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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 20 April 2007

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

Announcements This Week

Proposed .COOP Sponsored TLD Agreement Posted for Public Comment

20 April 2007 | The proposed .COOP Sponsored TLD agreement is posted for public comment and can be viewed at [PDF, 88 KB] and appendices at [PDF, 153 KB]. ...

ICANN Formalizes Relationships with ccTLD Manager for Armenia

19 April 2007 | ICANN has signed an exchange of letters with the country code top level domain (ccTLD) manager for .am - Armenia, Internet Society (Armenia). ...

Public Interest Registry Notice of Price Increase [PDF, 393 KB]

18 April 2007 | Letter from Public Interest Registry to ICANN. ...

ICANN's Application for Temporary Restraining Order Against RegisterFly Has Been Granted

17 April 2007 | RegisterFly has been ordered by US Federal Court Judge, Manuel J. Real, to hand over to ICANN current and accurate data for all of its domain names ...

Reminder - Deadline for Statements of Interest to ICANN Nominating Committee is 1 May 2007

16 April 2007 | The deadline for the 2007 ICANN Nominating Committee to receive Statements of Interest from candidates for the ICANN Board of Directors, GNSO Council, ccNSO Council and At-Large Advisory Committee is 1 May 2007 23:59 UTC ...

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ICANN Gets Restraining Order Against RegisterFly (The Register)

18 April 2007 | In a welcome victory for RegisterFly customers, ICANN announced yesterday that it had been granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against RegisterFly, the ICANN-accredited domain registrar accused of allowing tens of thousands of domains to lapse unlawfully. ...

Founding Father of the Internet Surveys His Domain (ScrippsNews)

18 April 2007 | When the man known as a "founding father of the Internet" looks back on its 30-plus years of existence, Vinton Cerf sees a reflection of our best and worst instincts ...


ICANN staff have provided input to the Internet community at recent events:

  • John L. Crain, Chief Technical Officer of ICANN, presented to the IPv6 Global forum in Beijing, China on the role of ICANN and the discussions concerning the addition of AAAA records to the Internet's DNS root zone. John also participated in a panel discussion on the progress towards IPv6.
  • John Crain and Jacob Malthouse presented ICANN and the system of unique identifiers to the Caribbean Telecommunications Union Ministerial Briefing Session on Internet Governance: Harnessing the Value of the Internet. They also engaged in a discussion about regional priorities. Bill Graham, the Canadian Representative to the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee, presented an overview of the GAC and current issues under deliberation to the forum.

ICANN Featured Individual: Mehmet Akcin, Chief Engineer, IT Operations

Mehmet Akcin has been appointed to the Chief Engineer, IT Operations for ICANN.

He was hired by ICANN as Network Engineer in early June, 2006.

Mehmet has attended previous ICANN meetings in Canada and New Zealand. He also has attended and given talks at different meetings such as NANOG, RIPE, and CIF.

Prior to that Mehmet has worked at the Network Information Center of Puerto Rico , Gauss Research Laboratory (NIC.PR) helping the technical improvement of the ccTLD .PR. Mehmet has also been involved with the foundation of the first Internet Exchange Point (IX.PR) in the Caribbean and coordinated by NIC.PR.

Upon moving to Puerto Rico, Mehmet volunteered to teach the basics of home networking and computer security for high school students while working as the Director of IT Operations at CIQA Inc., a Pharmaceutical Validation Engineering Company, in charge of 75+ employees and their needs for IT. In 2004, Mehmet worked at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, as the IT Advisor to the Dean of College of Natural Sciences and IT Advisor to the Executive Director of Academic and Administrative Technology.

Mehmet was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been involved with Internet and computers since the early 1990's. In 1999, he was the host of the first Turkish radio show dedicated to the Internet and Technology. He has participated in the setup and administration of linux servers at the Istanbul Technical University and Marmara University in Turkey.

Mehmet holds a BS in Computer Sciences. He is fluent in Turkish, English and Spanish.

Upcoming Events

22 – 25 April — ARIN XIX in San Juan, Puerto Rico

28 April 2007 — AFTLD Annual General Meeting at AfriNIC in Abuja, Nigeria

7 – 11 May — RIPE 54 in Tallinn, Estonia

23 May 2007 — IGF Consultations in Geneva, Switzerland

8 – 9 June — CENTR 33th General Assembly in Helsinki, Finland

25 – 29 June 2007 — ICANN Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico


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