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ICANN Introduces New Website

ICANN today introduces a new website with better navigation and new features.

« ICANN is committed to being more transparent and accessible » said Paul Levins, ICANN’s Executive Officer and Vice President, Corporate Affairs. « Reform of our website is a key part of that commitment. »

The site has a new, more useable navigation system and an improved look and feel.

« Importantly, we have included a button in the top navigation that allows people to understand our processes and their timelines more clearly. We have also included a graphical representation of those processes that show where a particular policy discussion or program is on its timeline » Mr Levins said. « This should provide greater certainty and definition and allow people to understand how a decision was made or what stage of development a policy or program is at ».

Any existing bookmarks should still resolve properly because no links have been broken.

The improvement to the website comes in addition to a range of other initiatives taken to inform, be more open and to engage in dialogue with the community. Those include, more comprehensive reporting of Board meeting discussions, a public participation site which allows for remote participation at ICANN meetings, a frequently updated blog, immediate email alerts as announcements break, a weekly newsletter and comprehensive factsheets on topics of interest.

« All these measures help us to be more accountable to the community. There will be further improvements in the future. » Mr Levins said.

About ICANN:

ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit responsible for coordinating Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. For more information please visit: www.icann.org .

Source : ICANN

ccTLD SRS Upgrade

The ccTLD SRS scheduled System Upgrade for 24 March 2007 between 15:00 – 19:00 UTC has started as of 15:00 UTC.

During the system upgrade you may expect the following:

SRS: Not Available
Web-based Admin Interface: Not Available
DNS: Available; names will continue to resolve normally.
WHOIS: Not Available
OT&E: Available

Afilias will deploy the following enhancements in the ccTLD Production SRS during the system upgrade:

1. Low balance threshold notification will now include registrar’s current account balance 2. The following report « rpt_xxx_daily_billable_transactions » will have extra column « Amount » displaying amount charged per transaction.
3. The following new country codes (as per ISO 3166) will be added to EPP and Web [GG- GUERNSEY, IM – ISLE OF MAN, JE – JERSEY, ME – MONTENEGRO, RS – SERBIA].
4. The following country codes [CS – SERBIA and MONTENEGRO, TP – EAST TIMOR] will be deprecated (as per ISO 3166). The existing contacts using these countries will have no effect and contact update will be possible.
However registrars will no longer be able to create a new contact or update an existing contact using the aforementioned deprecated country codes via Web or EPP.

.ORG Registry DNS Publication Maintenance

The .ORG Shared Registry System (SRS) is scheduled for a DNS publication maintenance on 21 April 2007 between the hours of 15:00 and 19:00 UTC.
During this period, the .ORG Shared Registry System (SRS), including the Web-based Administrative Interface and the WHOIS service will be available. Registering and manipulating domain names and other registry objects will not be affected. Domains will continue to resolve normally. Updates to the DNS will be held in queue until the maintenance is completed.

Maintenance DNS du registre .ORG (21/04/07)

Une maintenance pour la diffusion DNS du registre des .ORG est programmé pour le 21 avril 2007 de 15h00 à 19h00.
Pendant cette période, le .système d’enregistrement des .ORG (SRS), y compris l’interface d’administration Web et le service de WHOIS, seront disponibles.
Durant cette période, les enregistrements et autres manipulations ne seront pas affectés. Les domaines continueront à résoudre normalement.
Les demandes de mises à jour DNS seront stockées jusqu’à la fin de la maintenance.

CNNIC Maintenance announcement

We have been informed by the .CN Registry (CNNIC) that they will be performing maintenance on Sunday , March 25, 2007 from 13:00 – 17:00 UTC (09:00 to 13:00 EDT). During this maintenance the .CN Registry Gateway will be unavailable.

In addition, please note that CNNIC has informed us that they will be performing maintenance at this time every last Sunday of the month.

Prior to each month’s maintenance we will send a reminder notice to all registrars.

DotMobi Mobile Web Developer’s Guide released

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