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ATRT3 Review Team: Leading the Way to Further Empowering the Community

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The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) had a face-to-face meeting in Singapore on 20-22 October 2019. Archives of the meeting are posted to our wiki here.

We made progress on developing our findings

We finalized our assessment of the implementation and effectiveness of the recommendations from the previous Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT2), and completed the analysis of the ATRT3 community survey responses.

Next, we will draft recommendations and suggestions resulting from our analysis and community input. We identified five key areas in which we are likely to make these recommendations and suggestions:

  • Prioritization and rationalization of review recommendations
  • Specific and Organizational reviews
  • Diversity among Board members
  • Public Comment process
  • Policy Development Process

We will socialize our findings at ICANN66 in Montréal

The information-gathering phase of our review is nearly complete and we have begun to identify the issues that may form our draft recommendations. We will socialize these issues and findings with the Board and community in Montréal. Join our engagement session on Thursday 7 November, or contact us at (publicly archived) if you would like to set up a consultation with us.

We expect to publish the draft report for Public Comment in December 2019

You can view the detailed ATRT3 Review work plan here. The work plan structure has recently  been adjusted to better align with our approach to the work. This revised structure will allow us to clearly chart our progress toward publication of the draft final report.


The ATRT review team is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws (Article 4, Section 4.6) to review "ICANN's execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community."

Learn more about ATRT3 here.


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