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SSAC2 Review: Final Report Available

LOS ANGELES – 7 January 2019 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Review, has published its final report.

Read the report [PDF, 1.45 MB].

The final report includes an assessment of the SSAC, and 22 findings and 30 recommendations for improving its operations. The findings and recommendations broadly fall under the following topic areas:

  • The effectiveness of the SSAC, and the timing with which the SSAC's advice is provided and acted upon.
  • The relationship and interconnectedness between the SSAC and both other Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees and the broader ICANN community, including on issues of transparency.
  • The existing membership and structure of the SSAC.
  • The implementation state of the SSAC's prior review.

Analysis Group considered public comments on the draft final report, as well as comments from the public webinar and any other relevant feedback it received throughout the course of the review for inclusion in the final report.

Next Steps

In the coming months, the SSAC Review Work Party (RWP) will prepare a feasibility assessment and initial implementation plan (FAIIP) based on the final report. This document will include an analysis of recommendations in the final report for usability and prioritization, provisional budget implications, anticipated resources, and a proposed implementation timeline.

Analysis Group and the RWP will then present the final report and the FAIIP to the ICANN Board's Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). Following the presentation, the OEC will make a recommendation to the Board on next steps, including implementation of recommendations.


An independent review of the SSAC is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution, improvement, accountability and transparency. Analysis Group was selected to perform the review and began its work in February 2018.

The purpose of the SSAC Review, according to the Bylaws, is to determine "(i) whether [the SSAC] 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 SSAC] is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders." The review also includes an assessment of the implementation state of the SSAC's prior review.

Visit the SSAC2 Review wiki and the SSAC2 Review page on for more information and resources related to the second SSAC Review.


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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