[menog] ICANN Releases its Submission to the Midterm Review of the
Joint Project Agreement
baher.esmat at icann.org
Thu Jan 10 07:29:34 GMT 2008
The announcement below is regarding the agreement that ICANN has with the US
DoC. This agreement was signed in September 2006 for a 3-year term. The
mid-term review of the agreement will take place next March. NTIA has
initiated a process of public comments on what responsibilities ICANN has
achieved over the past 18 months and as identified in the agreement:
Comments are due on or before 15 Feb 2008.
If you are interested in the topic and/or intended to provide input to the
process, please read below and let me know if you have any questions.
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Subject: [alerts] ICANN News Alert -- ICANN Releases Its Submission to the
Midterm Review of the Joint Project Agreement
ICANN Releases Its Submission to the Midterm Review of the Joint Project
ICANN Board believes that JPA Responsibilities are being met
9 January 2008
MARINA DEL REY, Calif.: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers today made its formal submission to the Midterm Review of the Joint
Project Agreement (JPA) between ICANN and the United States Department of
The submission's main point is that the conclusion of the JPA would be a
further step in the transition envisioned since ICANN was established - one
of moving the Domain Name System to private-sector co-ordination.
"Ending the JPA will provide long-term stability and security for a model
that works," stated Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush in the ICANN Board
submission. "It will provide confidence to all participants that the
investment of time, thought and energy for over nine years has secured an
Internet coordination body that will always be owned by all stakeholders,
not managed or overseen by any one entity."
The U.S. Government has been committed to the transition of the DNS to the
private sector since 1998. Over this time there have been seven Memorandums
of Understanding between ICANN and the USG, and 13 status reports measuring
The submission also states that the completion of the JPA will clearly
signal that JPA and the MOUs before it have been successful.
"This success should be commemorated," Dengate Thrush stated in the Board's
ICANN's Board is encouraging the Internet Community to take part in the
Midterm Review before the 15 February 2008 deadline for submissions.
If you continue to believe, in full transition of the domain name system to
the private sector, and in an Internet that is co-ordinated not controlled,
now is the time to say so and be a part of the next step in that transition.
ICANN's entire submission
the Midterm Review [PDF,101K] including a table outlining the organization's
achievements on the 10
responsibilities of the JPA [PDF, 469K], is publicly available at
http://icann.org <http://www.icann.org/> .
A link to the Department of Commerce's Midterm Review is available online at
ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of
unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes
like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that
help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of
these resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global
stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's
ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized,
public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit:
www.icann.org <http://www.icann.org/> .
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E: jason.keenan at icann.org
International: Andrew Robertson
Ph: +44 7921 588 770
E: andrew.robertson at edelman.com
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