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CIRA Election Campaign Forum To Start On Tuesday, August 28 – With the announcement of the final Members’ Slate on Monday, August 27, the names of all of the candidates for the upcoming CIRA election will have been announced, and an online Campaign Forum will take place from Tuesday, August 28 until Tuesday, September 4. Voting for the four open Director positions will take place from Thursday, September 6 until Thursday, September 13.

ICANN To Proceed With Test IDN Top-Level Domains – ICANN has finalized an evaluation plan for inserting Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) strings into the root zone. Top-level domain (TLD) names representing ‘.test’ in eleven languages will be inserted into the root zone for testing purposes. The delegation and evaluation is expected to start in September.

ICANN WHOIS Working Group Issues Final Report – The final report [PDF] of an ICANN WHOIS Working Group has been published. The group sought to examine the proposal to use a new Operational Point of Contact (OPOC) in the registration data for each domain, to examine how legitimate interests (e.g. law enforcement) will access unpublished registration data, and to examine whether publication of contact information should be based on the type the name holder (legal vs. natural person) or on the registrant’s use of the name. Working Group member Milton Mueller has commented on the report, calling it a stalemate and stating that: “Despite flirting with the kind of compromises and reforms that might actually reconcile privacy rights with identification needs, in the final weeks of the process trust and agreement among the parties broke down completely.”

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  • ICANN is to enter into an agreement with Iron Mountain for Registrar Data Escrow services.
  • Stephen Cleeve loses a dispute against Domains by Proxy and Consumer Protection over stephencleeve.com.
  • The June, 2008 ICANN meeting will be held in Paris.
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