2016 ICANN Annual Report

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ICANN

Annual Report 1 July 2015– 30 June 2016

One World, One Internet

| ANNUAL REPORT FY2016: TABLE OF CONTENTS

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ABOUT ICANN

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO

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LETTER FROM THE BOARD CHAIR

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR FINANCIAL OVERVIEW ACHIEVING FY16 STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES & GOALS

OBJECTIVE 1 EVOLVE & FURTHER GLOBALIZE ICANN OBJECTIVE 2 SUPPORT A HEALTHY, STABLE & RESILIENT UNIQUE IDENTIFIER ECOSYSTEM

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OBJECTIVE 3 ADVANCE ORGANIZATIONAL, TECHNOLOGICAL & OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

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OBJECTIVE 4 PROMOTE ICANN'S ROLE & MULTISTAKEHOLDER APPROACH

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OBJECTIVE 5 DEVELOP & IMPLEMENT A GLOBAL PUBLIC INTEREST FRAMEWORK BOUNDED BY ICANN'S MISSION

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ICANN BOARD, CORPORATE & COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP GLOSSARY

| ANNUAL REPORT FY2016: ABOUT ICANN

About ICANN ICANN’S MISSION is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.

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| ANNUAL REPORT FY2016: LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO

Letter from the President & CEO My fellow ICANN stakeholders, 2016 was a significant year for ICANN, marked by the final steps in the transition of the stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. My role as President and CEO began only in May 2016, so I take no credit for the accomplishments of the past fiscal year. Instead, the credit for these efforts belongs to the community, our technical partners, the ICANN organization, the ICANN Board – and to my predecessor, Fadi Chehadé, who completed his term in March 2016, and Akram Atallah, who served as interim CEO from March to May 2016. After almost two years and hundreds of hours of work, the community created and delivered a comprehensive package of proposals to the U.S. Government, outlining how to transition its stewardship of key Internet technical functions. The proposals defined ways to enhance ICANN’s accountability as a fully independent organization. On 9 June 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that the proposal met the criteria it had provided in March 2014. Following completion of all implementation tasks identified in the transition plan, the IANA functions contract officially expired on 1 October 2016. As a result, the coordination and management of the Internet’s unique identifiers is now in the hands of the volunteer-based global Internet community. This accomplishment and the others described in the following pages of this report are the result of the bottom-up, consensus-based policymaking model upon which ICANN, the community, is built and by which ICANN, the organization, operates. New bylaws stemming from the IANA stewardship transition will increase the accountability and transparency of the organization. These bylaws also clarify the roles of the community, the Board and the organization. My primary responsibility is to ensure that the organization acts according to the community’s direction, within ICANN’s scope and mission.

Since my first ICANN meeting in Marrakech, I have witnessed the commitment and thoughtfulness with which the community, our technical partners, the ICANN Board and ICANN organization staff approach and cooperate on our critical work. These attributes give me confidence that we will continue to meet our challenges in the coming year and I look forward to working together as partners in th