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Nominating Committee (NomCom) Review

The Board took action on 12 June 2022 to defer the Third Review of the Nominating Committee. See the Board resolution here.

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Introduction to Reviews
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The Nominating Committee (NomCom) is an independent committee tasked with identifying and selecting individuals for leadership positions. The ICANN Bylaws call for NomCom to make a specified number of appointments to the ICANN Board of Directors (Board), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council, the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council, and the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC).  For more information on the NomCom, click here.

NomCom 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.

PhaseActivityDescriptionStart DateDocuments
Plan ReviewCall for VolunteersCall for Volunteers: Forming NomCom2 Review Working Party13 Sep 2016
Announcement of Working PartyAnnouncement of NomCom2 Review Working Party10 Oct 2016
RFP for Independent ExaminerAnnouncement of Independent Examiner Request for Proposals19 Jan 2017
Conduct ReviewSelection of Independent ExaminerAnnouncement of Selection of Independent Examiner, Analysis Group7 Jun 2017
Assessment Report PublishedNominating Committee Review Assessment Report Published for Community Input10 Jan 2018
Draft Final ReportDraft Final Report Published for Public Comment27 Mar 2018
Final ReportIndependent Examiner, Analysis Group published its final report5 Jun 2018
Plan ImplementationFeasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation PlanFeasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan by the NomCom2 Review Implementation Planning Team14 Dec 2018
Board Accepts Implementation Plan Board accepts the final report from the independent examiner and the Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan14 Mar 2019
Call for VolunteersAnnouncement - Call for Volunteers for NomCom Review Implementation Working Group25 Mar 2019
NomCom Review Detailed Implementation PlanDetailed Implementation Plan drafted by the NomCom Review Implementation Working Group15 Sep 2019
Implement ImprovementsBoard Accepts Implementation Plan Board accepts the NomCom Review Detailed Implementation Plan7 Nov 2019
Implementation Report #1NomCom2 Review Progress and Implementation Status Report29 Jun 2020
Implementation Report #2NomCom2 Review Progress and Implementation Status Report21 Dec 2020
Implementation Report #3NomCom Review Implementation Working Group Status Update - Progress Report #325 Aug 2021
Implementation Report #4NomCom2 Review Progress and Implementation Status Report #416 Dec 2021
Implementation Report #5 - FinalNomCom2 Review Final Report30 Jun 2022
Board Accepts Final Implementation ReportBoard acceptance of NomCom2 Review Final Implementation Report and initiation of ICANN Bylaws Amendment process16 Mar 2023
ICANN Board Initiates Bylaws Amendment ProcessesBylaws Amendments and Documents to Implement the NomCom2 Review published for Public Comment17 Apr 2023
ICANN Board Approves Next Steps in Bylaws Amendment ProcessICANN Board approves the Standard Bylaws amendments of the ICANN Bylaws, and the NomCom Standing Committee charter. The Board will further consider Fundamental Bylaws amendment on Article 7 of the ICANN Bylaws10 Sep 2023
Standard Operating ProceduresDeferral of Third NomCom ReviewDeferral of the Third NomCom Review (NomCom3)12 Jun 2022


Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."