Proposed Revisions to the ICANN Documentary Information Disclosure Policy

LOS ANGELES - 21 October 2021

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened a Public Comment proceeding on proposed revisions to ICANN's Documentary Information Disclosure Policy.

Link to Public Comment Proceeding


Open for Submissions Date: Thursday, 21 October 2021

Closed for Submissions Date: Monday, 6 December 2021

Category: Other

Requester: ICANN org

What We Need Your Input On:

ICANN organization (org) needs your input on the proposed updates to ICANN's Documentary Information Disclosure Process (DIDP) to incorporate recommendations made in the Final Report of the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 2 (WS2). ICANN org also updated the DIDP Response Process, as necessary, to fully implement the WS2 recommendations and provides that update for information. ICANN org also needs your input on the proposed responsibility for the Ombudsman or Complaints Officer in relation to the DIDP by responding to the guided questions set forth in this Public Comment proceeding.


Since 2009, ICANN has maintained the Documentary Information Disclosure Process (DIDP) through which members of the public can request that ICANN's documentary information be made publicly available. ICANN as a matter of course, and as part of its commitment to operating to the maximum extent feasible in an open and transparent manner, already makes a large amount of information publicly available. The DIDP describes the types of information that the public can expect to be available and establishes the ability for members of the public to request ICANN to publish additional documents within its possession, custody, or control. The DIDP obligates ICANN to respond to those requests for documentary information, and ICANN makes all DIDP Requests and Responses publicly available.

The DIDP was initially developed after community consultation in 2009 and was updated in 2012, again after community consultation. As part of WS2, a group of consensus-based recommendations were issued on updating the DIDP, which were approved by the ICANN Board as part of its consideration of the WS2 Final Report.

ICANN org now presents a proposed update to the DIDP to implement those recommendations. For completeness, ICANN org has also identified necessary updates to its DIDP Response Process document to demonstrate the internal operational process changes needed to achieve full implementation of the WS2 recommendations. ICANN org provides the proposed updated internal process document for information.

Next Steps:

After the closing of this Public Comment proceeding, ICANN org will incorporate the input and present the revised DIDP for ICANN Board consideration and approval. The updated DIDP Response Process will go into effect upon approval of the updated to the DIDP.


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.