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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 7 September 2007

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

ICANN Solicits Candidates to Develop Request for Proposals for New gTLDs

6 September 2007 | ICANN is posting a statement of work as part of its anticipated program for delegation of new generic top-level domains.

ICANN Completes Renewal of Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel

6 September 2007 | ICANN is pleased to announce that 23 members of the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel (RSTEP) have agreed to serve for an additional year.

ICANN Posts Communication from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Regarding its Sponsorship of the .POST Top-Level Domain

6 September 2007 | ICANN continues negotiations with UPU for .POST sTLD.

ICANN in the News

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Vint Cerf On Bandwidth And The Future Of Internet Television (Wired)

4 Septemer 2007 | Echoing what almost everyone is thinking these days, Vint Cerf thinks that television is dead and internet video delivery will soon be the norm.

Kenya Bids to Host Top IT Conference (The Standard, Nairobi-Kenya)

1 Septemer 2007 | Kenya has submitted a bid to host the African round of the ICANN meeting set for November next year.

ICANN Featured Individual: Barbara Roseman, IANA Operations Manager

Barbara's association with ICANN dates from the year 2000 when, as a manager for Global Crossing, she became a member of the ISPCP Constituency and a member of the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Address Council. Barbara acted as Chair of the Address Council in 2002. She has also served as a member of the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) Advisory Council.

Barbara has served ICANN in full and part-time consultancy roles since January 2003, providing staff support for the GNSO Council and Task Forces and ongoing participation in the RIR community. She was appointed to the IANA Operations Manager role in March 2005.

Barbara is a U.S. national. She holds a B.A. degree from Mills College.

Upcoming Events

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29 August - 7 September 2007 - SANOG 10 - New Delhi, India

23 - 28 September 2007 - AfriNIC 7 - Durban, South Africa

17-19 October 2007 - ARIN XX - Albuquerque, NM, USA

22-26 October 2007 - RIPE 55 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

29 October - 2 November 2007: 30th International Public ICANN Meeting - Los Angeles, CA USA


ICANN Bylaws

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Strategic Plan, July 2007 - June 2010

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