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Accountability and Transparency Document Released | Frameworks and Principles for Accountability and Transparency revised after further community input

10 January 2008

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers today released a final draft of a key accountability document that has been amended to incorporate additional community input, including that of the Governmental Advisory Committee.

The Frameworks and Principles on Accountability and Transparency document has been in development since late 2006. The process began with a consultation that asked the community for their views on improvements to accountability and transparency at ICANN. An issues paper summarizing these comments was posted in January 2007. Based on the feedback received and the input from the One World Trust report on accountability and transparency, a draft set of Frameworks and Principles was released for comment in June 2007.

A panel discussion and consultation session was conducted at the San Juan meeting and a public comment forum was opened on the website. A summary of the all comments received was posted.

ICANN held a further comment session at its Los Angeles meeting and the Governmental Advisory Committee provided helpful advice on structuring the Draft Frameworks and Principles to better reflect ICANN's mix of accountabilities. This is reflected in the draft published today.

The Frameworks and Principles on Accountability and Transparency document [PDF, 425K] has been posted for public notice prior to final consideration by the Board.

About ICANN:

ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

Media Contacts:

Jason Keenan
Media Adviser, ICANN (USA)
Ph: +1 310 382 4004
E: jason.keenan@icann.org

International: Andrew Robertson
Edelman (London)
Ph: +44 7921 588 770
E: andrew.robertson@edelman.com