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IFR2 Team Starts Review of Key ICANN Function

28 February 2024

The Second Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Naming Function Review Team (IFR2) has announced that it has completed the Terms of Reference and high-level Work Plan. The Terms of Reference establishes the scope of the project and the Work Plan establishes how the review will be conducted, including deadlines and action items.

The IFR is an accountability mechanism created as part of the IANA stewardship transition to ensure that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), via its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), meets the needs and expectations of its naming customers. This will be the second iteration of the review. The first review was completed in 2021.

The IFR2 will conduct the review in accordance with the scope specified in Article 18 of the ICANN Bylaws, which centers around a review and evaluation of PTI's performance of the IANA naming function against the contractual requirements in the IANA Naming Function Contract and the IANA Naming Function Statement of Work.

Next Steps

The review team has determined an initial methodology for conducting detailed fact-finding. An outreach plan to get input from the direct customers of the IANA Naming Function Process, as well as the broader ICANN community, is under development.

How to Get Involved

Visit the IFR2 workspace for the latest news, updates, and participation opportunities.

Observers may stay updated on the review team's work in several ways:

  • Mailing lists: Observers can follow the review team exchanges by subscribing to the review team mailing list with read-only rights.
  • Attend a meeting virtually or in person: All meetings will be open to observers, except those parts of meetings that involve confidential information. The calendar of scheduled calls and meetings is published on the wiki. Register here for the IFR2 meeting and work session at ICANN79.
  • Email input to the review team: Observers may send an email to the review team to share input on their work. Remarks and/or questions can be sent to the review team's publicly archived mailing address.


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