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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 20 October 2006

A weekly electronic newsletter from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

Spamhaus Litigation Update - Court Declines to Issue Order Against ICANN or Tucows

19 October 2006

IDN Laboratory Testing Progress

19 October 2006

Adopted Resolutions from ICANN Board Meeting

18 October 2006

ICANN Launches Breaking News Alerts

17 October 2006 | ICANN's News Alerts service brings the latest announcements from the ICANN web site directly to users. For the next two weeks, ICANN staff and Board members will receive these alerts. Thereafter, this service will be opened up to the general community.

ICANN Seeks Community Input on the Development of Transparency and Accountability Management Operating Principles

16 October 2006

ICANN in the News

Listed below are some key media mentions involving ICANN over the course of the last week.

ICANN Approves Domain for Asia-Pacific (Houston Chronicle)

19 October 2006

Spamhaus Fights US Court 'Pro-Spammer' Ruling (The Register)

18 October 2006

ICANN Votes On Domain Tasting Solution (The Register)

18 October 2006

Spamhaus Case Could Test ICANN (InfoWorld)

17 October 2006

Businesses Will Be Hardest Hit By Removal of Blacklists (Computerworld)

16 October 2006

ICANN Featured Individual: Save Vocea, Australasia/Pacific Islands Liaison

Save recently joined ICANN as its Australasia/Pacific Islands Liaison, based in Brisbane. He is one of several regional liaisons representing ICANN within the global internet community.

"With Pacific Islands origins, I'm really delighted to serve as the latest ICANN liaison to the Oceania region, to raise the profile of its activities, and to promote feedback to ICANN on the challenges and issues arising from the region," he said.

Save is well known to the Oceania telecom/Internet community and brings a wealth of experience that will be invaluable to ICANN.

His career began at Telecom Fiji, where he spent 14 years. He moved on to serve as First Manager at the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA), collaborating on industry initiatives and member activities with regional and international stakeholders to foster information and communication technology development in the Pacific.

Most recently, Save performed both Liaison (Pacific) and Policy Development Manager roles for the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC).

In addition to his other work, Save presents and participates in Pacific Islands telco/internet fora, liaising with industry stakeholder groups. He is an organizing committee member to the Pacific Network Operators Group (PacNOG) and is also a committee member to the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) and the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG).

Save studied electrical and computing engineering at Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

Save also enjoys cooking, playing basketball and watching sports.


During the past week, ICANN staff have provided input to the internet community at events such as:

Major Upcoming Events

26 October: ccTLD Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria

31 October 2006: IGF Meeting in Athens, Greece, "Towards A Multilingual Global Internet: Avoiding the Risk of Fragmentation." Organized by the Egyptian Government, UNESCO, and ICANN.

13-14 November 2006: Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association Meeting, Bangkok

2 – 8 December 2006: ICANN Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil

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Strategic Plan

July 2006 — June 2009

Operating Plan (Draft)

Fiscal Year 2006 — 07

Proposed Budget

Fiscal Year 2006 — 2007

2 — 8 December 2006 — ICANN Meeting, São Paulo, Brazil

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