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Join the ICANN Accountability and Governance Cross Community Group

You are encouraged to participate in the Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance Process by joining the ICANN Accountability & Governance Cross Community Group. This group is responsible for identifying issues for consideration regarding ICANN's current accountability mechanisms and possible improvements, appointing participants to the ICANN Accountability & Governance Coordination Group and providing ongoing input to the Coordination Group.

The Cross Community Group is open to all interested individuals. While there is no deadline to register, you are encouraged to sign up before the first virtual meeting of the Group scheduled for 15 September 2014 from 14:00 – 16:00 UTC.

To join the Cross Community Group, simply submit your name and affiliation1 to accountability-ccg-members@icann.org.

All members of the Cross Community Group will be listed here.

Those who join the Cross Community Group are encouraged to participate in discussions through the designated accountability-cross-community@icann.org mailing list. This mailing list will be accessible only to Cross Community Group members, but will be publicly archived and available here.

For the most up-to-date information regarding the Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance Process, please visit Community Wiki.


1 To enable transparency, it will be possible to identify which SO/AC/SG you wish to be affiliated with. If none, you may select "other." Stakeholders identifying with "other" may either not identify with any particular SO or AC, or be new to the ICANN structure and is still familiarizing themselves.


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