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RSSAC2 Review: Assessment Report Published

28-Feb-2018 | Source : ICANN | Visits : 4030
LOS ANGELES - Interisle Consulting Group, the independent examiner performing the second review of the ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) has published its assessment report.

According to ICANN, the Review Work Party and the independent examiner will meet at ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ICANN community is invited to attend this session and contribute to the feedback process. The session will take place on March 14.

About the Assessment Report

The goal of the assessment report is to achieve a maximum agreement between the wider ICANN community and the independent examiner as to which areas of the RSSAC work well and which may benefit from improvements. No recommendations are included in the assessment report. Recommendations will be included in the final report, expected for publication in July 2018.

 (Note: The executive summary will be translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish in due course. 
An independent review of the RSSAC is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution and improvement, accountability and transparency. Interisle Consulting Group was selected to perform the review and began its work in September 2017.

The purpose of the RSSAC2 Review is to determine (i) whether the RSSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, (ii) if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness and (iii) whether the RSSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations, and other stakeholders. The review will also assess the effectiveness of the improvements resulting from the previous RSSAC review, conducted in 2008. Visit the RSSAC Review page on to learn more about the review.

The RSSAC advises the ICANN Board and community on matters relating to the operation, administration, security, and integrity of the root server system, as outlined in its charter from the ICANN Bylaws. The RSSAC consists of representatives from the organizations responsible for operating global root name service. The RSSAC also consists of representatives of the organizations responsible for the maintenance of the authoritative root zone as non-voting members. Liaisons from external organizations and groups also participate as non-voting members. Learn more about the RSSAC.

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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