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Call for Volunteers for the Third Review of ICANN Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3) Extended

Represent the global stakeholder community by participating in ICANN Reviews. Apply today to join the team of global experts that will help improve the transparency and accountability of ICANN, and ensure it meets its commitments to the global community.

ICANN is seeking volunteers to serve on the third review of ICANN Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3). To apply, please click here [PDF, 2.78 MB] to fill out your Statement of Interest. You may also print out the Statement of Interest form and submit it to

The ATRT3 Call for Volunteers was scheduled from 31 January to 21 April 2017. This call is now extended to Friday, 2 June 2017, 23:59 UTC to give more time to community members to learn about this review and submit their applications. The goal is to have a pool of diverse and skilled applicants for the SO/ACs to select from. All applications and supporting materials will be published as they are received on the public ATRT3 wiki page.

Selection of the Review Team

Under the new Bylaws, each SO/AC will have an opportunity to nominate up to seven applicants to serve on the Review Team. An applicant’s name will only be presented to the SO/AC identified by the applicant for consideration. After SO/AC nomination process concludes, all nominations will be provided to the SO/AC leaders to conduct the selection process for the Review Team according to the specified expertise and geographic and gender diversity from the nominations received. The Review Team may contain up to 21 members, plus an ICANN Board member (designated by the ICANN Board).

For candidates that are seeking a nomination of an SO or AC, we suggest that you communicate and establish a relationship with the leadership of the respective SO or AC.

Context and Chronology

The specific objectives for the ATRT3 are to review ICANN’s execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community.

ICANN’s Accountability and Transparency Review originated under the Affirmation of Commitments in 2009. Effective 1 October 2016, ICANN’s obligation to conduct this review was incorporated into ICANN Bylaws. The composition of the Review Team will be determined by the ICANN community. For more information, please see Section 4.6. of the ICANN Bylaws.

More information is included in the "Background" section below to provide an overview of events leading up to this Call for Volunteers.

Scope of the Accountability and Transparency Review

ICANN Bylaws mandate that the community conduct a periodic Review to assess how ICANN is executing its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency. This ensures that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community. The focus of the ATRT3 Review may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Assess and improve Board governance which may include an ongoing evaluation of Board performance, the Board selection process, the extent to which the Board’s composition and allocation structure meets ICANN’s present and future needs, and the appeal mechanisms for Board decisions contained in the Bylaws;
  • Assess the role and effectiveness of the GAC’s interaction with the Board and with the broader ICANN community; and make recommendations for improvements to ensure effective consideration by ICANN of GAC input on the public policy aspects of the technical coordination of the DNS;
  • Assess and improve the processes by which ICANN receives public input (including adequate explanation of decisions taken and rationale);
  • Assess the extent to which ICANN’s decisions are supported and accepted by the Internet community;
  • Assess the policy development process to facilitate enhanced cross community deliberations, and effective and timely policy development;
  • Assess and improve the Independent Review Process; and
  • Assess the extent to which prior Accountability and Transparency Review recommendations have been implemented and the extent to which implementation of such recommendations has resulted in the intended effect.


ATRT3 Review Team members will not receive compensation from ICANN for their service on the team. However, travel, meal and lodging costs for Review Team members who participate in Review Team meetings will be reimbursed upon request in accordance with ICANN’s community support travel guidelines.


Review Team members will have the following general responsibilities:

  • Participate in creation of charter documents for the Review Team;
  • Select appropriate performance indicators and benchmarks;
  • Consider public, ICANN Organization and Board input and incorporate it as appropriate in Review Team recommendations;
  • Determine whether additional data or analysis is needed and participate in an ensuing provider selection, if necessary, in accordance with ICANN procurement practices;
  • Provide timely updates to the community on the status of the Review Team’s work;
  • Analyze findings;
  • Draw conclusions based on findings, develop useful, feasible and implementable recommendations;
  • Provide guidance on prioritization of recommendations and definition of desired outcomes;
  • Post the Draft Report of the Review Team for public review and comment;
  • Deliver a Final Report of the Review Team;
  • Designate several Review Team members to participate in the implementation planning work that follows the delivery of the Final Report of the Review Team and Board action on the recommendations.

Skills and Experience

To compose a well-balanced Review Team, ICANN seeks members who, in the aggregate, possess the following skills and experience:

  • Performance assessment and audits
  • Good governance and board performance
  • Performance measurement
  • Process improvement
  • Knowledge of recognized frameworks for organizational excellence
  • Principles of accountability applicable to organizations broadly similar to ICANN
  • Expertise with Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) Work Stream 1 (WS1) and Work Stream 2 (WS2) highly desired

Desired Attributes

Applicants should possess the following professional and personal attributes:

  • Commitment and time to participate
  • Multistakeholder community understanding
  • Team spirit, adaptability, consensus-seeking attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Readiness to contribute
  • Capacity to reason objectively, putting aside personal opinions or preconceptions
  • Analytical skills
  • Good communication skills using multiple methods and tools

Methodology, Budget and Support

ICANN will provide the Review Team with a clearly articulated review budget. Throughout the Review, the Review Team will periodically report on its progress related to planned schedule and budget.

ICANN organizational support will be made available to the Review Team. Support will include assistance with project management, organization of work, documents and activities, and sharing of tools and best practices for conducting an effective review.

English is the working language of the Review Team. Key communications and documents will be translated in accordance with the ICANN Language Services policies [PDF, 277 KB]. Review Team calls are conducted using Adobe Connect.


The ICANN Bylaws stipulate that "The Accountability and Transparency Review shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years measured from the date the previous Accountability and Transparency Review Team was convened." That would mean that the Call for Volunteers would take place no later than 4 October 2017. However, prior to the incorporation of this review into the ICANN Bylaws, several events took place leading up to ICANN’s current commitment to launch the Call for Volunteers for ATRT3 in January 2017.

The information presented below provides an overview of events leading up to this Call for Volunteers.

  • October 2012 – Call for Volunteers for the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2).
  • February 2013 – ATRT2 Review Team announced.
  • December 2013 – ATRT2 issued Final Report [PDF, 3.46 MB] and Recommendations.
  • June 2014 – the ICANN Board of Directors accepted all twelve ATRT2 Recommendations and directed the President and CEO of ICANN, through his designee(s), to proceed with the implementation – Resolution 2014.06.26.14. For more information on the status of the implementation activities, please visit the ATRT2 Implementation Wiki.
  • July 2015 – In response to community concerns about workload, the ICANN Board delayed the start of ATRT3 until July 2017 via Resolution 2015.07.28.09. Note that under the Affirmation of Commitments, reviews were on a shorter cycle.
  • January 2016 – In response to concerns raised by The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) about delaying ATRT3 until July 2017, ICANN noted [PDF, 469 KB] that the Call for Volunteers to form the ATRT3 Review Team will be launched in January 2017.
  • August 2016 – the Co-Chairs of the Cross Community Working Group on ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) wrote [PDF, 118 KB] to the ICANN Board, presenting possible options of how to combine Work Stream 2 (WS2) efforts and the ATRT3 work, to avoid work duplication. The co-Chairs took this step because as the IANA Stewardship Transition was being completed, and the ICANN Community was engaged in WS2 to address remaining issues, many of the WS2 topics were related to issues expected to be addressed in the ATRT3, i.e. accountability and transparency.
  • October 2016 – The ICANN Board responded [PDF, 439 KB] that, "It is not up to the Board to dictate the scope of this important community review. While we share the concerns raised of avoiding duplication of resources, it is essential that the broader ICANN community have a voice in determining how the ATRT3 should be scoped in alignment with the Bylaws. The Board and the ICANN Organization stand ready to support the community’s direction."
  • December 2016 – the CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs contacted the SO/AC Chairs, proposing a limited scope for ATRT3 as well as a reduced-size Review Team. They suggested that if the broader ICANN Community agrees with the proposal and rationale, the SO/AC chairs issue a public statement or letter to the ICANN CEO and Board Chair that explains why a limited scope is appropriate and indicate the level of support among the ICANN community for this limitation. ICANN organization is not aware of any collective community response to the CCWG-Accountability Co-Chair’s note.

April 20, 2017   No Comments

Proposed Renewal of .NET Registry Agreement

Open Date: 20 April 2017 Close Date: 30 May 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview: ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2011 Registry Agreement for .NET set to expire on 30 June 2017.

April 20, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Holds First Capacity Development Workshop for Pacific GAC Members

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group will hold the first capacity development workshop for Pacific GAC members and representatives from 28 – 29 April 2017 in Nadi, Fiji.

The workshop, themed “Harnessing the Potential of the Pacific GAC Representatives for Better Participation in ICANN”, will focus on raising awareness and assist in building capacity of Pacific GAC representatives and governments on how best to effectively participate and contribute to policy making at ICANN. It is supported by the Fiji Government’s Department of Communications.

Shivnesh Prasad, Director of the Department of Communications, Government of Fiji, will be making the opening remarks. 20 government delegates representing 16 Pacific countries (Australia, Cook Islands, Federated State of Mircronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) will also be attending the workshop.

For the Pacific region, challenges such as inadequate Internet access, human resource or unreliable Internet can make participation in ICANN difficult. The workshop will discuss ways to assist Pacific GAC representatives’ contribution to ICANN discussions. It will also introduce critical active relevant policy topics, working groups including relevant GAC and cross-community working groups that require the immediate attention and participation of GAC members. The workshop will seek feedback from the Pacific GAC representatives on how to better help them improve their regional footprint as well as at ICANN.

The workshop will cover a range of topics including:

  • Introduction to the ICANN ecosystem
  • Participation in ICANN’s policy development process
  • Discussion on domain names (new generic top-level domains (gTLD), country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), etc.) and role of GAC
  • Security, stability and resiliency of the Internet
  • Next steps for Pacific GAC representatives

The full agenda can be found here [PDF, 247 KB].


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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. 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 and a community with participants from all over the world. For more information, please visit:

April 20, 2017   No Comments

Attend the GNSO Webinar on the Geographic Names at the Top-Level on Tuesday, 25 April

As part of its efforts to engage the ICANN community on the issue of geographic names at the top-level, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group (WG) will hold two webinar sessions on Tuesday, 25 April 2017. The webinar will be the beginning of a discussion that will continue at ICANN59 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The PDP WG leadership team will be holding an extended session in Johannesburg to work through the positions presented in the webinars and propose solutions on how to establish a common ground on the way forward.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the webinar and contribute their perspectives. To attend the webinar, please email to receive participation details and timely updates on the program.

The first webinar session will take place at 15:00-17:00 UTC, and the second session will take place at 22:00-00:00 UTC. Various organizations and individual ICANN community members will present their positions on the treatment of geographic names in the webinars.

Group Presenters

  • Brand Registry Group
  • GAC Working Group on the Protection of Geographic Names
  • GeoTLD Group
  • Intellectual Property Constituency
  • International Trademark Association – Geographic Names Subcommittee (Internet Committee)

Individual Presenters

  • Heather Forrest
  • Thomas Lowenhaupt
  • Paul McGrady
  • Alexander Schubert

The webinars will be recorded and archived. Please visit this wiki page for webinar materials and additional information about the Johannesburg session.

If you have any questions, please email

April 19, 2017   No Comments

Updated ICANN Procedure for Handling WHOIS Conflicts with Privacy Laws Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 18 April 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the updated Procedure for Handling WHOIS Conflicts with Privacy Laws (WHOIS Procedure), which is effective immediately.

Read the Revised WHOIS Procedure.

The WHOIS Procedure has been revised to incorporate an alternative trigger to invoke the WHOIS Procedure. The current trigger in the WHOIS Procedure allows a registry operator or ICANN-accredited registrar to invoke the procedure if the contracted party is in receipt of a notification of an action that its compliance with WHOIS obligations is prevented by local laws. With the additional trigger, a registry operator or ICANN-accredited registrar may now also invoke the WHOIS Procedure by providing ICANN with a written statement from the applicable government agency responsible for enforcing its data privacy laws and indicating that a WHOIS obligation in an ICANN contract conflicts with such applicable national law.

The modification to the WHOIS Procedure is based on input from the community and the work of an Implementation Advisory Group (IAG), which was tasked with reviewing possible changes to the WHOIS Procedure and providing the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) with recommendations to facilitate resolution of issues where WHOIS requirements conflict with applicable laws.

In May 2016, the IAG submitted its final report and recommendation to the GNSO Council. In February 2017, the GNSO Council passed a resolution adopting IAG’s recommendation and confirmed that the modification to the WHOIS Procedure does not change the intent of the original GNSO policy recommendations.


In November 2005, the GNSO concluded a policy development process (PDP) establishing a Procedure to allow gTLD registry operators and registrars to demonstrate when they are prevented by local laws from fully complying with the provisions of their respective ICANN contracts regarding personal data in WHOIS. The ICANN Board of Directors adopted the recommendations in May 2006 and directed staff to develop such a procedure. A contracted party that credibly demonstrates that it is legally prevented from complying with its WHOIS obligations can invoke the procedure, which became effective in January 2008. To date, the procedure has never been invoked. ICANN launched a review of the procedure in May 2014 and has concluded this review with this update to the WHOIS Procedure.

Following a Call for Volunteers addressed to all interested parties, an IAG was formed to review the implementation of the policy recommendations and began its work in January 2015. The IAG devoted most of its time to discussing whether additional triggers to invoke the Procedure should be incorporated and, if so, how to ensure that they remain consistent with the existing policy.


ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to 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 and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet’s naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit:

April 18, 2017   No Comments

Recommendations to Improve SO/AC Accountability

Open Date: 14 April 2017 Close Date: 26 May 2017
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)
  • Bylaws
  • Transparency/Accountability
Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 (WS2) draft recommendations to Improve SO/AC Accountability. These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 1 (CCWG-Accountability, WS1).

April 14, 2017   No Comments

‭ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Call for FY17 Q3 takes place on 27 April 1500 UTC‬‬‬‬‬‬. Register now

ICANN has announced its FY17 Q3 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 27 April 1500 UTC. The call will focus on how ICANN has implemented community policy for the quarter ending 31 March 2017, as well as provide an update from our European engagement team. This European update is part of a new format to spotlight regional activities.

Please click here to register for the call and receive instructions on how to join. If you are unable to access the form, please email us your full name and an email address to be registered.

‭The call is open to anyone and live interpretation will be offered in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. There will be a question & answer (Q&A) session and all materials (recordings, transcripts and presentations) will be made available on the ICANN website.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

‭These calls were organized to enhance ICANN’s accountability and transparency efforts. They are also a great way for you to stay informed on what the organization has done in line with ICANN’s mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable.

More information‬‬

‭Please visit the Reporting page on the ICANN website for more information, including recordings of previous calls. The presentation will be posted 24-48 hours in advance.

April 12, 2017   No Comments

Survey to Contribute Your Views to the Independent Assessment of the Ombudsman Office

Have you ever interacted with ICANN’s Office of the Ombudsman? Do you have thoughts on areas for improvement? Please take the survey to contribute to the current Ombudsman Assessment.

This assessment of the ICANN Ombudsman Office was initiated in response to Recommendations from the Second Accountability and Transparency Review and the community-led WorkStream 2.

The survey has been developed by the independent assessor, Cameron Ralph LLC, in conjunction with the WS2 Subteam ‘Ombuds’. All survey responses are submitted anonymously by default. Your name is collected to assure legitimate responses and only the independent assessor has access to the information you provide. All responses and results will be anonymized.

Please direct any questions you may have to

April 10, 2017   No Comments

New Contracting Statistics Released

April 7, 2017   No Comments

New Contracting Statistics Released

April 7, 2017   No Comments