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Reminder: Next Meeting of ICG to follow IGF in Istanbul

The next face-to-face meeting of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) will take place on 6 September 2014 following the Ninth Annual IGF Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.1

Similar to the London Meeting, the community will be able to follow the ICG's second meeting through a Virtual Meeting Room and through audio translations into these languages:

In addition, there will be a real time text provided outside of the Virtual Meeting Room available to the community.

Updated 02/09/14: The draft agenda for the meeting can be found here [PDF, 38 KB].

Due to the small size of the meeting space available in Istanbul, the ICG will not be able to accommodate in-person observers during the meeting.


1 Announcement originally posted on 31 July*


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