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The text below is excerpted from the Process and Next Steps published on 14 August 2014. 

ICANN Accountability & Governance Cross Community Group

The Cross Community Group has three tasks:

  1. Identify issues for discussion or improvement;
  2. Appoint participants to the Coordination Group which may be members of the Cross Community Group or from the broader stakeholder groups; and
  3. Provide ongoing community input to the Coordination Group.

Membership in the Cross Community Group is open to any stakeholder. There are no prescribed membership numbers or methods of selection to this group. The Cross Community Group is envisioned as the place for representative participation for the ICANN community.  Those who wish to follow and observe the work of the Cross Community Group will be able to do so through the open working methods expected for the Cross Community Group. The development of the Cross Community Group addresses comments made regarding the need for representation across ICANN's SOs, ACs, and the GNSO SG's in a way that is fully community directed. The community – not ICANN leadership – selects the members.  One of the first tasks of the Cross Community Group will be to select its Chair and the stakeholder expert participants to the Coordination Group to allow the Coordination Group to meet at ICANN 51 in October 2014.

The Cross Community Group will be charged with identifying issues (in addition to those set forth in the "Issues" list compiled from the public comments) to send to the Coordination Group for further prioritization, research, and consideration.  The Coordination Group will, from time to time, have matters for which it would benefit from further input from the Cross Community Group and will refer those matters back.  The Cross Community Group may provide suggestions on external experts they feel would be helpful to the accountability effort.

The Cross Community Group's Charter will be developed by the ICANN Board, and will mainly focus on issues of working methods and interaction with the Coordination Group.  The Cross Community Group will have wide latitude in its discussions, so long as the scope of the process as set forth above is maintained.

The Cross Community Group work is expected to proceed through open and transparent working methods.  All meetings of the Cross Community Group will be through virtual methods, though there will be opportunities for face-to-face interactions at ICANN meetings where members are already in attendance. The first such opportunity will be at the October 2014 ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles, California.

Work Stream 2 Wiki is available here

Join the CCWG-Accountability

If you are interested in joining the CCWG as an individual participant or mailing list observer, please contact

27 May 2016 - New ICANN Bylaws

21 April 2016 - Draft New ICANN Bylaws Posted for 30-day Public Comment

10 March 2016 - ICANN Board Transmits IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal and Enhancing ICANN Accountability Recommendations to NTIA

Current status of Chartering Organization and CWG-Stewardship approvals or non-objections of the Supplemental Final Report

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Important Information

4-10 March 2016 - ICANN55 in Marrakech, Morocco - see full schedule here and CCWG Accountability schedule here.

23 February 2016 - CCWG-Accountability provides Chartering Organizations Report on Work Stream 1 Recommendations  -  See full report here.

12 February 2016 - CCWG-Accountability Supplemental Final Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations (for review)may be viewed and downloaded here.

9 January 2016 - Summary and analysis of Public Comment and Survey submissions received on CCWG-ACCT Draft Proposal now available.

5 January 2016 - A CCWG-ACCT work plan to finalize the report is released - See Development of Final Report for discussion documents and associated calendar. 

To view a full list of upcoming meetings, see Meetings.

Use the page tree below to view the index of pages on the CCWG-Accountability Wiki. To search for a page, use the search box below. 

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For additional events that involve the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability Processes, click here.