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ICANN: Audited Financial Statements Posted Within 120 Days After the Fiscal Year End

ICANN logoICANN continues to provide accountability and transparency regarding its financial results, with another unqualified audit report from independent auditors, Moss Adams LLP, for the fiscal year ended June 30th, 2013. The Report of Independent Auditors and Financial Statements for ICANN for the years ending 30 June 2013 and 2012 is available on the “Financial Information for ICANN” page of the ICANN.org site and also included in this announcement.

An unqualified opinion means that the financial statements are presented fairly in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

In accordance with Article XVI of ICANN‘s Bylaws, the audited financial statements are to be posted within 120 days following the close of the fiscal year, or by 28 October 2012. ICANN‘s FY12 Audited Financial Statements are now posted [PDF, 1.08 MB] and are available to the community. The Community is invited to review ICANN‘s audited financials and to provide commentaries and/or questions.

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ICANN to Hold Accountability & Transparency Activities Webinar – 31 August

ICANN logoICANN invites you to participate in a webinar on changes ICANN is implementing to enhance its accountability and transparency (also known as the Accountability & Transparency Review Team recommendations). The Webinar will be held Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 from 14:00 — 15:30 UTC and is open to all.

The webinair will provide an update on how ICANN’s Board, Governmental Advisory Committee, Nominating Committee, our volunteer community, and Staff are addressing the numerous recommendations developed by the Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) and accepted by the Board.

Progress and plans will be discussed, and your questions and comments will be welcomed on enhancements to:

  • The Board’s governance, operations, and composition, including the Nominating Committee processes for filling Board seats;
  • The Governmental Advisory Committee’s (GAC’s) role, effectiveness and Interaction with the Board;
  • Public input and policy processes; and
  • Review mechanisms for Board decisions.

More details, along with dial-in and Adobe connect information, will be issued shortly.

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Regulating the Root: The Role of ICANN as Regulator, and Accountability by Emily Alexandra Wilsdon

Abstract: The Internet is emphatically not a government free zone. A central part is ICANN – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – the institution which regulates the ‘root’ of the internet (the domain name system and internet protocol addresses). This a fundamental element of the architecture of the Internet. We would be, literally, lost without it. In a sense, the code of the Internet, its protocols and languages are regulation – they control how the system behaves. ICANN is the regulator who regulates that ‘regulation.’ Principles of global administrative law can, once suitably modified for the context, suggest the most effective reforms.ICANN displays features characteristic of a hybrid public-private regulator. Authority is formally delegated by the US, but importance is placed on the acceptance of ICANN as legitimate by the wider community (including technical experts). It is formed as a corporation, and regulates on a contractual basis. However, it is charged (legally) with pursuing the global public interest due to the way in which it was set up as a non-profit organization, and is essentially a monopoly. Institutional design has been approached from the start, and through successive reforms, with democratic norms in mind. However, there has historically been capture by powerful interests – due to the accountability deficit, in particular.In order to pursue reform effectively, ICANN should focus on transparency, giving reasons, and strengthened review. To be successful however, requires strong backing from all states and an ‘entrepreneur’ type Board with the expertise, interest, and focus on GAL ideas, and genuine representatives to form a coalition to push for reform effectively. Counter-intuitively, a crisis of legitimacy created by criticism that ICANN is unaccountable might strengthen the force of democratic norms in its design, as NGOs and others are empowered to demand reform.To download and read this research paper in full, see:

ICANN: Accountability and Transparency Review Team – Independent Expert Case Studies

ICANN logoThe Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) announced the selection of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society (Berkman) as an Independent Expert to assist its review under the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC).

The ATRT Announcement noted that Berkman would undertake a number of case studies including “the .xxx top-level domain application process.”  The ATRT wishes to clarify that the scope of this case study covers the review process (Independent Review Panel) and interaction between the GAC and the Board.  The case study will not cover the .xxx application process as part of its scope.

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ICANN Accountability and Transparency Statement

ICANN logoICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom, ICANN senior staff and the Accountability and Transparency Review Team met in Brussels on Thursday, June 24, and agreed on the following:

“ICANN’s strength is built on its diversity of views and experiences and on its wealth of knowledgeable people with a variety of interests in and perspectives on the ICANN process. We welcome the fact that the team includes a range of community voices.

Our goal is a fair, constructive and objective review process, conducted with full transparency, that leads to a better ICANN, and to that end ICANN staff and the review team will work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

We expect useful contributions to emerge from the review.”

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