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Friday, November 13 • 09:00 - 10:30
WS 72 IANA functions transition:A New Era in Internet Governance?

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IANA functions transition has been the focus of the past year’s Internet governance discussions. The three operational communities who rely on the IANA functions (names, numbers and protocols) were asked to draft proposals on how the transition should take place. By the time the IGF will be held, the final proposal will probably have been submitted by the ICG to the U.S. Commerce Department NTIA, and it will be a suitable period to analyze the proposal’s level of public support, strengths, weaknesses and features in a multi-stakeholder manner at a non-ICANN venue. 

The IANA functions transition has been organized within the ICANN community. IGF is an appropriate venue to engage a broader range of stakeholder groups and understand their perspective. 

This workshop considers the commonalities and differences in the proposals from Names, Protocols and Numbers communities. It evaluates the transition process and discusses how different constituencies have handled the way ICANN combines policy making for Names and the operation of the IANA functions. 

The workshop also discusses the way the proposal will be received by stakeholder groups not normally part of the ICANN process, such as the US Congress, other governments and other stakeholder groups. How are they reacting to the final IANA functions transition proposal, what are their concerns, is there any interference with the transition? The workshop’s contribution will be to broaden consensus on IANA transition requirements.

Panellists and Agenda 

Opening (5 minutes)The moderator (MM) will begin with a brief overview of the IANA transition, and the ICG (combined) proposal
Introductions (10 minutes)Each panelist is introduced and briefly (1-2 minutes) explains how their stakeholder group relates to the IANA functions operator and what they see as the benefits or problems of the transition.
Jari Arkko, Ericsson Research, IETF Chair, ICG member
Brenden Kuerbis, Postdoctoral researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology
Izumi Okutani, Policy Liaison, JPNIC and CRISP team memberNarelle Clark, Deputy CEO, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and ICG member
Gangesh Varma, Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University, DelhiMary Uduma, Nigerian Communications Commission and ICG member
Keith Drazek, Verisign, Inc. and ICG member
Jandyr Ferreira dos Santos Junior, Government of Brazil, GAC representative



Session Organizers
avatar for Farzaneh Badiei

Farzaneh Badiei

Associate Researcher, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Farzaneh Badiei is an associate researcher at Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. She is finalizing her PhD at the Institute of Law and Economics, Hamburg University, Germany. Farzaneh’s research focuses on the institutional design of online private justice systems in commercial contexts. She is also interested in studying online intermediaries such as social networks and payment intermediaries and their justice systems, using a... Read More →
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Milton Mueller

Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
(TBC) Milton Mueller is Professor at the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Mueller received the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School in 1989. His research focuses on rights, institutions and global governance in communication and information industries. He is the author of two seminal books on Internet governance, Ruling the Root and Networks and States. Mueller was one of the founders of... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 09:00 - 10:30
Workshop Room 5

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