Bringing order to chaos

If we were to apply themes to Internet governance world, the narrative for 2014-15 is definitely ‘change’. The governance ecosystem is knee deep in the IANA transition, with a few meetings and teleconferences of the IANA Transition Coordinating Group behind us, and a ramping up of activity around ICANN accountability and governance.

While the IANA transition and ICANN accountability processes are being conducted in parallel and independently, it’s important to note that not only are they related, they are dependent on one another.

The result is a dizzying array of meetings, teleconferences and conversations, all in a compressed period of time. It’s also a strain on community resources. To make some sense of it, I’ve put the following slide deck together. It illustrates the inputs into the processes leading up to the September 2015 deadline for a proposal to be submitted to the NTIA for the IANA transition, as well as the known processes on ICANN accountability and governance. The two additional slides show the timeline for this work, and the capacity needs to participate on the various committees and working groups.

Participation in these groups is voluntary – most of us have ‘day jobs’. The challenge we face is whether our community has enough ‘bandwidth’ to get the job done within the tight time constraints we are working under.