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SSAC2 Review: Assessment Report Published for Community Input

21 June 2018

LOS ANGELES – 21 June 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the second review of ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), has published its assessment report.

Read the report [PDF, 761 KB].

Your comments on the report are encouraged and can be sent to mssi-secretariat@icann.org until 23:59 UTC on 20 July 2018.

Analysis Group will present the assessment report and host a community discussion at ICANN62 in Panama City on Wednesday, 27 June at 14:15 – 15:15 UTC (9:15 – 10:15 EST). The community is invited to attend the presentation and contribute to the feedback process. More details, including remote attendance information, can be found here.


In addition to the session at ICANN62, Analysis Group will host a webinar on Thursday, 12 July at 20:00 UTC, during which participants will have the opportunity to provide initial feedback and ask questions. To request dial-in information for the webinar, please send an email to mssi-secretariat@icann.org.

About the Assessment Report

The goal of the assessment report is to achieve maximum agreement between the wider ICANN community and the independent examiner as to which areas of the SSAC work well and which may benefit from improvements. No recommendations are included in the assessment report. Recommendations will be included in the final report, expected to be published in November 2018.

Read the executive summary [PDF, 85 KB]. (Note: The executive summary will be translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish in due course. Translated versions of the executive summary will be posted here as soon as they are available.)

Background to the SSAC2 Review

A periodic review of the SSAC is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.4. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the SSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure and, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness. The review will also determine if the SSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations, and other stakeholders. Analysis Group began its work on the review in February 2018.

As with all Organizational Reviews, the SSAC2 Review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment. This approach contributes to more useful and relevant recommendations by providing an opportunity for the community and the independent examiner to discuss what works and what needs improvement before the independent examiner develops recommendations to address the observed situations. Learn more about the SSAC2 Review.


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 not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.