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ICANN's FY 14 Security, Stability and Resiliency Framework

In advance of the Beijing meeting, ICANN is publishing the Security, Stability and Resiliency Framework for the 2014 Fiscal Year. This is an annual document, referenced in the Affirmation of Commitments. Community input is welcomed on ICANN's role in the ecosystem and priorities for the upcoming FY 14 in promoting a healthy, stable and resilient unique identifier system.

The new framework builds from the adoption of the SSR Review Team Final Report and recommendation by the ICANN Board of Directors in October 2012, and environmental developments since the previous Framework was published in June 2012.

Comments on the FY 14 Security, Stability and Resiliency Framework [PDF, 5.93 MB] are encouraged and may be sent to through 20 April 2013 (with a reply comment period open from 21 April to 20 May 2013, 23:59 UTC).

Further community consultations will occur at the upcoming ICANN meeting in Beijing and between March and May 2013.

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