Address Supporting Organization (ASO)
The Address Supporting Organization (ASO) is one of the supporting organizations that the ICANN Bylaws prescribe as "formed through community consensus". The purpose of the ASO is to advise the Board with respect to policy issues relating to the operation, assignment, and management of Internet addresses. The ASO is the entity established between ICANN and the Number Resource Organization (NRO), an organization of the existing regional Internet registries (RIRs). For more information on the ASO, click here.
ASO Organizational Review
The goal of the review, to be undertaken pursuant to such criteria and standards as the Board shall direct, shall be to determine (i) whether that organization, council or committee 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 that organization, council or committee is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders.
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.
The graphic below illustrates phases and status of each review - a indicates that all activities within a given phase have been completed. The chart that follows the graphic provides further details of key activities and milestones within each phase – you can view these details by clicking on each of the phases in the graphic. The table also contains links to relevant documents.
|Plan Review||RFP for Consulting Services||Announcement for Request for Proposals for Consulting Services: Independent Review of the ICANN Address Supporting Organization||18 Nov 2016|
|Selection of Independent Examiner||Announcement of Selection of Independent Examiner, ITEMS International||2 Feb 2017|
|Plan Review||RFP for independent consultant||Request for Proposals for consulting services||12 Dec 2010|
|Conduct Review||Final Report of External Consultant||Review of the ICANN Address Supporting Organization (ASO)||1 Dec 2011|
|Public Comment on External Consultant’s Final Report||Public comment announcement on ITEMS International Final Report||16 Mar 2012|
|Report of Public Comments on External Consultant’s Final Report||Summary of public comments on ITEMS International Final Report||3 May 2012|
|Call for Survey Participation||Call for Survey Participation: Review of ICANN Address Supporting Organization||20 Sep 2011|
|Plan Implementation||Board receipt and action||Board action and resolution||3 May 2012|
|Implement Improvements||Details of implementation and periodic updates||Information available on the ICANN website||17 Nov 2014|
|Status of Implementation||Status of implementation of independent review recommendations||1 Jun 2014|
|Review Finalization||Letter announcing the finalization of the ASO Review||27 Nov 2013|
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