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ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report - Register for the FY16 Q2 call on 28 January 1500 UTC

ICANN has announced its FY16 Q2 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 28 January at 1500 UTC. The call will cover how ICANN has progressed against its strategic and operating plans for the Quarter ending 31 December 2015.

Please click here to register for the call and to receive joining instructions. If you are unable to access the form, please email us to register with your full name and an email address we can send joining instructions to.

The call is open for all to attend, including press, and there will be ample time for Questions & Answers (Q&A). A recording of the call will also be available online on the ICANN website.

These calls were set up to enhance ICANN's accountability and transparency efforts, by making it easy to follow ICANN's progress toward fulfilling its mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable.

More information

Please visit the Reporting page on the ICANN website from 24 hours before the call to pre-read the presentation. You can also find other resources and background information on this page, as well as archived transcripts and recordings of all previous Quarterly Stakeholder Calls.


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