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Join the Webinar on the Draft Final Report of the NomCom2 Review

LOS ANGELES - 3 April 2018 - Join a webinar about the Draft Final Report [PDF, 496 KB] of the second Review of the ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom2), hosted by the independent examiner, Analysis Group.

Current Status: On 27 March 2018, Analysis Group published its Draft Final Report for public comment. The Draft Final Report contains both an assessment of the Nominating Committee and recommendations for improving its operations*. This public comment proceeding follows the publication of the Assessment Report, which included findings that were discussed with the community via several consultations.

Next Steps: The Draft Final Report will be available for public comment for 41 days. Input received from this public comment and webinar will be considered by Analysis Group for inclusion in the Final Report, which is expected to be published in June 2018.

Webinar Details & How to Attend

  • Date: 10 April 2018
  • Time: 20:00 – 21:00 UTC [local time]
  • To participate, please request a calendar invitation by sending your email request to
  • Click here for more details including Dial-in instructions and webinar slide deck


  • Presentation of the Draft Report by Analysis Group
  • Question & Answer

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Additional Information

*The NomCom2 Review is following a new two-phased approach to Organizational Reviews in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment. This new approach is expected to contribute to more useful and relevant recommendations by providing an opportunity for the community and the independent examiner to discuss what works and what needs improvement before the independent examiner develops recommendations to address the observed situations.


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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