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Join the ICANN Webinar on Review Operating Standards

LOS ANGELES - 12 October 2017 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization will host a webinar on the draft Operating Standards, which will be released for public comment on 17 October. This Bylaw-mandated document has been compiled by the ICANN organization with community input (see below). It contains guidelines and best practices for ICANN's four specific reviews.

During the 19 October webinar, the ICANN organization will provide an overview of the draft, explain the underlying principals, and highlight the existing review best practices and processes on which these draft Operating Standards are based. The aim of the session is to inform the community, answer questions, and provide an opportunity for some initial community feedback. The webinar is part of the wider community-outreach that includes a cross-community session on Review Operating Standards on Monday, 30 October (15:15 – 16:45) during ICANN60 and an extended public comment period that will remain open until 15 January 2018. Input received from the community will determine the timeline and finalization of the Operating Standards moving forward.

Webinar Details and How to Attend

Date: 19 October 2017
Time: 21:00 UTC
To participate, please RSVP to: to receive the dial-in information.

Webinar Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. The purpose of the Operating Standards and some underlying principals
  3. Overview of some key issues in the Operating Standards
    1. Setting of scope
    2. Selection of specific review teams
  4. Q&A
  5. Next steps

Community Input To-Date

ICANN Bylaws call for the drafting of Review Operating Standards that “shall be developed through community consultation” (see Section 4.6). In order to facilitate community consultation on Review Operating Standards, the ICANN organization has held sessions for community input during ICANN57, ICANN58, and also conducted a webinar in February 2017.


The purpose of the Operating Standards, once adopted, is to centralize existing operational best practices and to bring consistent rules, clarity, and transparency to ICANN's four specific reviews: Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review (CCT), The Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the DNS Review (SSR), The Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT), and the Registration Directory Service Policy Review (RDS-WHOIS).


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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