ICANN announces Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group Members

ICANN’s accountability has been a question of many discussions, and forums especially pending the oversight transition, below is a press release on the latest moves to leverage efforts to fight its accoutability deficiency claims.

As described in the 14 August 2014 posting of the Enhancing ICANN Accountability: Process and Next Steps, four respected individuals with backgrounds in academia, governmental relations, global insight, and the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), will form the Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group.

Selected by ICANN‘s President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, members of the Public Experts Group will be responsible for the selection of up to seven Advisors to sit on the Coordination Group to assure that best practices are brought from the larger global community. Once selected by the Public Experts Group, these Advisors will contribute research and advice, as well as bring perspectives on global best practices to enrich the discussion, all while engaging with a broader network of accountability experts from around the world.

The members of the Public Experts Group are:

  • Mr. Brian CuteCEO of The Public Interest Registry and Chair of ICANN‘s first and second Accountability and Transparency Review Teams (ATRT).1
  • Ms. Jeanette HofmannDirector, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, in Berlin, Germany. She also conducts research at the Social Science Research Center Berlin. She represented the academic community as one of four co-chairs of the NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance in São Paulo, Brazil, in April 2014.
  • Amb. Janis KarklinsLatvian Ambassador. Chair of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG); former Chairman of the Governmental Advisory Committee, GAC Liaison to the ICANN Board and co-selector of the ATRT1.
  • Hon. Lawrence E. StricklingNTIA Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Communication and Information of the U.S. Department of Commerce; and member of both ATRT1 and ATRT2.

1 Mandated by the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), the ATRT is a team of community representatives responsible for reviewing ICANN‘s accountability, transparency and pursuit of the interests of global Internet users on a recurring basis.

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