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ICANN Opportunities to Participate: Strategic Planning, Operating Standards, and Specific Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 28 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities for community input and participation to announce below.

Join the strategic planning webinar for updates and next steps. The ICANN Board and organization are hosting a webinar on 9 October 2018 at 14:00 UTC [local time] to provide an overview of the strategic planning process, and present findings from the strategic outlook trend sessions and the subsequent impact analysis conducted by the Board and ICANN org. The goal of the webinar is to provide the community with the background information and the context needed to participate in a productive strategic planning session scheduled at ICANN63. Please email to receive information to join.

Join a webinar on operating standards for Specific Reviews.

ICANN is hosting two webinars on 4 October 2018 at 16:00 UTC [local time] and one on 5 October 2018 at 00:00 UTC [local time] to share an overview of proposed updates, provide opportunity for questions and answers, and explain next steps. The goal of the Bylaws-mandated operating standards (see Section 4.6) is to document rules and procedures in order to provide for a transparent and consistent review process. Click here for information on how to join.

Share your public comment on Specific Reviews – see below:

Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement. ICANN currently has two opportunities for public comment:

  • Share your public comment on the RDS-WHOIS2 Draft Report and Recommendations. The Registration Directory Service Review (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team is now seeking input on its Draft Report and its 23 draft recommendations. Please share your public comment by 4 November 2018.
  • Share your public comment on next steps on reviews. A public comment forum on short-term and long-term options to adjust the timeline of reviews was opened to address the impact that the existing review schedule is having on the volunteer community workload and ICANN resources. The purpose of this public comment is to provide further opportunity for consultation due to the limited number of comments received in order to confirm the way forward with the community. Please share your public comment by 5 October 2018.

Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on Specific and Organizational Reviews and additional key resources.


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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. 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 and a community with participants from all over the world.

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