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ICANN Update: Yokohama Meetings and At Large Elections

This update collects a number of new and noteworthy postings on the ICANN website, including info on the ICANN Yokohama meetings, the At Large election process, and ICANN 2001 meeting schedule.

1. YOKOHAMA MEETINGS (13 - 17 July, 2000)

Now less than one week away from the start of the ICANN Yokohama meetings, there has been a lot of activity on the ICANN website:

Updated schedule and agenda information has been posted at <>.

Newcomers (and interested old-timers) are invited to the ICANN Orientation Workshop on 13 July (09:00-12:00). Hosted by ICANN and JPNIC, the Workshop will present a comprehensive introduction to the ICANN process, including ICANN's technical coordination responsibilities, structure, supporting organizations, at large membership, along with some of the issues on the agenda for Yokohama.

The following agenda documents have been posted for public review and comment:

These issues are on the agenda for the ICANN Public Forum on 16 July.

Those unable to attend the Yokohama meetings in person will find webcast and remote participation information at <>.

ICANN is honored to acknowledge the outstanding support and assistance of JPNIC and the ICANN Yokohama Host Committee.


If you have received your PIN letter, please remember to visit the website at <> to activate your membership.

ICANN's At Large membership pages have been translated and posted in the following languages:

Recent membership application statistics are posted at <>

The currently proposed schedule for the At Large Election process is as follows:

(a) Determination of the ballot (now - August 31)

(i) Nominations by the Nominating Committee (now - July 31)

(ii) Member-nomination process (August 1 - August 31)

(b) Voter education/dialogue phase (September 1 - September 30)

(c) Online vote (October 1 - October 10)

(This schedule runs approximately 10 days later than what had previously been posted.)

The Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations and expressions of interest <> from potential candidates for the At Large seats on the ICANN Board.

The Election Committee has posted a number of proposals for the election process, including rules for member-nomination, voter education and dialogue, and monitoring and oversight <>.


The ICANN meeting schedule for 2001 has been tentatively set:

March 2001 South Asia/Pacific (possibly Australia)
June 2001 Europe
September 2001 Latin America/Caribbean
November 2001 United States (West Coast), or Canada

A call for local host proposals with detailed requirements has been posted at <>. For the March 2001 meeting, the deadline for proposals is July 31, 2000.

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