CDT’s Chris Calabrese submitted the following statement to the Senate Commerce Committee for the hearing examining the IANA transition to the global multistakeholder community. The full statement can be read in the PDF version.
Chairman Thune, Ranking Member Nelson, and members of the Committee:
Thank you for the opportunity to submit these comments on behalf of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). CDT is a nonpartisan, nonprofit technology policy advocacy organization dedicated to protecting civil liberties and human rights on the internet and around the world. We have been fully involved in the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions transition since it was announced by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in March 2014. We have participated in both the Working Group on IANA stewardship as well as the Working Group on enhancing the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) accountability. Now that the IANA transition plan has been forwarded to NTIA for inter-agency review, CDT and others are reviewing the draft ICANN bylaws and participating in the implementation planning for the post-transition IANA. We are committed to ensuring that the transition fully reflects the intent of the multistakeholder community’s transition and accountability proposals.
Read the full statement in the PDF link to the right.