Firstly, he insisted that NTIA is "not transferring the stewardship to ICANN, but to everyone in this community who must work together." Instead, ICANN will lead a transparent dialogue among the governments, private sector and civil society as well as establish a governing body that is globally accountable, explained Chehadé in his blog.
Next, Chehadé denied that the transfer was in response to the Edward Snowden leaks about the National Security Agency and its policies as the ICANN and the U.S. government had envisioned this transfer since 15 years ago. However, he mentioned that the Snowden incident did highlight the importance of Internet governance to enterprises and governments.
Chehadé also asserted that the transfer will not affect the functionality of the Internet as the coordination of the IANA functions will remain unchanged. End users will thus not experience any changes. "Security, stability and resiliency of the Internet will always be ICANN's number one priority."
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