ICANN Empowered Community

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ICANN Empowered Community is an organizational effort to ensure transparency as well as serves as a mechanism for the community to understand the powers being exercised and process progress throughout. [1]

The Empowered Community (EC) is the post IANA Transition body that provides oversight of ICANN and a mechanism to enforce the community’s powers. It is incorporated as a nonprofit association in the State of California and bestows the power to legally enforce the community’s powers under California law in the hands of ICANN’s Supporting Organizations (SOs) and two of the Advisory Committees (ACs).

The EC consists of 5 Decisional Participants, which include:

The EC acts through the Empowered Community Administration, which is composed of five representatives, with one appointed by each Decisional Participant. The Administration’s primary roles include supporting the EC’s Powers by:

  • Receiving and sending notifications and communications that are required in exercising its powers and/or requirements
  • Moderating Conference Calls and Community Forums
  • Tallying decision of the Decisional Participants

Additionally, in the community mediation process, which is used when the Board refuses or fails to comply with a valid EC decision, the EC Administration is responsible for:

  • Appointing representatives to represent the Empowered Community in mediation

Selecting the slate of potential mediators from representatives appointed by Empowered Community Administration and Board-appointed mediation representatives.

Empowered Community Powers

I. Appoint and remove individual Directors (other than the President);

II. Recall the entire Board;

III. Reject ICANN Budgets, IANA Budgets, Operating Plans and Strategic Plans;

IV. Reject Standard Bylaw Amendments;

V. Approve Fundamental Bylaw Amendments, Articles Amendments and Asset Sales;

VI. Reject Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Governance Actions

VII. Require the ICANN Board to re-review its rejection of IANA Function Review (IFR) Recommendation Decisions, Special IFR Recommendation Decisions, Separation Cross-Community Working Group (SCWG) Creation Decisions and SCWG Recommendation Decisions;

VIII. Initiate a Community Reconsideration Request, mediation or a Community Independent Review Process (IRP);

IX. Take necessary and appropriate action to enforce its powers and rights, including through the various procedures provided within the community mechanism or an action filed in a court of competent jurisdiction.

Empowered Community Administration

The Empowered Community Administration is the body through which the Empowered Community acts. Each Decisional Participants appoints one representative to the EC Administration.

EC Administration Designees


  1. ICANN Launches New Empowered Community. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
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