Committee on ICANN Evolution and Reform
The Committee on ICANN Evolution and Reform is a Committee of the Board that was originally established as the "Committee on Restructuring" by resolution 01.132 at the third ICANN annual meeting on 15 November 2001. It was given its current name and charter by resolution 02.20 on 14 March 2002.
The Committee is responsible for:
The Committee was originally created on 15 November 2001 by resolutions 01.132 through 01.134, in view of considerable discussion at that time within the ICANN community of possible changes in the structure of ICANN, including possible new Supporting Organizations and new or revised mechanisms for selecting ICANN Directors. The original resolution established the committee, appointed its membership, and directed ICANN's President to to bring to the Board for its review and approval recommendations for how best to reaffirm and clarify the nature and scope of ICANN's limited mission."
On 24 February 2002, ICANN President Stuart Lynn issued a report entitled "ICANNthe Case for Reform", which discussed the mission ICANN was attempting to achieve, reviewed the performance of the existing processes and structure of ICANN in relation to that mission, concluded that those processes and structures would not permit ICANN to achieve its mission (as then understood), and recommended significant evolutionary reforms.
The subject of ICANN reform was extensively discussed by the participants in the March 2002 ICANN meeting in Accra, Ghana. The ICANN Board responded to this discussion by adopting a series of resolutions at its Accra meeting on 14 March 2002. Those resolutions:
The members of the Committee on ICANN Evolution and Reform are Alejandro Pisanty (chair), Lyman Chapin, and Nii Quaynor.
The Committee is currently working on the task list set out in resolutions 02.21 through 02.26, described above.
The Committee is engaged in reaching out to stakeholders regarding their views on ICANN reform and is employing the following mechanisms for receiving written input:
1. Substantive submissions can be made to email@example.com (Forum closed 18 August 2003). All submissions made will be reviewed, sorted by subject, indexed, and posted on the ICANN forum web site. This mechanism is intended to promote thoughtful community discussion of the issues involved in the ICANN reform process.
2. The Committee has also established an e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) which can be used for direct communications to the Committee, including both inquiries and comments regarding the Committee's report and proposals for the Committee's consideration.. Submissions to this address will not be routinely posted.
3. Finally, the existing web-based forum on President Lynn's proposal will remain available to all who wish to use it. This forum is automatically updated and will not be sorted in any way.
The Committee encourages all interested parties to offer their views on the important and complicated subject of ICANN evolution and reform. It will appreciate all the help it can get in formulating recommendations.