02/01/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/01/2023 10:29
The 95 Board-approved Work Stream 2 (WS2) recommendations are the outcome of the work of the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability. Their implementation remains a priority of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers organization (ICANN org) in 2023.
ICANN org is responsible for the implementation of 58 recommendations, the community for 30, and the remaining seven are jointly owned by the org and community.
The Work Stream 2 Implementation Summary - Q4 2022 Quarterly Report provides a comprehensive update on the latest implementation activities, including links to implementation documentation of complete recommendations. I would recommend you visit the community workspace and org webpage for more information.
In the fourth calendar quarter of 2022 (Q4 2022), ICANN org worked to address the outstanding staff accountability improvements, thereby raising the overall number of complete recommendations to 20 from 16 in Q3 2022. In Q4 2022, a communications plan was deployed to raise awareness of the ICANN Organization Employee Practices and Resources. Moreover, ICANN org aggregated information about the most common public-facing, service-level targets and timeframes for responding to community requests on a dedicated page. Recommendation 1.8 on diversity was also completed through the org's release of its first annual Diversity Report (see the Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report).
ICANN org continues to support community groups' implementation work, as appropriate. More recently, the community forum used for coordinating community work on the set of WS2 recommendations that warrant a uniform, community wide approach, better known as the WS2 Community Coordination Group (WS2 CCG), issued an outcomes report of their discussion related to the WS2 diversity elements (Recommendation 1.1). Additional information on WS2 CCG and community activities are available at this workspace.
Giovanni Seppia is Vice President, Implementation Operations.
He brings a unique and well-rounded set of skills to this important position. Giovanni has a solid operational and planning background that includes developing short-term and long-term operating plans and budgets, as well as a deep understanding of ICANN, its community, and the domain name industry ecosystem. Giovanni's experience includes regular engagement with various European Union (EU) governmental organizations, and he is involved with academic institutions in Italy as a teacher and lecturer on topics such as project management, and European Union policies and programs.
Giovanni is known to many through his work within the ICANN community including chairing working groups and committees, and as chair of the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR) Board. Giovanni also served as ICANN's European Liaison Manager from January 2006 until May 2007.
Fluent in English and Italian, he attended Universita' di Pisa, Italy, studying International Relations and Affairs, and the School for the Diplomatic Career in Florence.