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Register for ICANN’s Pilot Holistic Review Draft Terms of Reference Webinar

6 October 2022

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the community to join a public webinar to discuss the Pilot Holistic Review and its Draft Terms of Reference (ToR), which is currently available for Public Comment. This webinar will provide answers to community questions raised during ICANN75 and offer an additional opportunity for community groups to ask questions as they prepare their comments for submission.

The webinar will take place on 11 October 2022 at 20:00 UTC. Register here.

This webinar will be recorded and made available on the community workspace.


The Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) Recommendation 3.5 to initiate a new Specific Review, the Holistic Review, along with the ICANN Board's direction to implement it as a pilot, will have implications for various community structures and groups. These implications include, for example: community members' participation as part of the Pilot Holistic Review Team for a period of 18 months; engagement and input of Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, and the Nominating Committee based on the scope of work of the Pilot Holistic Review Team as stated in the Draft ToR; and potential implications for how the various structures are organized and evaluated in the future.

Public Comment

Considering the potential implications on the ICANN structures and work, the Board opened a Public Comment proceeding seeking input on whether the Draft ToR seems fit for purpose, and whether it is tailored to the community's expectations based on ATRT3 Recommendation 3.5. The ICANN Board would also welcome input on the Pilot Holistic Review scheduling and timing in light of other community and stakeholder work.


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.