Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Review
The Board took action on 12 June 2022 to defer the Third Review of the Address Supporting Organization. See the Board resolution here.
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|
|Conduct Review||Final Report of ITEMS International||Review of the ICANN Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Final Report||3 Aug 2017|
|Public Comment on ASO Review: Final Report||Public Comment on Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Review Final Report||8 Aug 2017|
|Response to Review Recommendations||NRO EC and ASO AC joint response to the 2017 independent ASO review recommendations||8 Jan 2018|
|Implement Improvements||Status of implementation||Recommendation Implementation Status||31 Aug 2017|
|Standard Operating Procedures||Deferral of Third ASO Review||Deferral of the Third ASO Review (ASO3)||12 Jun 2022|