On Sunday 24 June 2018 at the ICANN62 Policy Forum in Panama City, the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) held a face-to-face meeting to complete its discussions on the so-called Work Stream 2. 61 members and participants attended in-person and remotely using the virtual meeting room to follow the session led by the Co-Chairs Thomas Rickert (eco), Jordan Carter (InternetNZ) and Tijani Ben Jemaa (FMAI).
As a part of Work Stream 1, the CCWG-Accountability defined areas where further accountability discussions needed to take place. These discussions, called Work Stream 2, have been underway since June 2016 with the objective of completing the development of accountability measures which could not be completed in the so-called Work Stream 1. Work Stream 1 was focused on identifying mechanisms to enhance ICANN’s accountability that must be in place or committed to within the timeframe of the IANA stewardship transition.
Final Report expected by the end of ICANN63
During the meeting the CCWG-Accountability reviewed and approved the Implementation Guidance developed to address the four recommendations for which the ICANN Board had concerned: Ombudsman Advisory Council, Open Contracting, Government Engagement recommendations and Transparency of Board Deliberations (See May 14 letter from the Board to the CCWG-Accountability WS2).
This then concludes the work of the CCWG-Accountability. The WS2 Final Report and Implementation Guidance will now be transmitted to the CCWG-Accountability Chartering Organizations for approval which the Co-Chairs hope can be completed by the end of ICANN63 in Barcelona. Once approved by the Chartering Organizations the CCWG-Accountability will forward this material to the ICANN Board for approval.
The WS2 Implementation Oversight Team composed of the Co-Chairs and rapporteurs will continue to be available to provide assistance as needed during the approval and implementation processes.
About the CCWG-Accountability
All the work of the CCWG-Accountability WS2 can be found on the CCWG-Accountability WS2 wiki including its Final Report which will posted in early July 2018.