assemble a complete proposal for the transition
  4. Information sharing and public communication



Some important definition linked to ICG

 NTIA It is the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) agency @ U.S. Government regulates the telecommunications industry in USA. NTIA signed contracts with ICANN to carry out the IANA Functions..

What is ICANN?

ICANN 1988 (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the private (non-government) non-profit corporation with responsibility for IP address space allocation, Protocol parameter assignment, Domain name system management, Root server system management functions

 ICANN is the current operator of the IANA functions, is obligated by the NTIA agreement to carry out management of the global IP address and AS Number pools according to policies developed by the communities.

What is IANA?

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is a department of ICANN responsible for coordinating some of the key elements that keep the Internet running smoothly. It is a nonprofit private American corporation.  

IANA is responsible for the global coordination of the DNS Root, IP addressing, and other Internet protocol that drive the Internet


 IANA’s activities can be broadly grouped into three categories:

1- Domain Names

IANA manages the DNS Root Zone (assignments of ccTLDs and gTLDs) along with other functions such as the .int and .arpa zones.

2- Number Resources

IANA coordinates the global pool of IP and AS numbers, providing them to Regional Internet Registries.

3- Protocol Assignments

IANA is the central repository is managing the protocol name and number registries used in many Internet protocols.  

Top-level domain (TLD) is one of the domains at the highest level in the hierarchical Domain Name System of the Internet.  it is the last part of the domain name. For example, in the domain name www.example.com, the top-level domain is com

 There are different types of TLDs.

1-  gTLDs, which includes sTLDs and brand TLDs.

2-  ccTLDs

3-  geoTLDs

1-  Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) is an internet domain name extension with three or more characters. There are currently 21 gTLDs in the root zone of the Internet and they are categorized as:

a-       generic (.com, .info, .net, .org,), which can be used for general purposes;

b-       Sponsored Top level Domain (sTLD) is a special category has sponsor for specific purposes. Top level domain sponsors may belong to a specific ethnic community, professional group, or geographical location.  (.aero, .asia, .cat, .coop, .edu, .gov, .int, .jobs, .mil, .mobi, .tel, .travel,), which can only be used by entities engaged within the specific industry;

c-       generic restricted (.biz, .name, .pro), which can be use only for their specified purposes  

d-       infrastructure (.arpa), which is exclusively used to support operationally-critical infrastructural identifier spaces and it is operated by IANA.[1] Originally assigned to the Advanced Research Projects Agency in the early days on the Internet, .arpa is now exclusively used as an Internet infrastructure

2- Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) are two-letter Internet top-level domains (TLDs) specifically designated for a particular country, sovereign state or autonomous territory for use to service their community

3- A Geo TLD is a top level domain name category created by ICANN denoting geographical, geopolitical, ethnic, social or cultural representation. Currently, .asia (represents the Asian continent), .cat (represents the Catalan language) and .eu (represents the countries in the European Union) are considered geo TLDs. 

A Brand TLD is an innovative type of top level domain name (TLD) that is made possible through the implementation of ICANN's new gTLD Program. A Brand TLD provides the opportunity for branded corporations to use their corporate name as their website's top-level identifier instead of using a more traditional .com or .biz domain space. For example, Apple Inc, may use www.iPhone.apple instead of www.iPhone.com. In an interview, former ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom explained that the .brand domain is just like a logo change and a new

ICANN 52 meetings Locations

1- The meeting is strategically located in the heart of Singapore @ the Raffles City Convention Centre which is positioned near luxurious hotel Raffles Hotel, and the adjoining Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel Stamford Hotels.

Address is 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103  telephone is +65 6338 7766

2-  Carlton hotel (5 minutes walk from raffle convention centre)

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