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Deadline Extended: ccNSO Review Survey Available for Community Input

19 December 2018

Los Angeles – 19 December 2018 – The deadline to take the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Review survey has been extended until Friday 11 January 2019 at 23:59 UTC.

Click here to take the survey now. Community input contributes to the effectiveness of organizational reviews, which are an important component of ICANN's accountability and transparency commitments.

Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the ccNSO, published the survey for community input on 27 November 2018. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with ccNSO or have suggestions for ways to improve it. The survey is informed by learnings from Meridian Institute's research and interviews conducted to date.

Following the close of the survey on 11 January 2019 at 23:59 UTC, Meridian Institute will evaluate responses, along with feedback received via interviews and other forums, as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in February 2019.

As with all ICANN Organizational Reviews, the second ccNSO Review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment.


The purpose of the Bylaws-mandated ccNSO 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. Meridian Institute was selected to conduct the second ccNSO Review in August 2018.


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.