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Public Comments Opens Today: Questions to the Community on Accountability and Transparency within ICANN

18 May 2010

Explanation/Background: In the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), ICANN commits to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making will reflect the public interest and be accountable to all stakeholders. The AoC Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) is in the process of analyzing stakeholder and community input that has been submitted on these topics prior to the AoC (i.e. comments on Improving Institutional Confidence, submissions to the NTIA NOI on expiration of the JPA, etc.). However, the ATRT would also like to understand if there are new inputs or changes in stakeholder views since the establishment of the AoC.

The Initial Questions from the ATRT can be found here:  http://www.icann.org/en/reviews/affirmation/community-questions-18may10-en.pdf [PDF, 225 KB]

The Accountability and Transparency Review Team web space with other reference materials can be found here: http://www.icann.org/en/reviews/affirmation/activities-1-en.htm

The Process Going Forward:

At the end of this Public Comment period, the ATRT will review the comments submitted and prepare a summary analysis of the various submissions. The ATRT will use them as both benchmarking of post AoC community view and to inform the specific methodologies and processes the ATRT will be conducting between now and December 2010.

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

The ATRT is opening a 45-day public comment, from 18th May through 1 July 2010, and invites community comments and responses to these questions.

The formal Public Comment Forum Box is located here: http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-201007-en.htm#atrt

To Submit Comment: atrt-questions-2010@icann.org

To View Comments:  http://forum.icann.org/lists/atrt-questions-2010/

Staff Responsible: Alice Jansen, ICANN Assistant, Organizational Review alice.jansen@icann.org

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