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What is New with ICANN Reviews?

27 April 2017


"What is New with ICANN Reviews?" is also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish languages.


ICANN's Bylaws require that ICANN conduct regular reviews across the organization and on specific subject areas. These are an important part of ICANN's continued effort to serve the global community within its mission and scope. In an effort to make it easier to follow the ongoing work of the respective reviews, we will be providing regular updates to the community.

The Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) team is responsible for facilitating the reviews in coordination with identified internal teams and the community, depending on whether it is an ICANN-Specific or Organizational Review. Organizational Reviews assess ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) to determine how effectively they operate, how well they achieve their purpose and how accountable they are to the multistakeholder community. Specific Reviews address a range of specific topics, such as Accountability and Transparency (ATRT), Consumer Choice, Confidence and Trust (CCT), Security and Stability (SSR), or Registration Directory Services (RDS). The timing of the respective reviews is mandated by the Bylaws. Reviews deliver findings and recommendations to help improve ICANN and its SOs and ACs. They are mandated by the ICANN Bylaws and are critical to maintaining a healthy multistakeholder model, but they only work if we have community participation.

For the latest developments on currently active reviews, please see the compiled list below. If any of these reviews interests you, we urge you to either get involved or encourage interested parties to participate:

Shape the future of the New gTLD marketplace:

Please share your public comment on the Draft Report and Recommendations of the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) as it works towards developing its Final Report and Recommendations. The CCT-RT has extended the public comment period deadline to 19 May 2017. Learn more about CCT-RT findings and recommendations via the recorded CCT-RT webinar discussion (available in English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Russian, and Chinese).

Improve ICANN Transparency and Accountability:

How well has ICANN implemented community recommendations from the second Accountability and Transparency Review? Is ICANN effectively facilitating public comments in its decision-making process? Apply to be considered for the Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) which will explore these questions and many others. This is an opportunity to contribute to ICANN's ongoing accountability and transparency by assessing its existing initiatives and making recommendations for how it can improve.

Should the ccNSO Review be deferred?

The ccNSO would like to defer the ccNSO Review by twelve months to August 2018, in response to concerns about bandwidth. ICANN Bylaws Section 4.4(a) provide the Board with the ability to consider timing of organizational reviews based on feasibility. Please learn more and submit your public comment to provide input as to whether the forthcoming ccNSO Review should be deferred as proposed.

Follow progress of the At-Large Review:

The independent examiner ITEMS has published its Draft Report and Recommendations for the At-Large Review and held an open public session at ICANN58 to discuss their findings. The community provided fifteen public comments that will now be considered by ITEMS as it prepares its Final Report and Recommendations. The ICANN Board will consider the public comments along with the Final Report of the Independent Examiner and the views of the At-Large community on the usefulness and feasibility of the Independent Examiner's recommendations, as it considers action on the Final Report.

Follow progress of the second Security, Stability, and Resilience of the Domain Name System Review (SSR2):

The SSR2 Review Team held their first face-to-face meeting at ICANN58 and a public consultation on issues and topics to consider incorporating into the SSR2 review. Follow the latest progress of the second Review Team focusing on the Security, Stability and Resiliency of the Domain Name System and share your input on the security issues you feel need to be addressed by emailing: input-to-ssr2rt@icann.org. The next face-to-face meeting will be in Madrid, 14-15th May 2017. View the SSR2 wiki for details on how to observe this meeting.

These reviews are of vital importance to the ICANN community and to how we operate, and they only work with your participation. For more information on all reviews, please click here.


Theresa Swinehart

Theresa Swinehart

SVP, Global Domains & Strategy