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ccNSO Review Assessment Report for Community Input; Join the Upcoming Webinar

8 April 2019

LOS ANGELES – 8 April 2019 – Meridian Institute, the independent examiner performing the second review of ICANN's Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), has published its assessment report for community consultation.

Read the report [PDF, 940 KB].

Your comments are encouraged and can be sent to reviews@icann.org until 23:59 UTC on 26 April 2019. All comments will be forwarded to the ccNSO Review Working Party mailing list which is publicly archived.

The assessment report contains important and valuable findings from the ccNSO and surrounding community on how the ccNSO fulfills its purpose, manages its structure and operations, and strives for accountability.


Based upon the findings, Meridian Institute's overall determination is that:

  • The ccNSO has a strong continuing purpose;
  • There do not seem to be significant needs to make structural or operational changes; and
  • The ccNSO is accountable to its constituencies, including its members.

The goal of the assessment report is to achieve agreement between the wider ICANN community and the independent examiner as to which areas of the ccNSO work well and which may benefit from improvements. Recommendations for continuous improvement based on the findings will be presented in the draft final report, expected to be published for public comment in June 2019. All organizational reviews convened after the second At-Large Review follow this two-phased approach, which helps bolster the organizational review process and the accountability of the organizations under review.

Join the Webinar

Meridian Institute will host a community webinar on the assessment report, during which participants will have the opportunity to provide initial feedback and ask questions.

  • Date: 17 April 2019
  • Time: 21:00 – 22:00 UTC (click here to view time zone converter)
  • To participate, please RSVP to: mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive a calendar invite and dial-in details (also available here).

A recording will be made available here.


An independent review of the ccNSO is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws. The purpose of the review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO's effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. This is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution and improvement, accountability and transparency. Meridian Institute was selected to perform the review and began its work in August 2018.

Learn more about the ccNSO Review here.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.