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Security, Stability & Resiliency of the DNS Review Team (SSR RT) Public Webinars on Draft Report

Friday, 11 May 2012 at 11:00 UTC and again at 19:00 UTC

On 15 March 2012, the Security, Stability & Resiliency of the DNS Review Team (SSR RT), constituted under the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), published its Draft Report and Recommendations [PDF, 2 MB] for public comment to inform their work in producing a Final Report.

Translations of the report are available:

Consistent with its initial announcement, the SSR Review Team now invites the Community to participate in a public webinar with a view to presenting its draft report and recommendations and soliciting the Community's feedback on its findings and conclusions.

The public webinar will take place on Friday, 11 May 2012. Two sessions will be scheduled to accommodate different timezones i.e. at 11:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC. The sessions are expected to last 60 minutes. They are duplicates and will be conducted in English only. The meeting will be run in an Adobe Connect room with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function of Adobe Connect. If you are not able to participate in either of the live sessions, the recording of the session will be made available shortly after the meeting. Staff is always available to answer any questions that you email to alice.jansen@icann.org.

In order to participate, please RSVP via email to alice.jansen@icann.org by Thursday, 10 May – 23:59 UTC to receive the call details. Please indicate which call you would like to join, Friday at 11.00 UTC or Friday at 19.00 UTC (to convert those times into your local time, see: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedform.html). We will send you an e-mail reminder before the event with log-in and dial-in details. Please DO NOT RSVP to any other ICANN staff members e-mail address.

For more information on the Security, Stability & Resiliency of the DNS Review Team (SSR RT), please refer to: http://www.icann.org/en/about/aoc-review/ssr


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