The ICANN note specifies that ICANN's
operations (in broad summary) cover:
1. General operational functions (such as IP address
allocation, maintaining the DNS root zone file).
gTLD administrative functions (such as registrar
accreditation, supervising the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy).
ccTLD administrative functions (such as requests for delegation and redelegation).
Policy coordination for infrastructure security.
5.1. IP address and AS number allocation,
5.2 ccTLD global policy
5.3. Protocol numbering via the IANA
5.4 gTLD registry-level policies.
The Names Council specified the following existing
functions of ICANN where the NC would like ICANN to do
better in carrying them out:
- ccTLD administrative functions
- root server administration
- Registry and Registrar contract enforcement with respect
to intellectual property and other existing conditions.
Recommendation 1: Create clearly
delineated divisions within ICANN responsible for the administration of
certain technical functions. This would [ free up top-level
ESTABLISH SEPARATE STAFF FUNCTIONS/REPORTING
STRUCTURES to address policy
functions and [ leave
]administrative /OPERATIONAL FUNCTIONS [staff
free to fulfil an explicit set of tasks ].
The Names Council [ felt ] NOTED
that [ the ] SOME
[ greatest ] danger of mission creep lay
in EXTENDING the areas of security,
consumer protection and the creation of infrastructure for at-large
Recommendation 2. ICANN's mission should not be
extended beyond that outlined in the note "What ICANN