Engaging the Communities

 The NTIA announcement in March 2014 asked ICANN to convene a global multi-stakeholder process to develop a proposal for transition of the current NTIA oversight role. The five RIR communities are key stakeholders in this process - it is vital that these issues be discussed within the RIR communities and that all interested parties have an opportunity to contribute their ideas and suggestions.

Developing a RIPE Community Position

In the RIPE community, the RIPE Cooperation Working Group will serve as the primary venue for discussion, both as a mailing list and at RIPE Meetings. The RIPE NCC will work with the Cooperation Working Group Co-chairs to facilitate these discussions and ensure that their output is effectively channeled into the global process.


The RIPE Cooperation Working Group will meet at RIPE 69 in London on Thursday, 6 November, at 11:00 UTC. Remote participation is available via the RIPE 69 website.

Past Discussion at RIPE Community Events (Click to Expand)

RIPE 68 Cooperation Working Group Session, 15 May 2014

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Attendance: Approximately 150

Major points coming out of the discussion:

  1. The RIR communities need to assert their ownership of issues regarding the distribution and registration of Internet number resources. This transition is an opportunity to more solidly formalise that ownership, with minimal change to the existing policy-making and operational processes.
  2. While the IANA functions (as a bundle) present a number of complex issues, identifying a future model for the IANA Internet number registry functions should be straightforward. The policy-making and operational processes relating to the IANA Internet number registry functions are solid and have been in place for many years, and they have never included an explicit oversight role for the NTIA.
  3. The Regional Internet Registries must ensure that their processes and policies are clearly defined, well documented, transparent and accessible.
  4. While the RIPE NCC will facilitate discussion of these issues throughout the service region (including at community regional events), the RIPE Cooperation Working Group will serve as the central venue for RIPE community discussion and development of any proposal relating to the future of the IANA functions.


Some additional points made during the discussion:

  • Speakers reported on the progress of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in establishing their ownership and authority over protocol parameter registries maintained by IANA.
  • Several speakers noted the dangers arising from this process, particularly the potential for an outcome that does not solidly define and protect the community-driven, bottom-up control and development of IANA policy.
  • Several speakers noted the interest that governments throughout the world are taking in this process and that government voices will be a factor in the final outcome.
  • Several speakers stressed the importance of reaching RIPE community consensus on a proposal or position, with this process potentially seen as a test-case for bottom-up policy making.
  • Several speakers argued strongly that any RIR proposal should aim to separate the IANA number management functions from oversight of the other IANA functions.

ENOG 7, 27 May 2014

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation

Attendance: Approximately 150


Major points coming out of the discussion:

  • Additional ways in which the RIPE NCC interacts with the IANA include reverse DNS and running the K-root name server.
  • It is important to note that the oversight function will not transition to a government-based body.
  • The technical community has not had any issues with the U.S. government's conduct of its oversight of these functions for the past 20+ years - any new model should not complicate the current system and processes.
  • The RIPE NCC is not interested in DNS operations and should not be put under that umbrella.
  • The community should ensure that operators are protected from possible commercial interests, given that some of ICANN’s activities, such as the registration of domain names, are profit-making.

IPv6 Day and More, 6 June 2014

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation

Attendance: Approximately 90


During the RIPE NCC presentation on IPv6 adoption, Maxim Burtikov noted the ongoing RIPE community discussion on development of future IANA oversight mechanisms, referencing the presentation delivered at ENOG 7.

Major points coming out of the discussion:

  • There was little discussion during the session, but participants welcomed the additional information on how to participate in the community process.

RIPE NCC Regional Meeting Almaty, 9 June 2014

Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Attendance: Approximately 105 total (approximately 60 in the room during the IANA discussion)


Major points coming out of the discussion:

  • There was broad awareness of IANA amongst meeting participants.
  • There was little discussion during the session, but participants welcomed the additional information on how to participate in the community process.

ENOG 8, 9 September 2014

Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

Attendance: Approximately 120


RIPE NCC provided an update on the RIPE community discussion on development of an IANA oversight proposal.

Major points coming out of the discussion:

  • The presentation included an explanation of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) and plans to combine the output of the five RIR communities to develop a single proposal for oversight of the IP address-related IANA functions.
  • The ENOG audience indicated some familiarity with the IANA functions, and the ongoing stewardship discussions.
  • The was a question regarding redress mechanisms in the event that ICANN violates its own by-laws. An ICANN representative noted that a process to address such a situation is currently being developed.

Discussion in the Other RIR Communities

Each of the five RIR communities is discussing an IANA proposal via their own open forums and events. Information on how to engage with each of the different communities is available on the NRO website:


Developing the Global Process

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has been formed to convene the global process for developing a single proposal to the NTIA. The following information has been published by the ICG:


Earlier Steps in the Process (Click to Expand)


The ICANN IANA Transition list [ianatransition _at_ icann _dot_ org] will serve as a global venue for discussion of an IANA transition proposal.

Discussion in Other Venues

ICANN 49 (23-27 March 2014, Singapore):


ICANN 50 (22-26 June 2014, London) [RIPE NCC summary]


IETF 90 (20-25 July, Toronto, Canada)


Internet Governance Forum 2014 (2-5 September 2014, Istanbul, Turkey)

  • Main Session - IANA Functions / NTIA stewardship transition ICANN's accountability process [transcript | video]

Input Timeline

The timeline below indicates meetings and venues where discussion of an IANA proposal is likely to take place.

Timeline of key events through 2014-2015 where the IANA oversight transition will be discussed.

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