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ICANN Announces Membership and Frameworks for Strategy Panels

Community Encouraged to Provide Input and Comment on Panels' Work

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Los Angeles, California… ICANN today announced the membership and operating timeframe for four strategy panels.

ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé announced creation of the panels during the organization's July meeting in Durban, South Africa. Chehadé said they will bring together subject matter experts, thought leaders and industry practitioners to help transform and guide ICANN's five year strategic plan.

The membership of the strategy panels is here: http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-14oct13-en.htm

ICANN also announced a new timeframe for the panels, under which they are expected to complete their work by 31 January 2014.

"This new timeframe is aimed at facilitating public comment on the panels' work prior to its possible consideration in the formation of ICANN's strategic plan and our 2015 budget," said Theresa Swinehart, Senior Advisor to the President on Global Strategy "We are encouraging our community to provide input and comment before the panels submit their final reports at the end of January."

The strategy panels are exploring the following subjects:

The four panels begin work this month. The public comment period on the panels' recommendations will begin 31 January 2014 and conclude 31 March 2014.

A fifth panel had been announced in Durban on the Role of ICANN in the Future of Internet Governance. That panel is being refocused and more information will be announced in the coming weeks.

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To watch a video interview with Theresa Swinehart, please visit:
http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/kits/video-swinehart-strategy-14oct13-en.htm

For more information about the ICANN strategy panels, please visit:
http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-14oct13-en.htm

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