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ICANN: Country Code Names Supporting Organization Review Final Report Submitted

Today [3 Sep] ICANN announced that the Meridian Institute, the independent examiner of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), has concluded its review and submitted its final report.

Final Report

The final report is the result of Meridian’s review of documents, observation of meetings, interviews and a community-wide survey. Meridian also collaborated closely with the ccNSO Review Working Party (RWP) and wider ICANN community via webinar, public comment, and public sessions during ICANN64 and ICANN65. The report contains important findings on how the ccNSO fulfills its purpose, manages its structure and operations, and strives for accountability.

Based upon the findings, the Meridian Institute’s determination is that:

  • the ccNSO has a strong continuing purpose;
  • there does not seem to be a significant need to make structural or operational changes; and
  • the ccNSO is accountable to its constituencies, including its members.

The report contains 14 recommendations for continuous improvements, some of which have already been acted on by the ccNSO.

Background

An independent review of the ccNSO is mandated by ICANN‘s Bylaws. The purpose of the review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO‘s effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. Meridian Institute was selected to perform the review and began its work in August 2018. Learn more about the ccNSO Review here.

About ICANN

ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2019-09-03-en

ICANN: ccNSO Review Assessment Report for Community Input; Join the Upcoming Webinar

Meridian Institute, the independent examiner performing the second review of ICANN‘s Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), has published its assessment report for community consultation.

Read the report [PDF, 940 KB].

Your comments are encouraged and can be sent to reviews@icann.org until 23:59 UTC on 26 April 2019. All comments will be forwarded to the ccNSO Review Working Party mailing list which is publicly archived.

The assessment report contains important and valuable findings from the ccNSO and surrounding community on how the ccNSO fulfills its purpose, manages its structure and operations, and strives for accountability.

Findings

Based upon the findings, Meridian Institute’s overall determination is that:

  • The ccNSO has a strong continuing purpose;
  • There do not seem to be significant needs to make structural or operational changes; and
  • The ccNSO is accountable to its constituencies, including its members.

The goal of the assessment report is to achieve agreement between the wider ICANN community and the independent examiner as to which areas of the ccNSO work well and which may benefit from improvements. Recommendations for continuous improvement based on the findings will be presented in the draft final report, expected to be published for public comment in June 2019. All organizational reviews convened after the second At-Large Review follow this two-phased approach, which helps bolster the organizational review process and the accountability of the organizations under review.

Join the Webinar

Meridian Institute will host a community webinar on the assessment report, during which participants will have the opportunity to provide initial feedback and ask questions.

  • Date: 17 April 2019
  • Time: 21:00 – 22:00 UTC (click here to view time zone converter)
  • To participate, please RSVP to: mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive a calendar invite and dial-in details (also available here).

A recording will be made available here.

Background

An independent review of the ccNSO is mandated by ICANN‘s Bylaws. The purpose of the review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO‘s effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. This is part of ICANN‘s commitment to its own evolution and improvement, accountability and transparency. Meridian Institute was selected to perform the review and began its work in August 2018.

Learn more about the ccNSO Review here.

About ICANN

ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2019-04-08-en

ICANN: ccNSO Review Survey Available for Community Input

Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), has published a survey for community input.

Click here to take the survey now.

The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with ccNSO or have suggestions for ways to improve it. The survey is informed by learnings from Meridian Institute’s research and interviews conducted to date.

Following the close of the survey on 21 December 2018 at 23:59 UTC, Meridian Institute will evaluate responses, along with input received via interviews and other forums, as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in February 2019.

As with all ICANN Organizational Reviews, the second ccNSO review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment.

Background

The purpose of the Bylaws-mandated ccNSO review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO‘s effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. Meridian Institute was selected to conduct the second ccNSO review in August 2018.

About ICANN

ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2018-11-27-en

Meridian Institute to Conduct Independent Review of the ccNSO

ICANN has appointed Meridian Institute to conduct the second independent review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). This review is mandated by ICANN‘s Bylaws and is part of its ongoing commitment to accountability and transparency. Meridian Institute will begin work on the review immediately, and is expected to submit its final report in July 2019.

Selection of the Independent Examiner

The selection of an independent examiner followed ICANN‘s rigorous procurement process. The process was led by the ICANN organization and validated by the Board’s Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). The OEC is responsible for overseeing ICANN‘s Organizational Reviews process.

The selection criteria for the independent examiner was developed in collaboration with the ccNSO Review Working Party. The criteria included: understanding of the assignment, comprehension of the ccNSO‘s role within the ICANN structure, and the independence of the proposed team.

ccNSO Review Activity at ICANN63

As part of their data collection, the Meridian Institute team leads will be conducting in-person interviews at ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain, with current and past members of the ccNSO, informed community members, and members of the ICANN organization and Board. If you are traveling to ICANN63 and would like to be considered for a one-on-one interview, please send an email to jennifer.bryce@icann.org.

Members of the Meridian Institute team will also provide an update to the community on the progress of the review during a public session at ICANN63. Details of the public session will be posted to the ccNSO review wiki in due course.

About Meridian Institute

Meridian Institute is a trusted third-party not-for-profit organization that has specialized in multistakeholder processes for more than 20 years. To ensure the integrity of both processes and results, Meridian Institute involves representatives from diverse sectors, communities, and stakeholder groups in its work. Team members bring objectivity as independent process experts, strategic advisors, and as a trusted third party.

Past projects have resulted in:

  • Private sector and civil society partnerships;
  • Multistakeholder consensus policy recommendations and implementation plans; and
  • Incorporation of diverse stakeholder input in regulatory agencies and institutions.

The Meridian Institute team is led by Kristy Buckley, and includes Mallorie Bruns, Annie Shapiro, and Sara Suriani. To learn more about Meridian Institute, click here.

About the ccNSO

According to the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO is responsible for:

  • Developing and recommending to the Board global policies relating to country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs);
  • Nurturing consensus across the ccNSO‘s community, including the name-related activities of ccTLDs;
  • Coordinating with other ICANN Supporting Organizations, committees, and constituencies;
  • Nominating individuals to fill Seats 11 and 12 on the Board; and
  • Other responsibilities of the ccNSO as set forth in the ICANN Bylaws.

For more information about the ccNSO, visit the dedicated website.

Background

The purpose of the bylaws-mandated ccNSO review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO‘s effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. To learn more about the ccNSO Review, click here.

About ICANN

ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2018-08-31-en

ICANN: Deadline Extension: Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review

ICANN has extended its deadline for applicants to respond to its request for proposal for (RFP) for a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). The new deadline is Monday 4 June 2018, 16:00 UTC.

The objective of this RFP is to identify an independent examiner that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of the ccNSO. This includes, but is not limited to assessments of:

  • Whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure;
  • How effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO‘s effectiveness; and
  • The extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups.

The review is scheduled to take place from August 2018 through July 2019. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please see here [PDF, 107 KB].

Indications of interest must be emailed to: ccNSOReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 4 June 2018, 16:00 UTC using ICANN‘s sourcing tool. Access to the sourcing tool may be requested via the same email address as above.

Background

According to the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO is responsible for:

  • Developing and recommending to the Board global policies relating to country-code top-level domains;
  • Nurturing consensus across the ccNSO‘s community, including the name-related activities of ccTLDs;
  • Coordinating with other ICANN Supporting Organizations, committees, and constituencies under ICANN;
  • Nominating individuals to fill Seats 11 and 12 on the Board; and
  • Other responsibilities of the ccNSO as set forth in the Bylaws.

For more information about the ccNSO, visit the website.

About ICANN

ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2018-05-23-en

ICANN: Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review

ICANN is seeking a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO).

The objective of this RFP is to identify an independent examiner that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of the ccNSO. This includes, but is not limited to assessments of:

  • Whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure;
  • How effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO‘s effectiveness; and
  • The extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups.

The review is scheduled to take place from August 2018 through July 2019. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please see here [PDF, 107 KB].

Indications of interest must be emailed to: ccNSOReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 24 May 2018 using ICANN‘s sourcing tool. Access to the sourcing tool may be requested via the same email address as above.

Background

According to the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO is responsible for:

  • Developing and recommending to the Board global policies relating to country-code top-level domains;
  • Nurturing consensus across the ccNSO‘s community, including the name-related activities of ccTLDs;
  • Coordinating with other ICANN Supporting Organizations, committees, and constituencies under ICANN;
  • Nominating individuals to fill Seats 11 and 12 on the Board; and
  • Other responsibilities of the ccNSO as set forth in the Bylaws.

For more information about the ccNSO, visit the website.

About ICANN

ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

This ICANN announcement is sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2018-04-26-en

ICANN: Pre-ICANN 55 Policy Update Webinar

ICANN55 Marrakech logoThe ICANN Policy Development Support Team will provide a Policy Update Webinar on Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC, summarizing policy activities across the ICANN policy development community and the ongoing Transition of Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions and the ICANN Accountability efforts.

Please RSVP via this form by 19 February 2016.
Remote participation details will be sent the week of 22 February 2016.

Updates will also be provided on topics from ICANN‘s Support Organizations and Advisory Committees:

  • Address Supporting Organization (ASO) and Regional Internet Registries (RIR) Activities
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): Next-generation Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): Review of Rights Protection Mechanisms in all generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)  Policy Development Process
  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Activity Update
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) review of criteria and expectations of At-Large Structures in parallel with the At-Large Review.
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and Regional At-Large Organizations (RALO) Activities
  • Government Advisory Committee‘s (GAC): IANA Stewardship Transition – GAC Verdict on the CCWG Accountability report.
  • Government Advisory Committee‘s (GAC): Remaining issues with the New gTLD Program, in particular implementation of GAC Advice
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Advisories and Activity Update
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Activity Update

The two sessions are duplicates, scheduled to accommodate different time zones. Each session runs for 90 minutes and will be conducted in English. The webinar will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function in Adobe Connect.

Recordings of the webinars will be made available here. The Policy Development Support Team is always available to answer any questions via email at policyinfo@icann.org.

Please RSVP via this form by 19 February 2016.
Remote participation details will be sent the week of 22 February 2016.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-08-en

Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions: Deadline is 20 March

ICANN participants logoICANN‘s Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or to recommend candidates for ICANN‘s key leadership positions. Applications are invited for the following positions:

  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors
  • Two At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) representatives (one each from the Europe and North America regions)
  • One member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • One member of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

Individuals selected by the NomCom will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe and help shape the Internet’s technical coordination and policy development.

Those selected will also gain valuable insights and experience from working across boundaries of knowledge, responsibility, culture and geography. They will be making a valuable public service contribution towards the functioning and evolution of this essential global resource. Guided by the broad public interest, those selected will work to fulfill ICANN‘s mission to coordinate the global Internet’s systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure its stable and secure operation.

Current NomCom-selected Board members include: Cherine Chalaby, Steve Crocker, Asha Hemrajani, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Bruno Lanvin, Erika Mann, George Sadowsky and Lousewies Van der Laan.

Please submit applications for the positions described above through the on-line application request form at (http://nomcom.icann.org/apply) or by emailing nomcom2016@icann.org.

For more information, please visit the 2016 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, please email: nomcom2016@icann.org.

Candidate recommendations are encouraged and can be submitted through an on-line form at http://nomcom.icann.org/suggest.

All applications are confidential and should be received by 20 March 2016 (23:59 UTC) for full consideration. Selections will be announced in August or September 2016. Successful candidates will take up their positions following ICANN‘s Annual Meeting in October 2016.

Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions.

These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including travel to ICANN‘s three annual Public Meetings. Recent ICANN Public Meetings were held in Singapore, Buenos Aires and Dublin. Meetings during 2016 will be held in Marrakech (5 – 10 March 2016), Panama City and San Juan.

Reasonable direct expenses incurred in the course of service will be reimbursed.

Each Board Member has the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but is not required to do so. (See https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2014-07-30-en#2.b.)

Background:

The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with selecting eight members of the Board of Directors and other key positions within ICANN‘s structure.

It is designed to function independently from the ICANN Board, Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees. NomCom members act only on behalf of the interests of the global Internet community and within the scope of the ICANN mission and responsibilities assigned to it by the ICANN Bylaws.

NomCom members contribute understanding of the broad interests of the Internet community as a whole, and knowledge and experience of specific Internet constituencies who have appointed them.

The challenge for the NomCom is to integrate these perspectives and derive consensus in its selections. Although appointed by Supporting Organizations and other ICANN bodies, individual NomCom members are not accountable to their appointing bodies.

NomCom members are accountable for adherence to the ICANN Bylaws and for compliance with the rules and procedures established by the NomCom.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-12-17-en

Pre-ICANN 54 Policy Update Webinar

ICANN54 Dublin logoThe ICANN Policy Development Support Team will provide a Policy Update Webinar on Thursday, 8 October 2015 at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC, summarizing policy activities across the ICANN policy development community and the ongoing Transition of Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions and the ICANN Accountability efforts.

Please RSVP via this form by 2 October 2015. Remote participation details will be sent the week of 5 October 2015.

Updates will also be provided on topics from ICANN‘s Support Organizations and Advisory Committees:

  • Address Supporting Organization (ASO) and Regional Internet Registries (RIR) Activities
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): New generic Top Level Domain subsequent procedures
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): Data & Metrics for GNSO policy making
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): Review of Rights Protection Mechanisms in all generic Top Level Domains
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): Next Generation generic Top Level Domain Registration Directory Services to Replace WHOIS
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues
  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Activity Update
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and Regional At-Large Organizations (RALO) Activities
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC): The work of the At-Large Structure (ALS) Criteria and Expectations Taskforce
  • Government Advisory Committee‘s (GAC) High-Level Meeting (HLM) at ICANN 55 in Marrakech
  • Government Advisory Committee‘s (GAC): The Protection of IGO Names and Acronyms
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Activity Update
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Activity Update

The two sessions are duplicates, scheduled to accommodate different time zones. Each session runs for 90 minutes and will be conducted in English. The webinar will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function in Adobe Connect.

Recordings of the webinars will be made available here. The Policy Development Support Team is always available to answer any questions via email at policyinfo@icann.org.

Please RSVP via this form by 2 October 2015.
Remote participation details will be sent the week of 5 October 2015.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-09-17-en