A beta of the new ICANN.org website is now live.
ICANN is finally getting a new website, not just the minor facelifts it has received in recent years.
ICANN Labs is working on a new ICANN.org website and hopes to launch it publicly in February. It is currently running the site in parallel to the existing one at new.icann.org.
ICANN Labs is the same group working on experimental projects to help with community participation. Its test projects include ICANN Passport, ICANN Roundtable, ICANN Stream, and ICANN Peer Advising Network.
While I’m not sure the ICANN community is embracing any of these new projects, a complete overhaul of ICANN’s website has been on the wishlist of many community participants for a long time.
I remember being interviewed by an ICANN contractor a few years ago when the group was working on a new site design, but the initiative seemed to die when its internal champion left.
ICANN Labs is seeking community input as it continues to iterate on the new site.