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ICANN67 Public Forum: Time Allocated for Community Discussion on Proposed Transfer of Ownership of Public Interest Registry

LOS ANGELES – 4 March 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that time will be allocated during the first Public Forum of ICANN's 67th Public Meeting for a discussion about the approval process the ICANN Board and organization must follow concerning ICANN's registry agreements with Public Interest Registry (PIR).

This is an opportunity for the ICANN community to ensure that it understands the scope of ICANN's role in this matter, and to provide feedback. Please note that the Board and the ICANN org cannot address questions and comments that relate to the ISOC, PIR, Ethos Capital, or other parties involved in the proposed transfer.

The session will take place on 9 March, from 09:00 – 10:30 EST (14:00 – 15:30 UTC). Details for joining, as well as the session agenda, are available on the ICANN67 schedule page found here. All members of the ICANN community are invited to join.

The Public Forum will be conducted via remote participation, as part of the ICANN67 Virtual Community Forum. As with all Public Forums, the meeting will be live-scribed, recorded, and transcribed. Session materials, recordings, and transcripts will be posted when available.


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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