On October 26, NTIA Administrator David Redl sent a letter to ICANN Board of Directors Chair Cherine Chalaby raising a concern about an accountability deficit at ICANN. The letter states that "[r]ecent ICANN senior staff departures have highlighted that ICANN lacks post-employment restrictions," and recommends an immediate review as well as "cooling off periods" as a potential solution "to ensure that conflicts of interest or appearances of unethical behavior are minimized."
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Remarks of David J. Redl
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
ICANN 63 -- The Internet Technological Evolution and the Role and Impact of ICANN
October 22, 2018
--As Prepared for Delivery--
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will convene its quadrennial treaty-making conference in Dubai later this month. The ITU is a United Nations agency representing 193 countries that allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, manages international standards for telecommunications networks and technology, and works to improve access to these technologies in the areas of the world that do not have it.
Among other important agenda items during the three weeks of meetings that begin Oct. 29, the ITU will vote on its five elected leadership positions. The United States has put forward a candidate for one of those positions: Doreen Bogdan-Martin is running to lead the ITU Bureau of Telecommunication Development (BDT), which works to empower developing countries with tools to expand connectivity.
In “The Hill” today, Assistant Secretary David Redl outlines the case for Bogdan-Martin and why U.S. leadership at the ITU is essential: