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ICANN Concludes Busy 28th Public Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal

More than 830 people from 81 countries gathered in Lisbon, Portugal for ICANN’s 28th Public Meeting.

« We’ve just finished one of ICANN’s busiest and issue-intensive meetings and it helped ICANN make substantial progress on numerous fronts, » said Dr Vint Cerf, Chairman of ICANN.

Considerations included:

* The formalization of three relationships with country code top level domain (ccTLD) managers: .ly – Libya (General Post and Telecommunication Company), .ci – Côte d’Ivoire (Institut National Polytechnique Felix Houphouet Boigny), and .ru – Russia (Coordination Center for TLD RU).
* The formation of a new working group to develop the recommendations in the Final Task Force Report on Whois Services presented to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GSNO) on 16 March 2007. The group will have broad and balanced participation and has 120 days to consider input and report back to the GNSO Council, which will then decide whether to recommend any changes on Whois policy to the ICANN Board.
* A discussion on Registrar Accreditation Agreements and how to improve them especially in the context of the enormous difficulties that registrants who have their domain names registered through the registrar known as RegisterFly.
* The creation of three new Regional At Large Organizations that will give Internet users from Africa, Europe, and Asia-Australia-Pacific direct input into ICANN.
* Rejection of the .XXX Sponsored Top Level Domain application.
* Presentations by Sweden and Bulgaria on the enhanced Domain Name System security enhancements in their respective TLDs.
* The launch of ICANN’s new website with better navigation and new features to increase ICANN’s transparency and accountability.
* Updates on moving to IPv6 to expand the number of IP addresses available to global Internet users and the process of introducing Internationalized Domain Names to introduce non-Latin characters to the root.
* The release of the One World Trust (http://www.oneworldtrust.org) independent review of ICANN’s accountability and transparency which stated that overall ICANN is a very transparent organization, noting that it shares a large quantity of information through its website, probably more than any other global organisation. The report also identifies areas for improvement. See http://icann.org/announcements/announcement-4-29mar07.htm
* The release of the next steps in the development of a set of Management Operating Principles for accountability and transparency.

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Internet ICANN Once More Rejects Creation of .XXX Domain

ICANN rejects the creation of an .XXX domain for the third time

An international agency today once again rejected the creation of an .XXX domain for web sites that contain adult content. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted down the proposal by ICM Registry LLC in a 9-5 vote — ICANN is responsible for managing the domain-name address system for the Internet. The latest vote marks the third time that ICANN denied a proposal for a universal .XXX domain.

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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