Call for Volunteers for the Third Review of ICANN Accountability and Transparency Extended

Represent the global stakeholder community by participating in ICANN Reviews. Apply today to join the team of global experts that will help improve the transparency and accountability of ICANN, and ensure it meets its commitments to the global community.

ICANN is seeking volunteers to serve on the third review of ICANN Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3). To apply, please click here [PDF, 2.78 MB] to fill out your Statement of Interest. You may also print out the Statement of Interest form and submit it to reviews@icann.org.

The ATRT3 Call for Volunteers was scheduled from 31 January to 21 April 2017. This call is now extended to Friday, 2 June 2017, 23:59 UTC to give more time to community members to learn about this review and submit their applications. The goal is to have a pool of diverse and skilled applicants for the SO/ACs to select from. All applications and supporting materials will be published as they are received on the public ATRT3 wiki page.

Selection of the Review Team

Under the new Bylaws, each SO/AC will have an opportunity to nominate up to seven applicants to serve on the Review Team. An applicant’s name will only be presented to the SO/AC identified by the applicant for consideration. After SO/AC nomination process concludes, all nominations will be provided to the SO/AC leaders to conduct the selection process for the Review Team according to the specified expertise and geographic and gender diversity from the nominations received. The Review Team may contain up to 21 members, plus an ICANN Board member (designated by the ICANN Board).

For candidates that are seeking a nomination of an SO or AC, we suggest that you communicate and establish a relationship with the leadership of the respective SO or AC.

Context and Chronology

The specific objectives for the ATRT3 are to review ICANN‘s execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community.

ICANN‘s Accountability and Transparency Review originated under the Affirmation of Commitments in 2009. Effective 1 October 2016, ICANN‘s obligation to conduct this review was incorporated into ICANN Bylaws. The composition of the Review Team will be determined by the ICANN community. For more information, please see Section 4.6. of the ICANN Bylaws.

More information is included in the “Background” section below to provide an overview of events leading up to this Call for Volunteers.

Scope of the Accountability and Transparency Review

ICANN Bylaws mandate that the community conduct a periodic Review to assess how ICANN is executing its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency. This ensures that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community. The focus of the ATRT3 Review may include, but is not limited to, the following:

Compensation

ATRT3 Review Team members will not receive compensation from ICANN for their service on the team. However, travel, meal and lodging costs for Review Team members who participate in Review Team meetings will be reimbursed upon request in accordance with ICANN‘s community support travel guidelines.

Responsibilities

Review Team members will have the following general responsibilities:

Skills and Experience

To compose a well-balanced Review Team, ICANN seeks members who, in the aggregate, possess the following skills and experience:

Desired Attributes

Applicants should possess the following professional and personal attributes:

Methodology, Budget and Support

ICANN will provide the Review Team with a clearly articulated review budget. Throughout the Review, the Review Team will periodically report on its progress related to planned schedule and budget.

ICANN organizational support will be made available to the Review Team. Support will include assistance with project management, organization of work, documents and activities, and sharing of tools and best practices for conducting an effective review.

English is the working language of the Review Team. Key communications and documents will be translated in accordance with the ICANN Language Services policies [PDF, 277 KB].  Review Team calls are conducted using Adobe Connect.

Background

The ICANN Bylaws stipulate that “The Accountability and Transparency Review shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years measured from the date the previous Accountability and Transparency Review Team was convened.” That would mean that the Call for Volunteers would take place no later than 4 October 2017. However, prior to the incorporation of this review into the ICANN Bylaws, several events took place leading up to ICANN‘s current commitment to launch the Call for Volunteers for ATRT3 in January 2017.

The information presented below provides an overview of events leading up to this Call for Volunteers.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2017-04-20-en

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