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SSAC2 Review: Final Report Available

07-Jan-2019 | Source : ICANN | Visits : 7625
LOS ANGELES – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Review, has published its final report according to ICANN.

The final report includes an assessment of the SSAC, and 22 findings and 30 recommendations for improving its operations. The findings and recommendations broadly fall under the following topic areas:

  • The effectiveness of the SSAC, and the timing with which the SSAC's advice is provided and acted upon.
  • The relationship and interconnectedness between the SSAC and both other Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees and the broader ICANN community, including on issues of transparency.
  • The existing membership and structure of the SSAC.
  • The implementation state of the SSAC's prior review.
  • Analysis Group considered public comments on the draft final report, as well as comments from the public webinar and any other relevant feedback it received throughout the course of the review for inclusion in the final report.
Next Steps

In the coming months, the SSAC Review Work Party (RWP) will prepare a feasibility assessment and initial implementation plan (FAIIP) based on the final report. This document will include an analysis of recommendations in the final report for usability and prioritization, provisional budget implications, anticipated resources, and a proposed implementation timeline.

Analysis Group and the RWP will then present the final report and the FAIIP to the ICANN Board's Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). Following the presentation, the OEC will make a recommendation to the Board on next steps, including implementation of recommendations.


An independent review of the SSAC is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution, improvement, accountability and transparency. Analysis Group was selected to perform the review and began its work in February 2018.

The purpose of the SSAC Review, according to the Bylaws, is to determine "(i) whether [the SSAC] 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 is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders." The review also includes an assessment of the implementation state of the SSAC's prior review.

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