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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 25 May 2007

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

Announcements This Week

Clarification of Request For Proposals to Host ICANN Meetings

25 May 2007 | On 23 May 2007 ICANN issued a request for proposals to host future ICANN meetings to be held in 2008. The announcement stated that proposals would be accepted until 15 June 2007. This should be considered as an initial expression of interest and additional time will be allowed for more comprehensive submissions should that be required.

ICANN Opens Public Comments on Proposal from the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) to Become a UDRP Provider

25 May 2007 | ICANN has received a proposal and expression of interest from the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) to be recognized as one of the official dispute resolution providers under the UDRP.

ICANN Calls for Proposals to Host 2008 Meetings

23 May 2007 | ICANN is actively soliciting proposals from organisations seeking to host ICANN International Public Meetings in 2008.

ICANN Posts Proposed 2007-08 Budget (Version 1)

23 May 2007 | In accordance with its bylaws, ICANN has posted the Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2007-08 [PDF, 157 KB] and reposted version 1 on 5/23/07 [PDF, 245 KB] with minor modifications in descriptive text not affecting revenue or expenses.

ICANN Formalizes Relationship with ccTLD Manager for .br (Brazil)

22 May 2007 | ICANN has announced an exchange of letters with the country code top level domain (ccTLD) manager for .br -- Comite Gestor da Internet no Brasil ( administered through (Núcleo de Informação e Coordenação do .br, in Portuguese).

ICANN in the News

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Security Firm Renews Campaign for .bank Domain (PC Pro)

22 May 2007 | F-Secure has renewed its campaign for the introduction of a .bank Web domain that it believes could help to reduce instances of phishing data and identity theft.

The Impending Internet Address Shortage (InformationWeek)

21 May 2007 | Sometime in the next six years, the Internet will run out of space. Expediting the migration to IPv6 is the solution to the impending crisis, says ARIN.

ICANN Featured Individual: Michelle S. Cotton, IANA Liaison to the IETF

Michelle Cotton joined ICANN in January 2000 and has significntly contributed in several areas of the organization. In 2001 her focus shifted to ICANN's IANA function, where she has been instrumental in the formation of the systems that enable the IANA department to do its day-to-day work. She has worked with all of IANA'S stakeholder groups, and is currently the IANA Project Specialist for the IETF.

Before coming to ICANN Michelle worked in the business world in marketing research. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business with a specialization in marketing from San Diego State University.

Upcoming Events

28 - 30 May, AfTLD ccTLD Workshop, Cairo, Egypt

3 - 6 June, APTLD Meeting, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

8 - 9 June, CENTR 33th General Assembly, Helsinki, Finland

25 - 29 June 2007 -- ICANN Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico


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

Operating Plan (Draft) Fiscal Year 2007 - 2008

Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2006 - 2007 [PDF, 172 KB]

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