ICANN: Bridging the Trust Gap - 01 Mar 2015

ICANN: Bridging the Trust Gap is a paper commissioned by CIGI - The Global Commission on Internet Governance and Chatham House about the proposed transfer of IANA oversight away from the US government and the controversial relationship between the US Government and ICANN

This paper addresses the proposed transfer of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) oversight away from the US government. The background section explores how the technical architecture of critical Internet resources has certain governance implications, introduces the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its relationship with the US government through the IANA function and the Af´Čürmation of Commitments.


  • IANA, the story so far
  • ICANN and the IANA
  • IANA stewardship
  • Risk of Fragmentation of IANA
  • Links to ICANN’s general accountability
  • ICANN’s transparency: Where are we now?
Download this report

This report is available as a free download from this website.


  • Publisher: Chatham House
  • File Type: PDF
  • Page Count: 27
  • File Size: 3.6 MB