A new ICANN-Commerce Department deal: Does the public get to comment?

It is no secret that ICANN and the U.S. Commerce Department are engaged in intensive negotations over the future of their relationship as we approach the expiration of the current Joint Project Agreement. We have no inside information about what will happen, but we do suspect that there will be some kind of a new agreement that breaks some new ground. We have already seen the U.S. Congress openly ask for some kind of permanent charter or agreement (which of course we think would be a mistake) and such a new agreement could have long term consequences. Shouldn't ICANN's constituencies and participants be allowed to have their say before ICANN itself signs on to it?

3 comments

  1. Anonymous

    It would be interesting also to know what kind of conclusion the ICANN Board arrived to what the organization is all about during the recent retreat. Sounds like ICANN Board is positioning for whatever is coming with the new agreement.