[AFRI-Discuss] Fwd: ICANN News Alert -- ITEMS International Appointed to Conduct Independent Review of the At-Large Community

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
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From: "ICANN News Alert" <no-reply at external.icann.org>
Date: 13 May 2016 7:21 p.m.
Subject: ICANN News Alert -- ITEMS International Appointed to Conduct
Independent Review of the At-Large Community
To: <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com>

[image: ICANN] <http://www.icann.org/> News Alert

ITEMS International Appointed to Conduct Independent Review of the At-Large

13 May 2016

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") has
appointed ITEMS <http://www.items.fr/> International to conduct an
independent review of the At-Large Community ("At-Large"). This review is
part of ICANN's commitment to continuous improvement, accountability and

The At-Large <https://atlarge.icann.org/> serves an important function –
representing the interests of Internet users. There are over 190 *At-Large
Structures (ALSes)* around the world and a growing number of *individual
members*. Whether it is an Internet-related consumer rights group, an
academic organization, or a public-minded individual, At-Large share a
passion for furthering the development of Information & Communications
Technology (ICTs) and contributing to policies that influence the technical
coordination of the Domain Name System. They ensure that the Internet
contributes to serve the global public interest.

In addition to assessing the effectiveness of the improvements resulting
from the previous Review conducted in 2008, the purpose of this Review is
to (1) acknowledge areas that are working well, (2) identify areas that
need improvement and propose needed changes, and (3) evaluate the
organizational effectiveness of the At-Large Community – ALAC, Regional
At-Large Organizations (RALOs) and At-Large Structures (ALSes), in
accordance with the ICANN-provided objective and quantifiable criteria.

The Review is scheduled to commence immediately and will conclude in April
2017, and like reviews of other structures within ICANN, is mandated by
ICANN's Bylaws <https://www.icann.org/en/about/governance/bylaws>.

The At-Large Review addresses the new, improved approach to conducting
reviews. The At-Large will be a protagonist in this inclusive process: in
keeping with ICANN's bottom-up, multistakeholder approach, this review
process will incorporate a "self-review" by the At-Large community and its
direct involvement. An online survey will collect feedback from other ICANN
structures and community members, the Board and staff. ITEMS will collect
both quantitative and qualitative data through various work methods to
develop a sufficient basis for formulating findings and recommendations.

The selection of an independent examiner is done in accordance with ICANN's
procurement process and involves Organizational Review Staff and the
Organizational Effectiveness Committee of the Board ("OEC"), who is
responsible for overseeing the Organizational Review process. Six proposals
were carefully evaluated based on the selection criteria developed in
collaboration with the At-Large community. These criteria included:

   - Understanding of the assignment
   - Knowledge and expertise (including knowledge of ICANN)
   - Proposed methodology
   - Flexibility – ability to extend schedule based on community needs
   - Reference checks
   - Financial value
   - Independence including no conflict of interest

ITEMS International is a Paris-based consultancy firm specialized in
regulatory and governance aspects of the telecommunications sector and the
Internet. Since 1994, ITEMS has conducted numerous high-level consulting
assignments for French, European and International clients including Afnic,
ICANN, the European Commission, CEPAL, ETSI, Orange and NTT. ITEMS
conducted the first Organizational Reviews of the Country Code Names
Supporting Organization (ccNSO) in 2010, and the Address Supporting
Organization (ASO) in 2011. From 2008 to 2012, ITEMS actively promoted the
gTLD program, and the regularly advises the French ccTLD Afnic - most
recently during the renewal of its contract with the French government to
operate the .fr. ITEMS International consultants are multilingual and
multidisciplinary, combining academic, industry and regulatory expertise.
For further information on ITEMS, visit their website <http://www.items.fr/>

Additional information:

   - At-Large Review Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
   - At-Large Review Working Space
   - At-Large web site <https://atlarge.icann.org/>
   - Organizational Reviews Information
   - Introduction to Reviews <https://youtu.be/GmdKw5rRTTI>

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