ICANN’s 33rd International Meeting Arrives In Cairo

Cairo, Egypt: Further progress towards the implementation of new generic Top Level Domains and the global expansion of the domain name system is expected this week, as ICANN opens its 33rd International meeting in Cairo. Over 1,000 delegates from around the world have gathered for the meeting, which is being opened by Dr. Tarek Mohamed Kamel, Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

Since the ICANN’s board voted at its Paris meeting in July to proceed with implementation of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) significant progress has taken place. In October, ICANN released a draft Guidebook that provides information for those interested in applying for a gTLD and at the Cairo meeting, community feedback on the draft.

The Cairo meeting will also see further progress towards the introduction of internationalised domain names (IDNs) which, when combined with new gTLDs, will create a range new possibilities for the internet users of the world.

Commenting on the Cairo meeting, Dr Paul Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN said:

“There are 1.5 billion Internet users in the world and growing and there are only 21 generic top level names from which people can choose. We’re currently facilitating the biggest expansion to the domain name system since its inception and this meeting will see further consultation with the internet community so that all aspects of the draft gTLD policy are thoroughly discussed.”

Yesterday, on the eve of the opening of the Cairo meeting, ICANN and Egypt’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) manager formalize their relationship. Dr Paul Twomey, signed the Exchange of Letters with General Manager Hossam Fahim and Senior Consultant Nashwa Abdebaki from the Egyptian Universities Network (EGN). This brings to 45the number of countries that have entered into a formal relationship with ICANN.

The complete schedule for ICANN’s 33rd meeting, as well as links to webcast sessions and our public participation website, can be found at: http://cai.icann.org/cai/schedule.

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