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2008 Annual Report published

by Kieren McCarthy on January 5, 2009

Our Annual Report has been published, covering the organization’s achievements and progress during 2008.

The report includes information on the three major initiatives ICANN undertook last year (and continues with this year): the process for introducing new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to the Internet; the introduction for the first time of internationalized domain names (IDNs); and an extensive Improving Institutional Confidence consultation, to enable the conclusion of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) with the United States government in September 2009.

Reports from the chairs of ICANN’s Supporting Organization and Advisory Organizations are included alongside detailed rundowns of each department by the organization’s staff.

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Remembering Jon: Looking Beyond the Decade

by Vint Cerf on October 1, 2008

A decade has passed since Jon Postel left our midst. It seems timely to look back beyond that decade and to look forward beyond a decade hence. It seems ironic that a man who took special joy in natural surroundings, who hiked the Muir Trail and spent precious time in the high Sierras was also deeply involved in that most artificial of enterprises, the Internet. As the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and the RFC editor, Jon could hardly have chosen more polar interests. Perhaps the business of the artificial world was precisely what stimulated his interest in the natural one.

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The Future of the Internet – YouTubery in action

by Kieren McCarthy on June 2, 2008

There is a large OECD ministerial meeting in Seoul later this month (and just a week before the ICANN Paris meeting), that has as its title: “The Future of the Internet Economy”.

The technical community – including ICANN – is hosting a one-day conference prior to the two-day ministerial proper, where the world’s most powerful governments will look at what the future of this network is: the possibilities and the threats; the creative and the criminal; and the lessons learnt as well as the best policy approaches going forward. ICANN will be represented by CEO Paul Twomey. And Vint Cerf will also be there to provide his insights.

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Annual report released

by Kieren McCarthy on December 23, 2007

Annual Report 2007This year’s Annual Report, covering in detail ICANN’s achievements and progress over the past 12 months, has been released.

You can view it as a pdf here.

The report contains a full rundown of ICANN and its work, including information on its mission, values and structure; messages from retiring chairman Vint Cerf, incoming chair Peter Dengate Thrush, and president and CEO Paul Twomey; a section demonstrating progress on the completion of the Joint Project Agreement with the United States government; a run-through of this year’s international meetings, as well as the work carried out by the different supporting organisations and advisory committees; a section on ICANN’s Strategic Plan and Operating Plan; a section on ICANN’s different divisions; and finally the annual report from ICANN’s auditors and a glossary of terms.

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