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Improving Institutional Confidence consultation

Welcome to the webpages for ICANN's Improving Institutional Confidence consultation. They have been designed to provide the community with all the information it should need to engage in a broad public consultation over possible changes to the organisation.

The consultation was announced on Thursday 28 February 2008 at the U.S. Government's Department of Commerce Midterm Review of the review the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between it and ICANN by ICANN's chairman. During his address, the chairman asked the President’s Strategy Committee to outline a plan for developing this transition framework.

Following a review of the public input from the Midterm Review and building on several years' on work by the PSC itself, two outline documents have been produced to begin community discussion at the June Paris meeting. They are:

  • A Transition Action Plan, outlining what ICANN hopes to address and how; and
  • An Improving Institutional Confidence in ICANN document, which outlines the main points of discussion in greater detail
  • An FAQ has also been produced to act as supplementary and explanatory guide to the other two documents.

ICANN has launched a public comment period on these documents, accessible here, and will hold a one-hour special public session in Paris on Monday 22 June at 1.30pm at Le Meridien Montparnasse, where the PSC will be present. That comment period will close next month, the documents will be revised and put out for a second comment period, and then revised a second time in order to allow community discussion of the near-final documents at ICANN's November meeting in Cairo.

In order to keep the community fully informed about the progress of the consultation, ICANN has set up a special email address and newsletter for more information, plus an RSS feed. The newsletter (sign up here) will provide regular updates on the process and save community members from having to check back on this webpage for new information. The email address - - is held open to anyone who has additional questions after they have reviewed the official documentation linked to above.

More information will be added to this page as the consultation process continues.

For more information on the process that led up the consultation, please visit the JPA webpage at


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