Specific Reviews (formerly known as Affirmation of Commitments (AoC) Reviews)
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Specific Reviews are required by ICANN Bylaws (Section 4.6). These reviews are led by teams which are selected by the SO/AC community to assess how well ICANN is:
1. Ensuring accountability, transparency and the interests of global Internet users
2. Preserving security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System (DNS)
3. Enforcing its existing policy relating to WHOIS, subject to applicable laws
4. Promoting competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice
Here is a listing of the Specific Reviews and key resources for each:
Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT)
How well does ICANN support mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency? Do the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest? Is ICANN effectively implementing community recommendations from previous Accountability and Transparency Reviews?
•Find opportunities to participate and progress updates on the ATRT3 Wiki Landing Page.
•Learn more about Review objectives, timeline and implementation progress on the ATRT Review Home Page.
Security, Stability and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (DNS) Review (SSR).
How well is ICANN improving security, operational stability, and resiliency matters, relating to the coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers? Does ICANN conform with a security contingency planning framework? Does ICANN maintain clear and globally interoperable security processes for the portions of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers that it coordinates?
•Find opportunities to participate and progress updates on the SSR2 wiki landing page.
•Learn more about Review objectives, timeline and implementation progress on the SSR Review Home Page.
Registration Directory Service Policy Review, formerly known as “WHOIS” (RDS/WHOIS).
How effectively does the gTLD registry directory service balance the legitimate needs of law enforcement with the need to safeguard registrant data and promote consumer trust?
•Find opportunities to participate and progress updates on the RDS/WHOIS2 wiki landing page.•Learn more about Review objectives, timeline and implementation progress on the RDS/WHOIS Review Home Page.
Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review (CCT).
Is the expansion of the new gTLD Program promoting competition, consumer trust and consumer choice? How effective is the New gTLD Round’s application and evaluation process and the safeguards put in place to mitigate issues arising from the New gTLD Round?
•Find opportunities to participate and progress updates on the CCT wiki landing page.•Learn more about Review objectives, timeline and implementation progress on the CCT Review Home Page.
Specific Reviews are scheduled to take twelve months to execute, but a substantial amount of work also goes into planning for each Review and implementing the recommendations that they deliver. As a result, the time it takes to plan, execute, and implement Review recommendations can take from 36 to 51 months.
Detailed Review Process Flow
Reviews follow a process of many steps with multiple stakeholders. To help make sense of it, we have broken down the process with a visual flow to help you connect the dots. Please click below to understand how specific reviews work.
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Timing of Specific Reviews
ICANN Bylaws require that each of the Specific Reviews shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years measured from the date the previous review team was convened.