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So… how are we doing? Let’s hear what you have to say about ICANN

8 May 2007
By Kieren McCarthy

As one sage Net observer never said: “There are three certainties in life: death, downtime and dozens of people telling ICANN what a poor job it is doing.”

Today, we put out an RFC on ICANN’s performance. ICANN has changed enormously in the past few years, it is continuing to change, and it will have to continue to change into the future. This is your opportunity to throw out a few pointers but most importantly to give some feedback on what ICANN has done recently and give an indication of whether the organisation is on the right path. Yes, ICANN is seeking community feedback about its performance.

All responses are welcome. You should assume however that comments that draw as their main reference something that happened nearly a decade ago will be less welcome that those that actually look at where ICANN is now, and the path it is currently on. The hope is also to use this blog and the public participation site as a way of getting a real dialogue going. We also have a traditional forum (see below). The structure for this discussion will be drawn from the performance areas specifically outlined in the Strategic Plan. We view these are pretty comprehensive, but no doubt there will be other opinions.

So if you are serious about seeing improvement and change in ICANN this is your chance. Please join in.

Those structural questions:

  • Is ICANN becoming more transparent, accessible and accountable? What improvements have been observed and what still needs to be done?
  • Has ICANN improved its operational performance? What improvements have been observed and what still needs to be done?
  • Has ICANN improved its performance in the development of Policy? What improvements have been observed and what still needs to be done?
  • Has ICANN increased international participation? What improvements have been observed and what still needs to be done?
  • Have there been improvements in participation and in efficiency of the ICANN multi-stakeholder model? What more needs to be done?
  • What plans and actions have been observed that position ICANN for more comprehensive transition of the technical coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers. What more needs to be done?
  • What improvements have been made in dispute resolution and the application of fairness and equity in the management of complaints and other mechanisms of review that are available? These include the work of the reconsideration committee, the Ombudsman and independent review.

Comments will be posted to http://forum.icann.org/lists/performance-2007 until June 5, 2007 and should be sent to: performance-2007@icann.org.

Authors

Kieren McCarthy