ICANN Opens 31st International Public Meeting in New Delhi

ICANN New Delhi Meeting NEW DELHI , INDIA: Internet
issues from around the world are front and center in India as the
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers opened its 31st
International Public Meeting today in New Delhi.

“This year is an important one for the future of ICANN. The U.S.
government is in the middle of its Midterm Review of its Joint Project
Agreement with ICANN, and we’re arguing it’s time to take the final
step to originally envisioned private sector model for ICANN,” said
Peter Dengate Thrush, ICANN’s Board Chairman. “In fact the public
comment period closes on the final day of this meeting – so we expect
plenty of discussion about this in New Delhi, and we will be
encouraging everyone who believes in the ICANN model of coordination
not control to make their thoughts known.”

The New Delhi meeting is the first of the three public ICANN
meetings in 2008. These meetings are crucial because ICANN’s polices
are created through a bottom-up, transparent process involving Internet
Community.

“There wlll be key discussions at the New Delhi meting about our
ongoing work to develop a new application and approval model for new
generic top-level domains or gTLDs, and our work on Internationalized
Domain Names or IDNs, which will mean the languages and scripts of most
of the world could be used to write domain names,” said Dr Paul Twomey,
ICANN’s President and CEO. “Because the ICANN model is based on
bottom-up, consensus-driven policy making, these global meetings are
important ways of making sure ICANN is on track and meeting the needs
of the wider Internet community.”

Discussions around IDNs will include two workshops, one on the
Fast-Track Process to find a way to represent territory identifications
in local languages as country-code top-level domains as quickly as
possible in the areas of highest need, and another on the pioneering
work India is doing on IDNs in Indian Languages and Scripts.

Other meeting highlights include:

  • A workshop on ICANN’s planning for what happens if a Registrar were to cease operating
  • IT Success Story of India session with some of the leading figures from the Indian IT sector.
  • An open and public ICANN Board Meeting.

The complete schedule for ICANN’s 31st meeting, as well as links to
webcast sessions and our public participation website, can be found at:
http://delhi.icann.org/

http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-11feb08.htm

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