Assistance Project: Preliminary Framework
Framework Assistance Project
The ICANN Evolution and Reform Committee (the "ERC") has requested assistance in the form of recommendations for implementing several specific aspects of the Blueprint dealing with accountability. These include suggestions for the charter of the Office of Ombudsman, the independent review arbitration process for alleged bylaw violations, and appropriate modifications of the Reconsideration Policy of ICANN. Project recommendations will follow the core values laid out both by the ERC in its report entitled "ICANN: A Blueprint for Reform" (the "Blueprint") and by the ICANN Board, in its action on June 28 in Bucharest, Romania accepting and endorsing the Blueprint. These values require ICANN to operate under processes that: (i) encourage bottom-up policy development by affected groups, (ii) encourage broad, informed participation of affected parties reflecting the functional, geographic, and cultural diversity of the Internet; (iii) are open and transparent; (iv) ensure that ICANN is accountable to those entities most affected by its decisions; and (v) ensure the neutral and objective application of documented policies. Project participants will work to develop recommendations regarding (i) improvements to current processes to advance ICANN’s core values of openness and transparency and (ii) improvements to ICANN’s structure and appeal processes to ensure fairness while limiting frivolous claims.
The work will also take into account the comments of the Department
of Commerce and the Governmental
Advisory Committee that ICANN clarify and limit its mission and responsibilities,
and reform its decision-making processes to provide for transparency and
accountability and to permit the views of all Internet stakeholders to
I have asked project participants to proceed on the following assumptions:
Our final recommendations will include proposed charters/job descriptions and implementation guidelines for each of the accountability mechanisms described in the ERC's Blueprint.
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