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Accountability in MultiStakeholdr Governance Regime ICANN

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No. 23 Accountability in MultiStakeholdr Governance Regime ICANN

Robin Gross

IP Justice

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Critical Internet Resources


Discussion of how accountability goals are achieved at ICANN under its multi-stakeholder governance processes. To whom is ICANN accountable and what are the mechanisms for ensuring that accountability is adequate? In what way do these mechanisms need strengthening or further improvements, particularly in light of NTIA’s announcement to transition out its current role? How do checks and balances on power, such as structural separation of key DNS operations encourage accountability? How have ICANN’s Affirmation of Commitments and the Accountability and Transparency Review Team fostered (or undermined) accountability goals at ICANN? What lessens were learned from the AoC and ATRT processes on achieving accountability under a multi-stakeholder governance regime? What is the role of ICANN's Ombudsman Office in achieving accountability for the institution?

Webpage with more details for WS #23: http://ipjustice.org/wp/2014/08/21/igf-2014-workshop-23-accountability-in-the-icann-multi-stakeholder-governance-regime/

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

CGI.BR, Hartmut Glaser, Technical Community

Public Interest Registry (PIR), Paul Diaz, Private Sector

InternetNZ, Jordan Carter, Technical Community

Internet Governance Project, Brenden Kuerbis, Civil Society / Academic

Internet Commerce Association, Philip Corwin, Private Sector

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#accountability #ICANN #IANA transition #transparency

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Name: Larry Strickling
Stakeholder group: Government
Organization: US Govt. Commerce Dept. NTIA

Name: Pat Kane
Stakeholder group: Private sector
Organization: Verisign

Name: Gonzalo Navarro
Stakeholder group: Technical community
Organization: ICANN

Name: Avri Doria
Stakeholder group: Civil society
Organization: Former Member of ICANN Accountability & Transparency Review Team 2

Name: Carlos Afonso
Stakeholder group: Technical community
Organization: CGI.BR

Name: Chris LaHatte
Stakeholder group: Technical community
Organization: ICANN Ombudsman Office

Name: Jordan Carter
Stakeholder group: technical community
Organization: InternetNZ

Name of Moderator(s)

Robin Gross, IP Justice

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

David Cake, Electronic Frontiers Australia

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

Brief introductory remarks from each panelist followed by moderator directed panel discussion and then questions from the audience and remote participants. This panel should be very interactive with discussion among panelists and with the audience participants.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Remote participants may ask questions or make comments on Twitter with the specific panel hashtag. Questions or comments can also be taken via FaceBook and Adobe Connect meeting software. We'll advertise these hash tags in advance so questions and comments can begin even before the panel begins.

Background paper

No background paper provided

Brief substantive summary of the workshop and presentation of the main issues that were raised during the discussions

The various accountability mechanisms available in the ICANN multi-stakeholder governance regime were discussed including the Independent Review Panel Process, Reconsideration Request Process, Ombudsman's Office and their various shortcomings. The panelists discussed the biggest challenges they see to improving ICANN's accountability mechanisms and issues related to the lack of an independent accountability mechanism. Workshop participants also discussed the relationship between the US NTIA stewardship transition and the accountability crisis at ICANN.

Conclusions drawn from the workshop and possible follow up actions

Panelists and workshop participants agreed to explore the creation of an IGF Dynamic Coalition on the issue of Accountability for Internet Governance Institutions. Those interested in exploring the coalition should contact workshop organizer Robin Gross to robin (at) injustice.org.

Estimation of the overall number of participants present at the workshop


Estimation of the overall number of women present at the workshop

about half of the participants were women

Extent to that the workshop discuss gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

it was mentioned briefly in the presentations and discussions

A brief summary of the discussions in case that the workshop addressed issues related to gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

No information provided

Reported by

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Workshop transcript


Youtube video



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