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Cross Community Group Informational Call

As previously announced, ICANN will host a call for the Cross Community Group of the Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance Process on Monday, 15 September from 14:00 – 16:00 UTC. In light of the recently announced 21-day public comment period on the process, the Cross Community Group call will be informational only. No chartering or Coordination Group selection will occur during the informational session. Theresa Swinehart will facilitate the community discussion.

Webinar Details:

Date: Monday, 15 September 2014
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 UTC (time zone conversions can be found here)
Adobe Connect:
Conference ID: 2497545 – a list of country dial-in numbers can be found here.1
The call will be recorded and transcribed.

The Cross Community Group is open to all interested individuals, and there is no deadline to register. To join the Cross Community Group, simply submit your name and affiliation2 to

All members of the Cross Community Group are listed here.

To access the group's publicly archived mailing list, please click here.

For the most up-to-date information regarding the Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance Process, please visit Community Wiki.

1 For all dial-out service requests please contact Grace Abuhamad by 12:00 UTC, 15 September 2014.

2 To enable transparency, stakeholders are asked to identify which SO/AC/SG they affiliate with. If none, they may select "other." Stakeholders identifying with "other" may either not identify with any particular SO/AC/SG, or are new to the ICANN structure and are still familiarizing themselves.

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