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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 16 February 2007

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

Announcements This Week

ICANN Publishes Revision to Proposed ICM (.XXX) Registry Agreement for Public Comment

16 February 2007

ICANN Ombudsman Releases Report

15 February 2007 | The ICANN Office of the Ombudsman has released a report [PDF, 65 KB] concerning the At-Large Advisory Committee and its handling of an application for At-Large Status. The Ombudsman's Report contains twelve recommendations.

RSSAC and SSAC Seek Community Feedback on DNS Resolver Support for IPv6 DNS Records and DNS Extensions (EDNS0)

12 February 2007 | The joint committees are soliciting feedback from the Internet community on whether DNS servers (software and hardware appliance) organizations use to provide recursive name service will operate correctly when IP version 6 (type AAAA) resource records are added to the root hints file and root zone.

ICANN Office of the Ombudsman Introduces Web Log

12 February 2007

ICANN in the News

DNS Attack Puts Web Security in Perspective (InfoWorld)

16 February 2007

Lessons Learned From 'Net Root Server Attack (Computerworld)

12 February 2007

Hackers Attack Heart of the Net (BBC News)

7 February 2007

ICANN Featured Individual: Patrick Jones, Registry Liaison Manager

Patrick Jones is ICANN's Registry Liaison Manager. In that capacity he manages the process for new registry services, and assists gTLD registries with any ICANN-related issues. Patrick is currently serving as project manager for ICANN's registry failover plan and data escrow review. Patrick is also providing support to the 2007 Nominating Committee.

Patrick joined ICANN in March 2006 after working for nearly five years in a law firm in Washington DC, where he assisted with e-commerce issues, domain name protection and intellectual property enforcement for a variety of clients, including the International Olympic Committee and the American Red Cross. In addition, Patrick provided government relations and policy consulting on new TLDs. From 2001 – 2005, he maintained, an informational website on domain name disputes. was one of the first informational websites on the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Before working in Washington, Patrick served as a law clerk in the Office of General Counsel to the National Collegiate Athletic Association in Indianapolis, Indiana. Patrick holds a law degree from Indiana University School of Law — Indianapolis and is a 1996 graduate of Wabash College with a degree in Political Science (international relations specialization).

Upcoming Events

21 February 2007 – 2 March 2007 — APRICOT 2007, Bali, Indonesia

22 – 23 February 2007 — GNSO Top Level Domain Committee Meeting, Los Angeles, USA

The GNSO Council's new Top Level Domain Committee is meeting in Los Angeles 22 & 23 February 2007 to continue its consultation on policies for the introduction of new top level domains. The Committee's work over the last twelve months can be found at The Committee will be revising the draft Final Report (found at [PDF, 132 KB]) in time for ICANN's Lisbon meeting. The meetings are open to observers and will be accessible through a teleconference bridge for remote participants.

24 – 25 February 2007 — Meeting of GNSO's Task Force on Policies for Contractual Conditions for Existing Registries (PDP Feb06), Los Angeles, USA

The GNSO's Task Force on Policies for Contractual Conditions for Existing Registries (PDP Feb06) will be meeting in Los Angeles on 24 & 25 February 2007 to complete its work on the Task Forces draft recommendations. The working documents of the Task Force can be found at [PDF, 276 KB]. The meetings are open to observers and will be accessible through a teleconference bridge for remote participants.

26 February 2007 – 2 March 2007 — APNIC 23, Bali, Indonesia

8 – 9 March 2007 — CENTR General Assembly, Prague, Czech Republic

26 – 30 March 2007 — ICANN Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal


ICANN Bylaws

Our bylaws are very important to us. They capture our mission of security, stability and accessibility, and compel the organization to be open and transparent. Learn more at

Strategic Plan, July 2007 – June 2010 [PDF, 72 KB]

Operating Plan (Draft) Fiscal Year 2006 – 2007

Proposed Budget Fiscal Year 2006 – 2007 [PDF, 180 KB]

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