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ICANN Begins Transition To New Website

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the beginning of a transition to a new ICANN.org website.

"We had three objectives for the new site: improve transparency of ICANN by making information easier to find, make it effortless for people to join the community and engage in the work, and lastly, to continue to support the established community with new tools," said Chris Gift, Vice President of Online Community Services.

"The new site is intended to allow those new to the organization to discover ICANN, the work being done and our role in the Internet governance ecosystem, as well as to allow those same people the opportunity to get involved in the ICANN community," said Gift. "With easier navigation, improved access to information, and new tools we can better support the organization's policy discussions. These new stakeholders and the established community have a site that is easier to navigate with accessible information and tools to support the organization's policy discussions."

Over the coming days, a percentage of ICANN.org users will be redirected to the new site and as the next two weeks progress, the number of users redirected will increase until all users are sent directly to the new site.

"We have thought through the process and we're being cautious in the way we move forward," said Chris Gift. "We will increase the amount of traffic to the new site roughly every other day until we are fully crossed over."

The new website was launched in beta relatively early in its development to encourage the ICANN community to become part of the development process. ICANN's development team adopted agile and lean development practices throughout the building stage &ndash where ideas were built then tested by users and their feedback fuelled the next iteration.

Please join Chris Gift and Anil Podduturi, Principal at Neo, on Thursday, 24 April at 18:00 UTC for a demonstration of the new ICANN.org. The public webinar will also include a Q&A session at the end.

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Public Webinar Details

Date/Time: Thursday, 24 April 2014 at 18:00 – 19:00 UTC

Adobe Connect Link: https://icann.adobeconnect.com/communications/

Telephone Access Numbers: International access numbers may be obtained here: www.adigo.com/icann. When asked to enter a Conference ID, please enter: 87324546#


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