[AfrICANN-discuss] One-Stop Comment Page at ICANN --

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Aug 10 15:10:21 SAST 2007

Please check the page itself and I would appreciate receiving comments there
or here on what to make better..... http://www.icann.org/public_comment/ now
yes... I do keep in mind that we need more languages... We are working on



Public Input Made Easier With One-Stop Comment Page

New webpage is a further step in accountability and transparency at ICANN

9 August 2007

*MARINA DEL REY, Calif.*: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN) is making it easier for the community to review all of the
issues in the consultation phase and to provide their comments with a new
public comment page on the ICANN website.

"This new webpage aims to provide a quick and simple entry point for people
to read up and comment on ICANN's ongoing processes, and thereby enhance and
increase participation from the Internet community," said Paul Levins,
ICANN's Executive Officer and Vice President, Corporate Affairs. "Like the
recent launch of the ICANN Monthly Magazine, the page should also help
people understand what issues are being discussed at ICANN, and how
interested stakeholders can contribute."

The one-stop comment page is at http://www.icann.org/public_comment/. There
is also a link to it on every page of the main ICANN website, including the
front page. The page clearly outlines which public comment periods are open,
recently closed, or upcoming, and also provides a link to an archive. A
separate comment box is provided for each comment period.

Each comment section provides:

   - a brief explanation of what the comment period hopes to achieve,
   - links to relevant reports and/or webpages,
   - a link to the official announcement of the comment period,
   - a link to where all existing comments can be found, and,
   - an email link for anyone who wishes to send in a comment.

In addition to the public comment page, ICANN has already embarked on
promised reforms of its consultation approach, outlined in its draft
Frameworks and Principles for Accountability and Transparency (which are
currently going through public comment and available at

"We are committed to producing a summary and analysis of comments from each
public comment period, and then posting that summary and analysis on the
same comment forum," Levins added.

That summary/analysis has already been produced for a number of recently
completed comment forums. As outlined in the draft consultation framework,
ICANN will also request that the summary/analysis is explicitly referred to
in subsequent discussions by the relevant body. This should aid in
explaining to the wider community what the contributing factors are in
reaching a final decision.

The full draft consultation framework can be found

"Our goal at ICANN with the one-stop comment page and our enhanced and
reformed consultation approach is to make it easier for the Internet
community members to have their say on the issues we are dealing with,"
Levins said. "We really hope that people use the page to invest their time
in ICANN, to share their ideas, and have a lasting impact on the direction
ICANN is taking."

ICANN encourages anyone with comments or suggestions to contact Kieren
McCarthy, ICANN's General Manager for Public Participation, via email at
kieren.mccarthy at icann.org.

*About ICANN: *

ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of
unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes
like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that
help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of
these resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global
stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's
ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized,
public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit:

*Media Contacts: *

Jason Keenan
Media Adviser, ICANN (USA)
Ph: +1 310 382 4004
E: jason.keenan at icann.org <jason.keenan at icann.org%20>

International: Andrew Robertson
Edelman (London)
Ph: +44 7921 588 770
E: andrew.robertson at edelman.com

Anne-Rachel Inne
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