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Public Comment Period Extended to Monday, 5 July 2004
Comments for the Whois Task Force 1 Preliminary Report can be submitted to
The archive of comments for this report is available at

Comments for the Whois Task Force 2 Preliminary Report can be submitted to
The archive of comments for this report is available at

Comments for the Whois Task Force 3 Preliminary Report can be submitted to
The archive of comments for this report is available at
16 June 2004

Whois Task Force 3 Open Forum
Agenda: Whois task Force 3 Open Forum by telephone to discuss Whois task Force 3 Preliminary report. Please publisize this as widely as you can. All interested participants are welcome. A MP3 recording will be made of the call.

Date: Wednesday, 23 June, 2004 at 14:30 UTC, 04:30 AM Honolulu, 7:30 AM Los Angeles, 10:30 AM EST, 03:30 PM London, 04:30 PM CET, 12:30 AM Thursday, 22 June Melbourne. The call will last for One hour.

Dial-in Number: 1-805-620-4000 (Ventura, CA)
Participant Access Code: 33579

The intention is to have the wisdest possible particpation and the request comes from the Whois task force 3 Chair Brian Darville.
16 June 2004

ICANN Takes Next Steps in the Process of Adding IPv6 Nameserver Records to the Root Zone
The draft "IANA Administrative Procedure for Root Zone Name Server Delegation and Glue Data" document has been posted for public comment in accordance with the resolution passed at the 25 May ICANN Board meeting.
8 June 2004

Joint ICANN/ITU-T ccTLD Workshop to be held in Kuala Lumpur on 24 July 2004
The workshop will be immediately following the ICANN meeting, in the Equatorial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
3 June 2004

ICANN Announces IDN Workshop to be Held on 21 July 2004 in Kuala Lumpur
ICANN announced today that an IDN workshop will be held on 21 July 2004 during the ICANN meetings in Kuala Lumpur. The full-day workshop will begin with a tutorial session, followed by presentations focusing on knowledge-sharing and studies from particular geographical regions. A detailed schedule for the workshop is being finalized, and will be included in the full Kuala Lumpur meeting agenda: <>.
3 June 2004

Public Comment Period on Draft Procedure for .net Subsequent Registry Operator Selection
The draft .net re-assignment procedure is being announced in accordance with Section 5.2 of the current .net registry agreement and is being posted on the ICANN website to provide an opportunity for public comment.
2 June 2004

First Public Comment Period on Draft Criteria for .net Subsequent Registry Operator Selection
The GNSO has completed initial work to provide the ICANN Board with guidance on the criteria for designating a successor operator for the .net registry. The public is invited to submit comments on the initial draft report from the GNSO.
28 May 2004

GNSO Whois Task Force Preliminary Reports
On 28 May the three GNSO Whois Task Forces submitted Preliminary Reports regarding their findings in accordance with the GNSO Policy Development Process. Further information about these Task Forces can be found on the GNSO Whois Issues webpage. A 20 day public comment period will now be opened from 28 May to 17 June.

Comments for the Whois Task Force 1 Preliminary Report can be submitted to
The archive of comments for this report is available at

Comments for the Whois Task Force 2 Preliminary Report can be submitted to
The archive of comments for this report is available at

Comments for the Whois Task Force 3 Preliminary Report can be submitted to
The archive of comments for this report is available at
28 May 2004

U.S. Federal Court Dismisses VeriSign's Anti-trust Claim
On 18 May 2004, a U.S. Federal Judge dismissed VeriSign's anti-trust claim without prejudice. Accordingly, VeriSign has until 7 June 2004 to file an amended complaint. A copy of the court's order is available at <>.
20 May 2004

Public Comments on proposed ASO MoU to Close 31 May 2004
On 30 March 2004, ICANN and the Numbers Resource Organisation (NRO) signed a letter of intent concerning a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations. A public comment forum was opened by the respective organisations on 2 April 2004. ICANN will close its public comment list for this issue on 31 May, concurrent with the closing of comments on the NRO public comment list. Comments can be submitted to ICANN by sending an email to <>. The archive of comments is available at <>.
17 May 2004

ICANN Posts Proposed FY 2004-05 Budget (PDF)
In accordance with Article XVI, Section 4 of the ICANN Bylaws, ICANN today posted its Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2004-05. The proposed budget was developed through a series of comprehensive consultations with ICANN constituencies, the Budget Advisory Group, and the ICANN Board Finance Committee. The final budget, to be adopted at ICANN's Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 23 July 2004, is subject to additional Budget Advisory Group and Finance Committee reviews and to public comment. Update: To submit comments on the Proposed Budget, please email <>. Archives of the public comments can be found <>.
17 May 2004

ICANN Publishes Criteria for Selecting Independent Evaluators of sTLD Proposals.
ICANN is selecting a team of outside technical, business/financial and legal advisors to assist it in its review of sTLD applications. The panel members will be required to evaluate responses to the criteria and questions posted in the sTLD application procedure. The panel members will be selected based on their experience, talent and skills as they apply to the evaluation task.
6 May 2004

Call for Nominations for the ccNSO Council. ccNSO Election Procedures to Elect ccNSO Council can be found here. The Three Election Supervisors have also been announced.
25 April 2004

ICANN Calls for Proposals to Host Meetings in 2005 and 2006
05 April 2004 - ICANN is actively soliciting proposals from organizations seeking to host an ICANN Board of Directors Meeting in 2005 and 2006.

ICANN Announces New Staff Opportunities
03 April 2004 - ICANN has begun active recruiting for two staff positions - Webmaster and Chief Registrar Liaision. Recruiting continues for two additional positions, Ombudsman and System Administration Engineer. Job descriptions for all four positions can be found on ICANN's website at ICANN seeks to build a diverse, international staff by hiring the most qualified candidates available for the staff openings. Interested individuals should send their cv/resume and a cover letter to

Letter of Intent by ICANN and the NRO
02 April 2004 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Number Resource Organization (NRO) are pleased to announce the signing of a letter of intent concerning a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations.

Public Comment Forum for sTLD Applications
31 March 2004 - ICANN has opened Public Comment areas for all of the new sTLD applications. Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments.

ICANN Report on Whois Data Problem Report System
(PDF) 31 March 2004 - ICANN has published a report summarizing community experiences with the Whois Data Problem Report System (WDPRS). Coincident with the publication of the report, ICANN has launched a new version of the WDPRS that accepts reports related to all gTLDs, improves statistical reporting, and provides for more timely correction of data.

Updated Inter-Registrar Transfers Policy Information
31 March 2004 - The new transfer policy is intended to provide a procedure for the smooth transition of a domain name from one registrar to another when such a change is requested by the domain name holder.

Public Comment on Sponsored TLD Applications Opens 31 March 2004
26 March 2004 - A public comment period will begin 31 March 2004, 23:59 UTC and will last for one month. Comments will be posted in a web-based forum. Instructions will be published when the comment period opens.

ICANN Announces Business Relationships
26 March 2004 - ICANN announces a series of consulting agreements to enable and assist ICANN staff to move forward on a number of key objectives. ICANN has elected to use outside consultants for some transitory and temporary assignments in order to avoid the expense of hiring full time personnel or diverting existing staff from important operational and policy development support tasks.

Ten New Sponsored TLD Applications Received
19 March 2004 - ICANN today announced that, in response to a request for proposals, it has received ten applications for new sponsored top-level domains (sTLD's).

Proposed Corrections to Bylaws
11 March 2004 - During the ccNSO Launching Group's work, and discussions with ccTLD managers, ambiguities causing confusion in the ccNSO Bylaws were brought to the Launching Group's attention. The ccNSO Launching Group has conveyed these ambiguities to staff, and requested that language changes be made for clarification purposes.

ICANN Extends Global Outreach During Rome Meeting
6 March 2004 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held its first meeting of 2004 in Rome where a record number of delegates took part in over 27 fora to discuss the issues regarding the technical coordination of the Domain Name System (DNS).

A Process for the Election of the First Council of the ccNSO (PDF)
To comment on this paper, please send an email to
8 March 2004 - Deadline for comments is 31 March 2004.

New sTLD RFP Update
4 March 2004

Formation of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) (PDF)
1 March 2004 - In accordance with the ICANN Bylaws Article XX, Transition Article (the Article) the ccNSO is now constituted.

ICANN Answers Additional sTLD RFP Questions; Extends Deadline for Submitting Questions
28 February 2004 - ICANN has posted additional responses to written questions from prospective applicants for new sTLDs. Also, in response to widespread interest, ICANN has announced that the question period has been extended. Potential sTLD applicants will now have until 5 March 2004 at 23:59 UTC to submit their questions about the application process.

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