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CIRA Suspends Participation in ICANN

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has issued a public letter to ICANN calling on the organization to follow accountable, transparent, and fair processes. Until the concerns are addressed, CIRA says it is suspending its voluntary contributions to ICANN:

"In order to build and maintain trust and legitimacy, ICANN must establish and follow publicly documented and formally approved processes. These processes must be created in consultation with its stakeholders, in an accountable and transparent manner. It is important that ICANN adhere to, and be seen to adhere to, these processes at all times.

While the ICANN Board considers these concerns, and until they are remedied, CIRA will as of this date:

• Suspend its voluntary contribution of funds to ICANN;
• Hold in trust CIRA's voluntary contributions to ICANN;
• Suspend consideration of any Accountability Framework;
• Decline to host or be a major sponsor of any ICANN event;
• and Cease chairing the ccNSO's IANA Working Group."

This letter available in full on CIRA's website: "Open letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

Update: Response letter [PDF] from Paul Twomey, ICANN President and CEO to CIRA

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