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Statement - ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team - Interaction with the Community

21 June 2010

While we would like to have focused solely on our work and interaction with you, the ICANN community, in today's public session, the members of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team note Rod Beckstrom's disparaging comments this morning about the objectivity of our work.  It is disappointing that he feels compelled to lay a foundation for discounting our work, even as it is only beginning.  Like ICANN, we are organized as a multi-stakeholder body, and like the ICANN Board, our membership includes stakeholders for the user community, governments, non-commercial parties, ccTLD community and contracted parties, indeed the Chair of the ICANN Board along with the Chair of the GAC selected the members of the Review Team. I can assure you, from my early interactions with the members of the Review Team, that the ATRT is composed of professional, serious and hard working individuals from diverse parts of the community and elsewhere, who share a strong commitment to ICANN's success.  We are working in the open, and listening to the community and to each other, and we look forward to having our work judged on its merits.