What is the Empowered Community?
The Empowered Community is the mechanism through which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) can organize under California law to legally enforce community powers. The community powers and rules that govern the Empowered Community are defined in the ICANN Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.
Who can participate in the Empowered Community?
All of ICANN's SOs, as well as the At-Large and Governmental ACs, can participate in the Empowered Community including:
• Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
• Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
• At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)
• Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)
How does the Empowered Community use their powers?
The Empowered Community has a process to raise concerns with an action or inaction made by the ICANN Board or organization. This escalation process gives SOs and ACs opportunities to discuss solutions with the ICANN Board.
What Are the Community Powers?
The Community has nine powers to ensure the ICANN Board and Organization are accountable:
• Reject standard Bylaw amendments
• Reject PTI governance actions
• Approve fundamental Bylaw and Articles amendments, and asset sales
• Recall the entire ICANN Board
• Appoint and remove individual ICANN Board directors (other than the President)
• Require the ICANN Board to review its rejection of IANA Function Review (IFR),special IFR, Separation Cross-Community Working Group (SCWG) creation,and SCWG recommendation decisions
• Initiate community reconsideration request, mediation, or Independent Review Process (IRP)
• The rights of inspection and investigation
Click on this infographic to explore the Empowered Community's Powers:
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Meetings and Forums
- Jun 27 2017Empowered Community’s Cross Community Forum on Proposed Fundamental Bylaws Amendments