[ALAC] CHARTER: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Wed Nov 5 20:03:22 UTC 2014

As many of you are aware, a new activity is being 
chartered to make recommendations on how to 
improve ICANN Accountability and Governance.

The purpose is two-fold:

1. the effort will recommend changes which are 
believed to be necessary in order to allow the 
IANA Stewardship Transition to take place - the 
US Department of Commerce National 
Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA) has explicitly included ICANN 
Accountability as a necessary pre-requisite for the transition;

2. as a 2nd track, the effort will address 
general ICANN Accountability and Governance needs 
over and above those needed for the IANA transition.

The process to be followed has evolved over 
recent months. It started with an ICANN staff 
devised methodology proposed in August which was 
modified significantly based on community 
feedback. Based on further community input which 
included a unified statement to senior ICANN 
management from volunteer leaders in all ACs and 
SOs in September, the entire process was replaced 
with a volunteer-led Cross Community Working Group (CCWG).

A proposed Charter has now been drafted by a 
small team which included Tijani Ben Jemaa and 
León Sánchez from the ALAC. This Charter can be 
found at https://community.icann.org/x/JjDxAg. It 
must now be ratified by all ACs and SOs that want 
to participate (presumably all of them).

Both Tijani and León believe that this Charter 
addresses all of the concerns that have been 
previously raised by At-Large and are 
recommending that the Charter be approved by the ALAC.

Please review the Charter and if you have 
comments or questions, please post them on the 
Wiki (https://community.icann.org/x/JjDxAg), and 
Tijani and León will address them.

We will accept comments until 12 November 2014 at 23:59 UTC.

A 5-day vote of the ALAC to ratify the Charter 
will begin on 13 November 2014 at 23:59.


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