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Audio Files, Transcripts from Community Calls with ICANN Board Chair and CEO

Were you unable to join the community call with ICANN Board Chair Steve Crocker and ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé on Saturday? Don't worry that you missed out, because an audio file and transcript is available online now.

Just under 300 ICANN community members and staff joined the quickly-scheduled call at 14:00 UTC on Saturday, 15 March to learn more about the US government's announcement the day before that it would turn over stewardship of certain Internet technical functions to the global community.

"It's been a long path leading to [this day]," Crocker said. "And it will be a long path from here. To borrow words from Churchill, this is the 'end of the beginning.'"

"This is a moment to celebrate," Chehadé said. "Unfortunately, we have to move very quickly into the responsibility this entails. This decision puts us now in an important light. The entire world is watching. We must engage everyone."

The community call was scheduled with short notice, due to the unexpected release of the announcement ahead of schedule.

Audio File [MP3, 14.0 MB]

Transcript [PDF, 172 KB]

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