[CCWG-ACCT] Recommendation 10 - SO/AC Accountability - 1st reading conclusions

Alice Jansen alice.jansen at icann.org
Fri Jan 22 08:29:55 UTC 2016

Sent on behalf of CoChairs

Please find below the initial conclusions of our deliberations during call #79. The updated document is attached.

1.Discuss concern raised during 1st reading about Board’s ability to change SO or ACs based on these reviews :
a.Process to handle outcome of reviews :
i.Current process : The results of such reviews shall be posted on the Website for public review and comment, and shall be considered by the Board no later than the second scheduled meeting of the Board after such results have been posted for 30 days. The consideration by the Board includes the ability to revise the structure or operation of the parts of ICANN being reviewed by a two-thirds vote of all members of the Board. (Bylaws)
ii.Future state : any structural change that affects the Bylaws will follow the Bylaw change process (with Empowered Community oversight)
b.Operational details about the review process : https://www.icann.org/resources/reviews/org
2.Discuss suggestion to subject GAC to independent structural reviews.
3.Confirm that all comments can be handled as part of the WS2 deliberations
a.Summary of comments
i. Accountability of SO/ACs is considered critical given the powers and roles of an Empowered Community that the transition would provide them with.
ii.Accountability to the global community is also deemed important in this context. Three levels of accountability are suggested: 1) Accountability of SO/AC to whole community; 2) Accountability of SO/AC representatives to communities when acting as Designator; 3) Future structure of ICANN resulting from transition including accountability aspects and related checks and balances.
• Some contributors believe that SO/AC Accountability improvements need to be given immediate attention. Creating a “Mutual Accountability Roundtable” involving representatives of the ICANN Board, Community and Staff, developing a detailed plan on enhancing SO and AC accountability and applying the Independent Review process to SO and AC activities are considered crucial to Work Stream 2.”

Second reading is planned for Thursday, 28 January.

Best regards

Mathieu, Thomas, León

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