ICANN: Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Review Final Report

ICANN logoBrief Overview

Purpose: The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to solicit and collect feedback on the ASO Review Final Report by ITEMS International.

Current Status: This public comment proceeding is occurring following a review by a third party, the independent examiner of the Address Supporting Organization (ASO), and prior to ASO implementation based on recommendations made in the Final Report.

Please note that the public comment proceeding has been shortened to less than the standard 40-day period. This is to ensure that all feedback from the ICANN community is submitted in time to inform the consultations and discussions about the Final Report that will occur during the next round of regional Internet registry meetings, beginning with APNIC44.

Next Steps: Following the close of the public comment proceeding, a summary report of public comments will be prepared.

Section I: Description and Explanation

Since February 2017, ITEMS International has been conducting a review of the ASO. The work from the past six months has culminated in a Final Report containing findings and recommendations for the ASO. Public participation, in the form of public comment, is an integral part of the process.

Section II: Background

The Number Resource Organization (NRO) comprises the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) which act collectively on matters relating to the interests of the RIRs and the Internet numbers community. The Address Supporting Organization (ASO) is the body specified in the ICANN Bylaws which advises the ICANN Board with respect to policy issues relating to the operation, assignment and management of Internet addresses. Per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the ICANN and the NRO, the two organizations agree that the NRO fulfills the role, responsibilities and functions of the ASO as defined within the ICANN Bylaws.

Under the terms of this MoU, the NRO shall provide a periodic review of ASO effectiveness within ICANN. The objective of the review is to determine whether the ASO has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, and if so, whether any change in structure or operations of the ASO is desirable to improve its effectiveness in the ICANN structure, and additionally whether the ASO is accountable to the Internet number community when carrying out its responsibilities.

Section III: Relevant Resources

Section IV: Additional Information

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