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Developing a Work Plan for the Evolution of ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model Webinar

LOS ANGELES – 27 August 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the ICANN community to participate in a webinar on the next steps related to developing a work plan to further the community's work on evolving ICANN's multistakeholder model (MSM). This facilitated conversation will take place on 11 September 2019 at 2300 UTC and 12 September 2019 at 1600 UTC.

The facilitator, Brian Cute, will walk the community through the "Next Steps to Improve the Effectiveness of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model" document that was recently opened for public comment. The public comment seeks community input on whether the issues highlighted in the document are already addressed or, if not, which group in the ICANN community should address the issue. This input will form the basis of a work plan to address the issues outlined in the public comment document.

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11 September 2019

2300 – 2400 UTC

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Meeting ID: 474 494 091

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12 September 2019

1600 – 1700 UTC

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ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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