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Opportunities to Participate: ICANN Reviews

22 January 2019

LOS ANGELES – 22 January 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities for community input and participation to announce below.

Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement.

  • Comment on the updated Operating Standards for Specific Reviews. The Operating Standards aim to ensure that ICANN's Specific Reviews are conducted in a transparent, consistent, efficient, and predictable manner, while supporting the community's work to derive the expected benefit and value from review processes. The Operating Standards are subject to the relevant provisions in the ICANN Bylaws that govern Specific Reviews (see Article IV, Section 4.6). To share your input before the 11 February 2019 close date, please click here.

Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs) and the Nominating Committee (NomCom) fulfill their purpose, are accountable to their stakeholders and whether any changes in structure or operations are needed.

  • Read the Nominating Committee [PDF, 515 KB] and Root Server System Advisory Committee [PDF, 466 KB] Review Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plans in response to the final reports issued by the independent examiners. The Board is expected to take action on these reviews in March 2019.
  • The second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Final Report is now available. Click here to read it.

Visit the Reviews Status Update Table, which will guide you to the work in progress and latest developments; review facts sheets that present progress of the specific review teams and the resources dedicated to supporting their work; and review outputs.


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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. 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 and a community with participants from all over the world.