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The Annual ICANN APAC Space Survey is Now Open

SINGAPORE – 15 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the APAC Space Survey, which will remain open until 1 August 2019, 23:59 UTC. Your input will help to make the APAC Space more relevant to the Asia Pacific (APAC) community, and improve the APAC Space as a platform that fosters community discussion.

If you are from the APAC region, we invite you to take the survey now:

The APAC Space is the APAC community's "practice ground" for discussions on ICANN-related topics such as the ICANN policy development processes, ICANN reviews, and the Domain Name System (DNS) industry. The purpose is to foster a platform for our community to network, interact, and discuss relevant issues, as well as encourage participation in ICANN-related work.

A community-led initiative, the APAC Space is held bi-monthly via web conference, or face-to-face during ICANN Meetings. You can join the APAC Space mailing list by emailing

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ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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