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ICANN Launches Weekly Newsletter Service

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has launched a weekly newsletter that users can subscribe to and have delivered to an email address of choice.

"This is a service for members of the community who would like to receive a concise summary of ICANN’s activities in the preceding week" said ICANN’s President and CEO Dr Paul Twomey.

In addition to a list of the postings that have appeared on ICANN’s website, the newsletter will contain information about major up-coming events, a summary of some of the activities in which ICANN has been engaged, key media articles and links to the ICANN By Laws, as well as the next ICANN meeting.

"We will also include a brief profile each week of staff, Board members and other members of the ICANN community" Dr Twomey said.

"We hope this will provide greater insight into the work and personalities of ICANN" he said.

To subscribe to ICANN’s weekly newsletter click on the following link:

http://www.icann.org/communications/

This announcement follows last week’s launch of the ICANN news alert service that allows users to subscribe and receive immediate email notification of new announcements and updates to the ICANN website.

You can subscribe to this service by following the link:

http://www.icann.org/communications/news_alerts.html


About ICANN:

ICANN is a non-profit organization responsible for coordinating the Internet's systems of unique identifiers, including the systems of domain names and numeric addresses that are used to reach computers on the Internet*. ICANN's mission is to ensure the stable and secure operation of these unique identifier systems, which are vital to the Internet's operation.

In addition, ICANN coordinates policy development related to these technical functions through its effective bottom-up consensus model.

(* This includes responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root zone management for the root server system)

Media Contacts:

Paul Levins
Executive Officer and
Vice President Corporate Affairs
ICANN
+1 310 745 6588
paul.levins@icann.org
www.icann.org

International
Andrew Robertson, Edelman (London)
Ph: +44 7921 588 770
E: andrew.robertson@edelman.com


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