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Nominating Committee Review: Assessment Report Released and Forthcoming Webinar

LOS ANGELES – 10 January 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) Review, has published its assessment report.

Read the report [PDF, 378 KB].

The goal of the assessment report is to achieve a maximum agreement between the wider ICANN community and the independent examiner as to which areas of the NomCom work well and which may benefit from improvements. No recommendations are included in the assessment report. Recommendations will be included in the final report, expected for publication in June 2018.

Community Outreach

On 18 January, Analysis Group will host a webinar on the assessment report, during which participants will have the opportunity to provide initial feedback and ask questions.

In addition to the webinar, the NomCom Review Working Party (RWP) will hold two public calls, during which the ICANN community is invited to contribute to the feedback process with the RWP and the independent examiner. If you would like to participate in these call, scheduled for 25 January 20:00 UTC and 1 February 20:00 UTC, please contact

Webinar Details & How to Attend

  • Date: 18 January 2018
  • Time: 20:00 – 21:00 UTC (click here to view time zone converter)
  • To participate, please RSVP to: to receive the dial-in information.

A recording will be made available on the NomCom Review wiki.


An independent review of the NomCom review is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution and improvement, accountability and transparency. Analysis Group was selected to perform the review and began its work in June 2017.

The purpose of the NomCom review is to determine (i) whether the NomCom has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, (ii) if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness and (iii) whether the NomCom is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders. This review will also assess whether the improvements resulting from the last review (2007-2010) were effective.

The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with identifying and selecting individuals for ICANN leadership positions. The ICANN Bylaws call for the NomCom to make a specified number of appointments to the ICANN Board of Directors, the Generic Names Supporting Organization Council, the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization Council and the At-Large Advisory Committee.

Additional Resources

  • Visit the NomCom Review wiki for Review status updates, recordings of past meetings, and opportunities to participate
  • Visit the NomCom Review page on to view documents associated with essential milestones, outputs and final deliverables.


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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