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Meeting Our Commitments to Accountability and Transparency: An Information Transparency Initiative Update

31 October 2019
By David Conrad and

As you’re aware, ICANN has commitments to and requirements for accountability and transparency. Current and easy-to-find information in all six U.N. languages is a vital part of achieving those commitments. ICANN.org is one of the avenues where we demonstrate and meet those obligations. It is our publicly-facing system of record for policies and Bylaws.

We are continuing our efforts with the Information Transparency Initiative (ITI), which will help us meet some of those accountability and transparency commitments. Through our new technical foundation and information architecture, ICANN is establishing and enforcing content governance over our information. That important information will be made accessible, organized, and displayed for stakeholders through an enhanced ICANN.org. This effort will lead to improved accountability and transparency.

ICANN Board Meeting Content Search Improvements

Today, we released the proposed new search experience for Board Meeting content for your input via our feedback site.

The improved searchability, which is core to ITI, includes these features:

  • Filters to narrow your search by document type (Resolutions, Minutes, Agenda), Board Committees (current and former), and Board Meeting type
  • Date range filter
  • Expandable and collapsible table structure
  • Jump-to links for upcoming Board Meeting information, Year, and Month/Year
  • Keyword(s) search within Board Meeting content with results available by relevance (number of instances of the keyword(s)) or newest (search results ordered by publish date)

Because this release is in active development, some files and sections may be missing. For example, Secretary's Notices, Board Information Call content, and Board Workshops content is not currently available. The sub-navigation menu does not link to the actual pages yet, as we'd like your feedback on whether the sub-navigation items meet your needs. All files and content currently on https://icann.org will be migrated and available when the new site is launched.

It would be very helpful if you could compare the current Board Meeting content findability with our new release and let us know what you think via the feedback site.

The feedback period will be open until 30 November 2019.

Upcoming Content and Features Available for Feedback

The ITI team is developing an improved Public Comment feature based on invaluable input from members of ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. This new feature will be available for testing in late January 2020.

As a reminder, we're aiming for an April 2020 soft launch of the new site. For more information about the soft launch, please read our September 2019 ITI blog.

Remember, register your input! The feedback period will be open until 30 November 2019.


David Conrad

David Conrad

Sally Newell Cohen

Sally Newell Cohen

SVP, Global Communications