What is the ASO’s Role in the ICANN Empowered Community

The ICANN Empowered Community is the mechanism through which ICANN’s SOs and Advisory Committees (ACs) can organize, under California law, to legally enforce their community powers and hold ICANN accountable for its actions.

As an ICANN Supporting Organization (SO), the ASO  participates in the Empowered Community as outlined in the ASO Procedures for Empowered Community Powers. The ASO acts as the Decisional Participant.

As per the ASO MoU, the ASO Address Council (AC) define procedures to select individuals to serve on other ICANN bodies, namely in ICANN Board Seats 9 and 10. The Decisional Participant Representative would therefore consult the ASO AC if the Empowered Community exercised the following powers:

  • Recall the entire ICANN Board
  • Appoint and remove individual ICANN Board directors (other than the President)

As the Decisional Participant Representative, the Chair of the NRO EC is legally obliged to act whether or not input from the ASO AC is received in the event of these two community powers being exercised. The Chair of the NRO EC acts only on the basis of consensus of all five NRO EC members.

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Last modified on 10/04/2020