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NTIA IANA Functions’ Stewardship Transition

Please visit the new pages for the NTIA IANA Function's Stewardship Transition.

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Shortly after the NTIA announcement of 14 March 2014, ICANN launched a multistakeholder process and discussion to gather community views and input on the principles and mechanisms for the IANA functions stewardship transition process.

Following a month-long call for input on the community-driven draft proposal, on June 6, ICANN posted the Process to Develop the Proposal and Next Steps (see announcement). An overview of community input, the composition of the Coordination Group, a call for names, as well as other process-related topics can be found here.

Each community represented in the Coordination Group is invited to fill in a submission form by 2 July – 23:59 UTC to announce its representatives in the Coordination Group. The form should be completed to reflect the number of seats allocated to each community.

  1. NTIA Announcement

  2. ICANN Announcement (14 March 2014)

  3. Internet Technical Organizations News Release

  4. ICANN Leadership Reacts

  5. Frequently Asked Questions about the Transition

  6. Reactions from Around the World

  7. Laying the Groundwork for the IANA Transition (Blog)

  8. Public Consultation Process (14 March 2014)

  9. Call for Public Input: Draft Proposal, Based on Initial Community Feedback, of the Principles and Mechanisms and the Process to Develop a Proposal to Transition NTIA's Stewardship of the Functions (8 April 2014)

  10. Transition of NTIA's Stewardship of the IANA Functions – Process to Develop the Proposal and Next Steps (6 June 2014)

    See announcement:

  11. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority Functions Fact Sheet

  12. Getting Involved and Frequently Asked Questions – A Transition Infographic

  13. The IANA In 180 Seconds: A Video Explanation with Elise Gerich

  14. Myths and Facts about the NTIA Announcement

  15. The IANA Functions Explained – New ICANN Infographic


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