To help ensure ICANN's multi-stakeholder model remains transparent and accountable, and to improve its performance, ICANN organizes community reviews of its accountability and transparency commitments no less frequently than every three years, consistent with section 9.1 of the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC).
The Accountability and Transparency reviews are performed by volunteer Community members and include the following (or their designated nominees): the Chair of the GAC, the Chair of the Board of ICANN, the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information of the DOC, representatives of the relevant ICANN Advisory Committees and Supporting Organizations, and independent experts.
On 5 October 2012, ICANN invited interested individuals to apply for a position of Volunteer Review Team Member, representing a Supporting Organization or Advisory Committee, or for a position of Independent Expert on the second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT 2).
The AoC designated Selectors of the ATRT 2 –Steve Crocker, Chairman of the ICANN Board of Directors, and Heather Dryden, Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)—wish to thank the applicants for their dedication and interest in this key project. In selecting the ATRT 2, multiple factors were considered, including experience with governance issues, understanding of ICANN’s working practices, consensus-building and analytical skills, ability to draw evidence-based conclusions, aptitude to build metrics and balances of geography, gender, consistency, etc.
The overall number of applications received for the ATRT 2 – 36 – necessitated difficult choices. After careful review of the applications against these criteria, the following individuals were selected to participate in the ATRT 2:
|Volunteer Review Team Members in Representation of ICANN Supporting Organizations/ Advisory Committees|
(Please refer to http://www.icann.org/en/about/aoc-review/atrt/2/composition to view Review Team Members’ information)
Ex-officio Members on the Accountability and Transparency Review Team 2 (ATRT 2) are:
- Heather Dryden, Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC);
- Lawrence Strickling - Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information of the US Department of Commerce (DOC);
- Steve Crocker, Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors.
The ATRT 2 is anticipated to commence its activities imminently with the goal of producing final recommendations by 31 December 2013. ICANN Staff will support the Review Team throughout its mandate.
The AoC sets the following mandate for Accountability and Transparency reviews:
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 by: (a) continually assessing and improving ICANN Board of Directors (Board) governance which shall include an ongoing evaluation of Board performance, the Board selection process, the extent to which Board composition meets ICANN's present and future needs, and the consideration of an appeal mechanism for Board decisions; (b) assessing the role and effectiveness of the GAC and its interaction with the Board and making recommendations for improvement to ensure effective consideration by ICANN of GAC input on the public policy aspects of the technical coordination of the DNS; (c) continually assessing and improving the processes by which ICANN receives public input (including adequate explanation of decisions taken and the rationale thereof); (d) continually assessing the extent to which ICANN's decisions are embraced, supported and accepted by the public and the Internet community; and (e) assessing the policy development process to facilitate enhanced cross community deliberations, and effective and timely policy development.
Resulting recommendations of the reviews will be provided to the Board and posted for public comment. The Board will take action within six months of receipt of the recommendations.
Schedule and Operations
The ATRT will conduct its activities primarily online and through conference calls. Face-to-face meetings also are anticipated.
For more information on the work of the ATRT 2, please visit the newly created WIKI page at https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=40176025 which will be updated as the ATRT 2’s work progresses to keep the ICANN community apprised of the latest information.