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    • Dear Colleagues in the APNIC forum,
      As stated in the ianaxfer list, your feedback to our reponse is welcome
      and wxplicit expressing support to <ianaxfer@nro.net> would be extremely
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      Subject: Fwd: The CRISP Team Response to "CRISP - Process Concerns"
      Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 04:53:49 +0900
      From: Izumi Okutani <izumi@nic.ad.jp>
      To: ianaxfer@nro.net <ianaxfer@nro.net>
      Dear all,
      I would like to share the CRISP Team Response to "CRISP - Process
      Concerns", which has been posted to icg-forum.
      I welcome your comments and feedback about our reponse which is likely
      to be a reference to the ICG.
      Explicit expressing support would be extremely helpful as well.
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      Subject: The CRISP Team Response to "CRISP - Process Concerns"
      Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 04:37:01 +0900
      From: Izumi Okutani <izumi@nic.ad.jp>
      To: icg-forum@icann.org
      Dear ICG members,
      On 22 January 2015 Guru Acharya wrote to the icg-forum list with a
      number of concerns about the CRISP team process.
      The CRISP Team was not able to confirm concrete evidence/facts on these
      concerns, as explained below.
      We also note that while present as an observer on a number of CRISP
      teleconferences, we did not observe Guru Archaya raising any of these
      concerns on ianaxfer@nro.net mailing list or on any of the regional
      community lists on which the CRISP process was being discussed.
      Guru Acharya writes:
      > I would like to highlight the following concerns about the process
      > by CRISP, which disqualify it from satisfying the criteria of following a
      > bottom-up multi-stakeholder process as mandated by the NTIA.
      > 1) Top-down composition and selection of CRISP team: The CRISP team was a
      > closed group selected by the RIR executive committee by way of an
      > process. Interested participants were excluded from the working group if
      > they did not successfully qualify for the interviews conducted by the RIR
      > executive committee. The selection criteria for the candidates was
      not made
      > public by the RIR executive committee. This is important given that
      > non-CRISP participants were excluded from the decision-making process.
      Before setting up the CRISP Team, RIRs published the process for
      producing a single proposal from the global IP addressing community to
      the NTIA, and there was an opportunity for discussions on the public
      <ianaxfer@nro.net> mailing list as below:
      On 16 October the five RIRs published a process for producing a single
      proposal from the global IP addressing community to the NTIA.
      According to this process the CRISP team would consist of 15 members,
      two appointees from each RIR region who are not RIR staff, and one RIR
      staff member from each region, who shall assist with the submission
      development effort. Each RIR was to appoint their CRISP team members by
      a method of its own choosing by 15 November 2014. There was some
      discussion on the public <ianaxfer@nro.net> mailing list on 21 October
      about standardising a CRISP team selection process across all five RIR
      regions, but no broader community support was expressed for this change.
      Following this announcement each of the five RIRs announced an open call
      for participants, to which any one could express their interest, as well
      as the process according to which the selection of the CRISP members
      would be conducted. The process and relevant announcements of each RIR
      are described in the Internet Number Community Response to the ICG RFP
      (sections VI.B.1-VI.B.5 on "Community Process").
      In most cases the RIR executive committees made the final selection of
      CRISP representatives from community volunteers. At no point in the
      process were any explicit objections raised to any of the CRISP team
      members, nor were any appeals made by volunteers not selected to join
      the CRISP team.
      > 2) Top-down decision-making by the CRISP team: While the general
      public was
      > invited to provide comments for the draft proposals prepared by
      CRISP, they
      > were excluded from the decision-making process. Commenters were merely
      > informed that their input had either been accepted or rejected by the
      > team after due consideration. Notably, non-CRISP participants were not
      > allowed to contribute to CRISP's tele-conferences or CRISP's internal
      > mailing list, where the actual decision-making took place. Mere
      > consultation of the general public without their involvement in the
      > decision-making process does not constitute a bottom-up multi-stakeholder
      > process.
      Each of the RIR communities had conducted discussions on the IANA
      stewardship transition for the IANA Numbering Services and the role of
      the CRISP Team is to consolidate it as a single global proposal.
      The proposal to establish a CRISP team was distributed to all of the RIR
      communities and the <ianaxfer@nro.net> mailing list established on 16
      October 2015. The first CRISP team teleconference was held on 9 December
      2015. This provided the community with nearly two months during which
      they could comment on or object to any elements of the proposal to set
      up the CRISP team (as noted above, there was some discussion around 21
      October relating to CRISP team selection processes, but there was not
      community support for changing the proposed process).
      The CRISP team members agreed with the arrangements laid out in the
      proposal (while developing some additional mechanisms, including the
      internal CRISP mailing list and a working definition of quorum for the
      group). CRISP team members also understood a key part of their role to
      be facilitating input from the regional communities, and this was
      evident throughout the process - teleconference notes from the third
      teleconference onwards record various CRISP team members conveying input
      from their regional mailing lists.
      Invitations to join the CRISP Team Teleconferences as observers were
      sent to <ianaxfer@nro.net> mailing list, which were forwarded to mailing
      lists of RIR regions by the CRISP Team members.
      Subscription to <ianaxfer@nro.net> mailing list was open to anyone, and
      there was no restrictions on posting comments to the list, including
      making comments about the CRISP Team discussions at any of the CRISP
      Team Teleconferences.
      A concrete record of all the concerns raised by the community on various
      mailing lists was prepared by the CRISP team and made available at:
      This spreadsheet indicated the issue, the initial mail in which the
      issue was raised, the CRISP team's discussion of the issue and the
      current CRISP team position. This clearly demonstrates that the process
      of community participation facilitated by the CRISP team worked smoothly
      to address a wide range of community input throughout the process.
      > 3) Lack of information and transparency: The CRISP team had two mailing
      > lists. The mailing list used internally by the CRISP team was a closed
      > mailing list that was not publicly archived till after the proposal was
      > finalised. This resulted in community evaluation of the process and
      > proposal in the absence of requisite information about the reasons
      for any
      > decisions.
      As noted in the initial CRISP team proposal and charter, "The CRISP team
      shall also work through a public mailing list and the archive of such
      mailing list will be publicly available. The name of the mailing list
      will be <ianaxfer@nro.net>.
      At its initial teleconference, CRISP team members suggested that a
      separate mailing list for use by CRISP team members only would be useful
      in the interest of efficiency and to allow quick editing iterations on
      the proposed response.
      While there was general agreement, concerns about transparency were also
      noted, resulting in a commitment to publish archives of the internal
      list at the time of publishing the first draft (19 December 2014). The
      archive was publicly available from this point and some CRISP team
      members shared a link to the archive with their communities directly. A
      direct link to this mailing list archive was posted to the ianaxfer
      mailing list and on the NRO CRISP webpage after 8 January 2015 due to an
      oversight, while the archives were publicly made available when the
      first draft of the proposal was published on 19 December.
      The archive of the internal mailing list is available at:
      It is possible to confirm from our announcements that links to the
      archives of the CRISP team mailing list was intended to be shared from
      publication of the first draft proposal:
       "Details of all the CRISP team's work to date, including recordings,
        minutes and agendas of all CRISP teleconferences and a public archive
        of the internal CRISP team mailing list, are available at:
      > 4) Refusal to deal with essential aspects of the proposal: The CRISP team
      > refused to deal with essential aspects of proposal such as the contract
      > renewal process, contract duration, jurisdiction, arbitration process,
      > review process, high level details of the contract, intellectual property
      > rights, charter of the review team and service levels. The CRISP team
      > these essential aspects as outside the scope of the CRISP mandate. If the
      > CRISP mandate is indeed so limited, then its incomplete proposal
      should be
      > returned to the RIR community with the suggestion of expanding the
      > of the CRISP team. Note that the charter of the CRISP team, which was
      > prepared by the NRO EC in a top-down manner, does not suggest that such
      > essential aspects should be excluded from the proposal. This limited
      > interpretation of the agenda and issues by the CRISP team is against the
      > ethos of a bottom-up multi-stakeholder process.
      As noted above, a concrete record of all the concerns raised by the
      community on various mailing lists was prepared by the CRISP team and
      made available at:
      This spreadsheet, the records and notes from CRISP teleconferences and
      the archived mails on both the internal and public mailing lists
      demonstrate that the CRISP team closely considered all issues, concerns
      or suggestions raised by the community via ianaxfer@nro.net or the
      regional discussion lists. Where specific suggestions were not reflected
      in the proposal, detailed justification was provided to the community
      via the ianaxfer mailing list.
      While the CRISP team did note certain constraints on its remit, as it
      understood that remit, the issues noted by Guru Acharya were addressed
      specifically in the following mails to the public <ianaxfer@nro.net>
      mailing list:
      Contract details in general, including renewal process, duration:
      Arbitration process:
      Review process:
      Intellectual property rights:
      Charter of the review team:
      While developing the proposal, the CRISP team was conscious about its
      remit and responsibility. In the process of addressing issues and the
      elements of the proposal the team felt that it was important to identify
      the critical components and implementation requirements, rather than
      work out the actual implementation details. Our position was that the
      latter should be developed by qualified RIR legal teams following the
      best practices in this field. As stated in the response to the ICG "The
      RIRs, as the contractual party of this agreement, will draft the
      specific language of this agreement. During the drafting process, the
      RIRs are expected to consult their respective RIR communities, and that
      the drafting process will be guided by the principles listed below."
      [Response to the ICG RFP on the IANA from the Internet Number Community,
      We believe that the proposal submitted to the ICG meets the expectations
      of the numbers community, while not extending into areas beyond the
      authority or expertise of the CRISP team.
      I hope that this effectively addresses the issues raised in this email,
      and I would be happy to expand further on any issues you feel could
      benefit from more explanation.
      Yours sincerely,
      Izumi Okutani
      Chair, the CRISP Team