[bestbits] Civil Society Letter on IANA Transition

Niels ten Oever lists at digitaldissidents.org
Wed May 25 11:03:53 EDT 2016

Hi all, and specifically Pranesh,

I am a bit surprised by you coming out so strongly against this letter.
Especially since CIS has significantly contributed to the work in ICANNs
CCWG on accountability in general and in the CCWP HR specifically.

When suddenly the letter from Rubio and Cruz against a ICANN human
rights commitment, and against the transition of oversight away from USG
to the international community came out, there was sense of urgency to
react to this before the congressional hearing yesterday.

As you all know, the CCWG proposal is now under review by NTIA and congress.

So I would have thought that Pranesh would support efforts to ensure the
work of civil society in ICANN in general and the work of CIS in
specific, would make it's way through.

There is a significant chance that the transition might not go through,
and then the situation would be worse than what we have now, I hope you
all agree with me on that.

So indeed the process wasn't very clean, but a proper process would not
have delivered the letter in time for the hearing, which would have
defeated it's purpose. This is a way of getting more sign on from
people, as well as discussion.

As you probably all have noticed it has been terribly silent on the
BestBits list recently, so I hope that some positive action is also

All the best,


On 05/25/2016 10:11 AM, Pranesh Prakash wrote:
> Dear all,
> I recently came across this:
> http://bestbits.net/iana-transition/
> However, I never saw its contents being discussed on this list.  Did I
> somehow fail to receive those messages?
> I am quite concerned about the way the letter takes an uncritical global
> North approach to the IANA transition, and refuses to contend with the
> power dynamics at play.
>> The undersigned civil society and public interest groups believe that
>> the IANA transition is a positive development for the Domain Name
>> System and for the Internet at large, and that the process to develop
>> the transition proposal has been a successful expression of
>> multistakeholder approaches to Internet decision-making.
> I have pointed out in the past that this IANA transition process fails
> the requirements of the NetMundial Statement, and was primarily led by
> corporate interests in the US, and men:
> http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/blog/global-multistakeholder-community-neither-global-nor-multistakeholder
> Regards,
> Pranesh
> ____________________________________________________________
> You received this message as a subscriber on the list:
>      bestbits at lists.bestbits.net.
> To unsubscribe or change your settings, visit:
>      http://lists.bestbits.net/wws/info/bestbits

Niels ten Oever
Head of Digital

Article 19

PGP fingerprint    8D9F C567 BEE4 A431 56C4
                   678B 08B5 A0F2 636D 68E9

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: signature.asc
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 473 bytes
Desc: OpenPGP digital signature
URL: <http://lists.igcaucus.org/pipermail/bestbits/attachments/20160525/cca3053c/attachment.sig>

More information about the Bestbits mailing list