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What the Board decided in May

by Kieren McCarthy on June 1, 2009

The Board made a number of important decisions at its May meeting. You can read the preliminary report online now at, but here is a quick rundown of the decisions made and their import.

  • A new registrars contract

After two years of work, a new contract covering the relationship between ICANN and registrars was approved by the Board.

The contract contains no less than 17 amendments and was the first overhaul of the contract since it was first approved in 2001. Read more in the official announcement:


Joint AC/SO chairs meeting video

by Kieren McCarthy on December 22, 2008

For the first time at an ICANN meeting, we held a joint Supporting Organization and Advisory Committee chairs public meeting. The idea was to get the different arms of ICANN to cover the topics and areas that most concerned them and to have their different viewpoints on the same topics outlined and discussed.

During the Cairo meeting in general, ICANN together with produced a number of videos covering the main sessions and topics, with each video fronted by a member of either the staff or a chair of the relevant supporting organization or advisory committee.

You can find all of those videos posted on the Cairo site at, and on the ICANN main site under the “Video” tab.

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Briefing Note: Overall Summary of the Cairo Meeting

by Kieren McCarthy on December 17, 2008

This Briefing Note for the Cairo meeting was first published on the Cairo meeting site on 13 November (see: It was reprinted the following day in the November edition of the ICANN magazine (see:

What was it?

ICANN’s 33nd international public meeting was the third held this year to conduct policy development and outreach. It was hosted by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and the Government of Egypt.

The meeting was opened by Dr. Tarek Mohamed Kamel, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology. There were 1,702 attendees from 144 different countries. The participants engaged in a wide range of discussions about the Internet’s domain name system and related issues.

Quels enseignements après un mois au Conseil du GNSO?

by Stephane Van Gelder on December 16, 2008

Depuis maintenant un peu plus de 30 jours, je suis au Conseil du GNSO. Que signifient ces quatre lettres ? Le “Generic Names Supporting Organization” est une des structures clefs de l’ICANN, puisqu’elle est en charge de l’élaboration des politiques liées aux extensions génériques. Le GNSO rassemble deux principaux groupes : les entités liées par contrat avec l’ICANN (les registres et les registrars) et celles qui n’ont pas ce type de liens contractuels (les fournisseurs d’accès à Internet (FAI), les utilisateurs commerciaux, et non commerciaux, et le secteur de la propriété industrielle).

Toutes ces entités sont regroupées en collèges afin de leur donner une représentation officielle au sein de l’ICANN.


Nominating Committee selections announced

by Kieren McCarthy on September 5, 2008

The selections of the 2008 Nominating Committee have just been announced. They include:

• Two new Board members
• Two members of the ALAC
• One member of the ccNSO Council
• One member of the GNSO Council

In total, 78 individuals applied (13 female and 65 male). The geographic split saw 27 apply from Europe, 20 from North America, 15 from Africa, 14 from Asia-Pacific and 8 from Latin America and the Caribbean.


Paris Briefing Note – overall summary of the meeting

by Kieren McCarthy on July 18, 2008

As with previous meetings, we have prepared a “briefing note” for Paris to act as a broad summary of what happened over the five days. It has been published on the Paris meeting site and we republish it below.

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The deadline for Statements of Interest for ICANN leadership positions through the 2008 Nominating Committee is 15 April 2008 23:59 UTC. If you are interested in applying for one of the positions listed below, see

The following positions are being filled this year:

* 2 Board Directors
* 1 GNSO Council member
* 1 ccNSO Council member
* 2 ALAC members (who will represent Europe and North American regions)


Press release in Russian about the continuous cooperation between ICANN and the .ru ccTLD Coordination Center (in Russian):

ICANN и Координационный центр домена RU (Администратор национального домена верхнего уровня .RU), начиная с 2007 года, проводят совместную работу, направленную на расширение представления российских интернет-пользователей о развитии Интернета и обеспечение возможностей для участия в этом процессе.

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Organizational structure image conspiracy uncovered

by Kieren McCarthy on April 2, 2008

Unveil the conspiracyOne of the most difficult things about working at ICANN is keeping all the conspiracies under wraps.

With an eagle-eyed community keeping tabs on the organisation’s every move, the tiny tweaks that, left noticed, would irreversibly alter the entire domain name system keep getting picked up before they can work their magic.

We have decided to come clean with the latest example, henceforth to be known as the “organizational structure image conspiracy”, or OSIO for short.


Two Weeks Remaining to Apply through the Nom Com

by Patrick Jones on April 1, 2008

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting a Statement of Interest for an ICANN leadership position through the 2008 ICANN Nominating Committee is 15 April 2008 23:59 UTC.

The Nominating Committee is independent of ICANN and is tasked with searching the world for experienced individuals to fill key positions on ICANN’s Board and its Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. The following positions are being filled this year: