Questions to the Community on Accountability and Transparency within ICANN

ICANN logoPurpose (Brief): With the goal of producing final recommendations by 31 December 2013, the second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT 2), mandated by paragraph 9.1 of the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), is currently in the process of defining its scope, roadmap and work program. To inform its work, the ATRT 2 now seeks input from the Community on a set of questions [PDF, 129 KB] compiled for the Community’s consideration. Community participation is essential to the success of the review and all input will be carefully considered. The ATRT 2 welcomes any additional feedback.

Current Status: Questions to the ICANN Community

Next Steps: Public comments are requested to inform Accountability and Transparency Review Team 2 (ATRT 2) actions.

Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose:

The second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT 2), mandated by paragraph 9.1 of the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), commenced its activities in February 2013. With the goal of producing final recommendations by 31 December 2013, the Review Team is currently in the process of defining its scope, roadmap and work program. To date, the Review Team has identified issues, projects to review in light of the AoC requirements and divided the work into four work streams:

  1. ATRT1 – review of implementation of ATRT1 Review Team recommendations + any new recommendations – AoC 9.1 (a)-(e);
  2. Security, Stability and and Resiliency – review of implementation of SSR Review Team recommendations – AoC 9.2(a)-(c);
  3. WHOIS – review of implementation of WHOIS Review Team Team recommendations AoC 9.3.1;
  4. Consider the extent to which assessments and actions undertaken by ICANN have been successful in ensuring that ICANN is acting transparently, is accountable for its decision-making, and acts in the public interest.

To inform its work, the ATRT 2 now seeks input from the Community on a set of questions [PDF, 129 KB] compiled for the Community’s consideration. Community participation is essential to the success of the review and all input will be carefully considered. The ATRT 2 welcomes any additional feedback.

Section II: Background:

As prescribed by the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), ICANN is to organize a review of its accountability and transparency commitments no less frequently than every three years. The first Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) was launched in early 2010, delivered its final report on 31 December 2010, and ICANN‘s Board approved implementation of the report’s recommendations on 24 June 2011 (for further information, refer to: www.icann.org/en/about/aoc-review/atrt). On 5 October 2012, ICANN invited interested individuals to apply for a position of Volunteer Review Team Member, representing a Supporting Organization or Advisory Committee, or for a position of Independent Expert on the second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT 2), consistent with the AoC timeframe. The ATRT 2 composition was announced on 15 February 2013 and held its first face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles on 14-15 March 2013.

Section III: Document and Resource Links:

Section IV: Additional Information:

Please submit your comments to comments-atrt2-02apr13@icann.org by 2 May 2013. The reply period will open on 3 May 2013 and will close on 24 May 2013. The ATRT 2 activities and materials may be viewed on the Team’s public wiki. The ATRT 2 invites the Community to share their unique feedback with them in Beijing on Wednesday, 10 April – 11:00-12:30 (Grand Hall A) – please refer to session details for full information: beijing46.icann.org/node/37175

Comment / Reply Periods

  • Comment Open Date: 2 April 2013
  • Comment Close Date: 2 May 2013
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