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ICANN Launches the Continuous Improvement Program Community Coordination Group

8 January 2024

As of 12 December 2023, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) community and leadership have appointed their representatives to the Continuous Improvement Program Community Coordination Group (CIP-CCG). The group is being convened to help evolve ICANN Organizational Reviews into a CIP to implement Recommendation 3.6 of the Third Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3). The development of a CIP is part of a larger effort to enhance the effectiveness of the ICANN multistakeholder model, and is also in furtherance of the ICANN Interim President and CEO Goal 11 related to the management and refinement of Reviews. The CIP-CCG will:

  1. Develop a shared understanding of the meaning of continuous improvement in the context of ATRT3 Recommendation 3.6,
  2. Consider a range of methodologies for effective CIPs,
  3. Agree on the methodology that is fit for ICANN purpose, and
  4. Formulate a CIP Framework, to be used by each of the Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs), and the Nominating Committee (NomCom).

The ICANN community has demonstrated great interest in contributing to the evolution of Organizational Reviews into a CIP, with 21 out of 22 of the groups across the ICANN community represented in the CIP-CCG. ICANN thanks the following representatives and optional alternates who have been appointed by the ICANN community to serve on the CIP-CCG:

  • At-Large Advisory Committee: Cheryl Langdon-Orr (representative), Tommi Karttaavi (alternate)
  • Governmental Advisory Committee: Tracy Hackshaw (Universal Postal Union) (representative)
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee: Jeff Bedser (representative)
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee: Naveed Bin Rais (representative), Erum Welling (alternate)
  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization: Sean Copeland (representative), Irina Danelia (alternate)
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council: Manju Chen (representative)
  • NomCom: Tijani Ben Jemaa (representative)
  • African Regional At-Large Organization: Bram Fudzulani (representative), Chokri Ben Romdhane (alternate)
  • Asian, Australasian, and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization: Amrita Choudhury (representative), Justine Chew (alternate)
  • European Regional At-Large Organization: Sébastien Bachollet (representative), Ricardo Holmquist (alternate)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Islands Regional At-Large Organization: Carlos Aguirre (representative), Christelle Vaval (alternate)
  • North American Regional At-Large Organization: Alan Greenberg (representative), Bill Jouris (alternate)
  • GNSO Business Constituency: Nenad Orlić (representative)
  • GNSO Intellectual Property Constituency: Lori Schulman (representative)
  • GNSO Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers Constituency: Santanu Acharya (representative)
  • GNSO Noncommercial Users Constituency: Benjamin Akinmoyeje (representative)
  • GNSO Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns Constituency: Caleb Ogundele (representative), Wisdom Donkor (alternate)
  • GNSO Generic Top-Level Domain Registries Stakeholder Group: Chris Disspain (representative)
  • GNSO Registrar Stakeholder Group: Owen Smigelski (representative), Tom Barrett (alternate)

All CIP-CCG volunteers were contacted, and their first meeting will convene in January 2024. Please refer to the ATRT3 Recommendation 3.6 - Continuous Improvement Project (CIP) homepage for updates related to the CIP and to the overall ICANN Reviews Program and ICANN CEO Goal 11.

The work to evolve Organizational Reviews into a CIP is consistent with ICANN's commitment pursuant to Section 4 of the Bylaws to ensure the ICANN multistakeholder model remains transparent and accountable, and to improve the performance of its SOs, ACs, and the NomCom. This work will serve the public interest by contributing to the fulfillment of ICANN's commitment to maintaining and improving its accountability and transparency.


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 nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.