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Introduction to Reviews - COMING SOON Specific Reviews
Getting Started With Reviews - COMING SOON Organizational Reviews
Review Status Update Page - COMING SOON Implementation of Recommendations - COMING SOON

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The Specific Reviews Page and Organizational Reviews Page  each provide an introduction to the difference between Specific and Organizational Reviews and the process that each follows. From these pages, you can also find links to detailed information on the individual reviews that make up each category.  Information is broken into:

Review Landing Pages that provide permanent files of essential milestones, outputs, and final deliverables for each review. 

Review Wiki Workspaces that provide the latest information of the work of reviews teams including opportunities to participate. 

If you are new to ICANN Reviews, we recommend visiting ”Getting Started with Reviews” for a step-by-step guide to learn about reviews and the best practices for getting involved.


Below, please find a status update for all active Specific and Organizational Reviews that are in the planning, execution, or implementation phase.

What is the Status of Currently Active Specific Reviews?

Specific Reviews Currently Active Status Additional Resources
Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3) Three of seven SO/ACs completed their nominations. Next, the SO/AC chairs will assemble a Review Team based on the nominations from community groups. Find latest news and updates on the ATRT3 Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the ATRT Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team is refining its final report and recommendations. Find the latest news and progress updates on the CCT Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the CCT Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
Registration Directory Service Review formerly "WHOIS" (RDS-WHOIS2) Terms of Reference and Work Plan submitted to ICANN Board on 9 February 2018.  See here for more information. Find the latest news and progress updates on the RDS-WHOIS2 Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the RDS Home Page on ICANN.org.
Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR2) Review work has been paused and the SO/AC chairs are working toward reactivating the review. Find the announcement on the correspondence page of the SSR2 workspace wiki page (or click here). Find the latest news and progress updates on the SSR2 Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the SSR Review Home Page on ICANN.org.

 

 

What is the Status of Currently Active Organizational Reviews?

Organizational Reviews currently active Status Additional Resources
Address Supporting Organization (ASO2) The NRO is currently assessing the Final Report of the independent examainer. Find essential milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the ASO Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
At-Large (At-Large2) The At-Large Review Working Party is addressing additional information and clarifications of its feasibility assessment requested by the Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). Find latest news and progress updates on the At-Large/ALAC Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the At-Large Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO2) Review will start in August 2018; the procurement of independent examiner will begin in April 2018. ccNSO is conducting self-assessment work in preparation for the review. Find historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the ccNSO Home Page on ICANN.org.
Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO2) GNSO2 Review recommendations are in the process of implementation. Find latest news and progress updates on the GNSO Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the GNSO Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
Nominating Committee (NomCom2) The assessment report has been published and input is being collected from the community. On 18 January, the independent examiner conducted a webinar on the assessment report. Find it on the NomCom2 workspace wiki page (or follow these links: Adobe Connect recording / audio recording). Find latest news and progress updates on the NomCom Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the NomCom Review Home page on ICANN.org.
Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC2) Review is underway and the assessment report is expected on 20 February 2018. Find latest news and progress updates on the RSSAC Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the RSSAC Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) ICANN org is conducting the selection of the independent examiner and the review is expected to start in early March 2018. SSAC is conducting self-assessment work in preparation for the review. Find latest news and progress updates on the SSAC Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the SSAC Review Home Page on ICANN.org.

 

 

Timing of Specific Reviews

The Review Timeline provides a snapshot of the active Specific Reviews (in blue) and Organizational Reviews (in orange). The timeline is broken down into planning and execution phases (darker shade), and the implementation phase (lighter shade) for each review. For a more detailed overview of the review phases, visit the Process Flow infographics [insert link].

Review Cycle Overview

The Review Cycle Overview provides an expanded timeline to demonstrate the past, current, and future Specific Reviews (in blue) and Organizational Reviews (in orange) over an extended timeline of 22 years.

1Board Resolution to defer Specific Reviews: https://features.icann.org/proposed-schedule-and-process-operational-improvements-aoc-and-organizational-reviews

2Public Comment on deferral of country code names supporting organization (ccNSO) Review: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ccnso-review-deferral-2017-04-06-en

3ASO Memorandum of Understanding https://aso.icann.org/about-the-aso/aso-memorandum-of-understanding/ . Under this agreement between ICANN and the Number Resource Organization (NRO), the NRO shall fulfill the role, responsibilities and functions of the ASO as defined within the ICANN Bylaws. With reference to the provisions of Article IV, Section 4 of the ICANN ByLaws the NRO shall provide its own review mechanisms.

 

Review Timing and Triggers

ICANN Bylaws Article/Section 4.6 mandate the triggers that cause Specific Reviews to commence:

(vi) The Accountability and Transparency Review shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years measured from the date the previous Accountability and Transparency Review Team was convened.

(v) The SSR Review shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years, measured from the date the previous SSR Review Team was convened.

(ii) After a New gTLD Round has been in operation for one year, the Board shall cause a competition, consumer trust and consumer choice review as specified in this Section 4.6(d) ("CCT Review").

(v) The Directory Service Review shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years, measured from the date the previous Directory Service Review Team was convened, except that the first Directory Service Review to be conducted after 1 October 2016 shall be deemed to be timely if the applicable Directory Service Review Team is convened on or before 31 October 2016.

ICANN Bylaws Article/Section 4.4 mandate the triggers that cause Specific Reviews to commence: 

Organizational Reviews: These periodic reviews shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years, based on feasibility as determined by the Board. Each five-year cycle will be computed from the moment of the reception by the Board of the final report of the relevant review Working Group.

See ICANN Bylaws Article 4: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/governance/bylaws-en/#article4

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