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Report on Improving Institutional Confidence Plan

Open: 12 March 09
Closed: 11 May 09

Explanation: In ICANN’s submission to the Midterm Review by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in February 2008 of the Joint Project Agreement between ICANN and the United States government, ICANN’s chairman, Peter Dengate Thrush, identified the PSC as the group to facilitate discussions with the community about issues raised regarding ICANN’s transition to the private sector. The PSC was asked to outline a plan for developing such a transition framework. The report is the President’s Strategy Committee’s proposed framework for the continuation of ICANN’s work following the conclusion of the Joint Project Agreement.

The draft Implementation Plan for Improving Institutional Confidence [PDF, 332 KB] was produced by the President’s Strategy Committee and submitted to the Board at ICANN’s Mexico City meeting. It was publicly discussed at a workshop and public forums during the ICANN meeting in Mexico City (1-6 March 2009). On 6 March 2009, the Board accepted the report and decided to post it for 60 days public comment. The Board also directed staff to evaluate implementation of the proposals and report their findings to the Board.

The draft document builds on extensive research, analysis, deliberation and consultation with the global Internet community, including two previous rounds of public comment (16 June - 31 July 2008 and 19 September ­ 20 October 2008), and a series of 9 public international meetings held between June and December, 2008.

About the PSC:

The PSC’s role is to give advice to the President and the Board on strategic issues facing ICANN. Since 2006, the PSC’s focus has been on ICANN’s legal status and identity, and regional presence.

Related links:

The draft Implementation Plan for Improving Institutional Confidence [PDF, 332 KB]

The March 2009 Board resolution accepting the report and directing further action is posted at http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-06mar09.htm#13

The President’s Strategy Committee homepages: http://www.icann.org/en/psc/

Staff member responsible: Maria Farrell

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