Assessing the ICANN JPA

Robin Gross robin at IPJUSTICE.ORG
Tue Jan 22 00:11:24 CET 2008

One thing ICANN could do to gain some legitimacy to govern would be
to incorporate into it's operation principles agreed to in the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, such as freedom of expression
and individual privacy.   But there is a lot of pressure on ICANN to
do just the opposite unfortunately.


On Jan 21, 2008, at 12:39 PM, Dan Krimm wrote:

> At 4:30 PM +0900 1/21/08, Adam Peake wrote:
>> I hope the NCUC will support ICANN's response to the JPA, that it
>> should be concluded, but we should also require continued independent
>> oversight to assess bylaws compliance, progress with milestones, etc.
> If so, these positions should be contingently linked -- NCUC
> support for
> concluding the JPA might be given *only if* continued independent
> oversight
> is *put in place and in effect* at that moment of JPA conclusion to
> take
> over.
> Inextricably joined at the hip.
> So, then the question is what kind of new independent oversight
> should be
> created.  And, of course, this is the key accountability question.
> This is
> the horse that must be put before the cart.
> Dan
> PS -- In this scenario, NCUC should also determine what
> characteristics a
> new independent oversight structure should have, in order for NCUC to
> support it.  Not just any old oversight structure will be genuinely
> accountable.  What structural characteristics would NCUC require of
> a new
> system of independent oversight in order to accept such oversight as
> accountable?
> There could be a chicken-egg issue here, but I don't know for sure.
> --
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