Sunday, 24 June 2007

ICANN posts procedures for independent review and information disclosure

In the guise of measures for transparency and independent review, Internet governing body ICANN has posted policies and procedures which would make explicit ICANN’s secrecy and lack of accountability to the public or to any independent body. In their fine print, these policies and procedures would violate ICANN’s Bylaw’s on transparency and independent review, and strip those provisions of the Bylaws of any practical meaning or value.

As part of its proposed “ICANN Accountability and Transparency Frameworks and Principles”, ICANN has proposed a new “Documentary Information Disclosure Policy”, and has posted a new link to a newly revised page on the ICANN Web site, which has new links to two pages on another Web site which are claimed to constitute the Independent Review Provider (IRP) and the procedures for independent review of decisions by ICANN.

Each of these pages was posted for the first time, or revised to add this information for the first time, on Saturday, 23 June 2007, just 1 day before the start of ICANN’s meetings in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and less than 7 days before the scheduled meeting of ICANN’s Board of Directors.

These newly-disclosed and/or newly-proposed information disclosure and independent review policies are the most important changes to ICANN’s policies for transparency, accountability, and procedural due process since the 2002 “reform” process and revisions to ICANN’s Bylaws.

I’ve posted as detailed comments to ICANN’s public forum as my time and the short notice permit, listing a few of the most obvious direct contradictions between the proposed policies and ICANN’s Bylaws.

[Update: Correction to my comments.]

Link | Posted by Edward on Sunday, 24 June 2007, 21:16 ( 9:16 PM)
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