Public Comment

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Improving Institutional Confidence

Open: 19 September 08
Closed: 20 October 08

Explanation:At the Midterm Review of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between ICANN and the US Department of Commerce, in February 2008, ICANN’s chairman announced a broad public consultation over possible changes to the organization. ICANN’s President’s Strategy Committee (PSC) then prepared two documents - an Improving Institutional Confidence in ICANN document, and a Transition Action Plan - using comments made to the Midterm Review and its previous work to help set out the requirements of a post-JPA ICANN and the steps needed to consult the community.

In those documents, five key areas are identified, and each of those areas is broken down into constituent parts in order to identify particular discussion points, focus debate, and produce specific steps forward. Those documents have been through one period of public comment and, having been revised as a result, have now entered a second.

In an effort to progress the consultation, an interactive forum has been set up that focuses comments and discussion on the individuals points and suggestions included in the revised documents. Please visit that forum at Alternatively, we have set up specific email addresses for each of the five main areas. Emails sent to each will appear in a specific “emailed comments” folder within this area’s folder on the discussion forum.

Staff member responsible: Kieren McCarthy

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