No.RecommendationRecipientThematic Group SourceAssigneesStatus
 7A periodic review of ICANN's MSM should be performed to ensure that the processes and the composition of ICANN’s constituent parts adequately address the relevant decision-making requirements in the CorporationICANN BoardTG1
  • IANA Transition & ICANN Accountability



Implementation Details

Periodic Organizational Reviews are performed by independent examiners for each of ICANN’s Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs) (excluding the Governmental Advisory Committee - GAC), the Nominating Committee, Board of Directors, and the Technical Liaison Group (TLG). These reviews are meant to determine whether the organization has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, and if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness.

However, there does not seem to be a periodic review of the overall composition and balance of ICANN’s stakeholder groups.

While the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 2 (CCWG-Accountability WS2) has a SubGroup that addresses the SO/AC Accountability issues, evaluating the composition of ICANN’s constituent parts is not within the scope of its work.  

Next Step

The ALAC will advise the ICANN Board to initiate a process -- whether through an existing review process in ICANN (e.g. The Third Accountability and Transparency Review - ATRT3) or through a new periodic review process -- to evaluate the overall composition and balance of stakeholder representation in relations to their decision-making requirements in ICANN.


  • : Ariel Liang to send this recommendation to the ALAC mailing list for review. 
  • : Olivier Crepin-Leblond to get in touch with the Organizational Effectiveness Committee of the Board (Rinalia Abdul Rahim) with Alan Greenberg's permission 



  • Could feed into ICANN accountability process and the work of At-Large IANA issues WG.

    • CCWG-Accountability doesn't seem to work on the specifics as mentioned in the recommendations; 
    • In Work Stream 2, the CCWG will discuss how the rest of the community should be accountable to each other and the rest of the Board. Hence, this recommendation may be addressed after the IANA transition. 

    • Seems to be a fair assessment re previous notes. 

    • WS2 will address the accountability issue for all parts of ICANN. This recommendation doesn't concern that issue. 
    • Tijani Ben Jemaa: This recommendation speaks about the decision-making process in ICANN and the distribution of power? 
    • Olivier Crepin-Leblond: This recommendation talks about the review of all components of ICANN (e.g. the roles and structures of SOs/ACs). The organizational reviews address this. Another path of dressing this would be the CCWG-Accountability WS2? 
    • Tijani Ben Jemaa / Sebastien Bachollet: This recommendation is not really within the scope of the CCWG-Accountability. CCWG-Accountability WS2 will touch on the roles and structures of SOs/ACs, but its work is not all about organizational reviews. Maybe ATRT or other processes will address the global review of ICANN in a more systematic manner. 
    • R3 White Paper of the Future Challenges WG (re. restructuring ICANN) may be relevant to this recommendation. The ALAC needs to understand what exactly it wants out of this recommendation. 
    • This recommendation is related to ATLAS II Recommendation 13

    • The Board and every SO/AC has a full organization review

    • CCWG-Accountability WS2 *might* have an analysis and study of the overall multistakeholder model of ICANN; 

    • there does not seem to be a review of the overall MSM of ICANN -- this should be a topic of one of the existing reviews


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