Does the IANA transition constitute a transfer of US Government Property?

Early this year, it appeared as if the U.S. Congress was going to be taking an intelligent and constructive approach to the IANA transition. Led by Senators Thune and Rubio, Congress asserted its oversight authority over NTIA to help ensure that the transition settlement provided adequate accountability mechanisms for ICANN....

GAC as “first among equals:” the danger in the accountability plan

How will ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) handle the dilemma it has been put into by the community empowerment mechanism? The dilemma I am referring to is this: does the GAC want to participate in the community empowerment mechanism as an organization, with voting seats, or does it want to...

CCWG Community Mechanism threatens to upset ICANN balance

The  Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG) has released a second draft for public comment.  While the group has been enormously successful debating and coming to consensus on key areas (e.g., strengthening the Independent Review Process and Reconsideration processes), there continue to be some sticking points where...

Why the Post-Transition IANA should be a nonprofit public benefit corporation

The comment period for the names proposal developed by the Cross-community Working Group (CWG) on IANA stewardship transition will conclude in a few days.  The CWG has resolved the internal-external debate with a middle ground, a Post-Transition IANA (PTI) that is a legally separate affiliate of ICANN that would manage...