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ICANN 49 Through Language Services’ Eyes

by Jessie Doherty on May 27, 2014

The first day in Singapore, I had the chance to visit the Singapore National Orchid Garden. While wandering in the lush greenness, inhaling the refreshing fragrance, I was totally enjoying my time there. Suddenly, a bunch of elementary school kids walked by, two by two, chatting and laughing happily on their way to the field […]

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by Fahd A. Batayneh — Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, Middle East Since the last update on the TF-AIDN, and in addition to the Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) work undertaken by the task force, the group has been working on several initiatives in an effort to benefit the Arabic Script community from its work. The task force […]


ICANN Website Update

by Chris Gift on May 22, 2014

For some time now, we’ve been building a new website for ICANN in a process we’ve documented elsewhere on this blog. That site went live a few weeks ago and we’ve been directing an increasing number of users from the old ICANN site to the new one over the last few weeks. We proceeded cautiously […]

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Yesterday, the Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms released the culmination of its work in a high level report that can be viewed here [PDF, 2.70 MB]. I was privileged to lead the ICANN team working with the panelists at an exciting time in the evolution of Internet governance discussions. As part of […]


Paying it Forward

by Joe Catapano on May 20, 2014

Last week, I experienced a flashback, a touch of déjà vu you might say, as we welcomed 60 undergraduate college students into ICANN’s Washington, DC office. The year was 2004. I had just graduated from university and was about to enter a fragile job market in the United States. We hadn’t fully recovered from the […]


Transition from U.S. Government has Four Work Tracks

by Fadi Chehadé on May 20, 2014

Nine weeks have passed since the U.S. government announced its intention to transition stewardship of the IANA functions to the global community. This landmark announcement requires a measured, thoughtful approach for how we – the Internet community – will map a route to a successful transition. Together, we must pool our efforts with a goal […]


Since its inception in 1998, the ICANN community has never faced a greater rate or scope of change than it faces today – or will continue to face in the coming five years. This makes coalescing our global community around a new overarching vision and long-term strategic plan for ICANN critical. The Board has asked […]


Update on Registry Agreement Specification 13

by Cyrus Namazi on May 19, 2014

By Cyrus Namazi Vice President, Domain Name Services ICANN Global Domains Division As reported earlier, Specification 13 to the Registry Agreement was approved by the NGPC on 26 March 2014. Specification 13 provides limited accommodations to registry operators of TLDs that qualify as “.Brand TLDs” and reflects months of discussions on many key issues raised […]


ICANN is exploring ideas and strategies to help promote the DNS industry in regions that have typically been underserved. In particular, ICANN is looking at existing barriers to Registrar Accreditation and operation and considering ways that these challenges might be mitigated. As of April 16, there were more than 1000 ICANN-accredited Registrars, but only fourteen […]


.WINE and .VIN: Where Does ICANN Stand?

by Cyrus Namazi on May 14, 2014

By Cyrus Namazi Vice President, Domain Name Services ICANN Global Domains Division In recent weeks, debate has swirled around the proposed introduction of the .WINE and .VIN generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). In an effort to engage concerned parties and attempt to build consensus, ICANN has sought and received input from multiple stakeholders, including via […]

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