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Domain Name News – October 4, 2009


CIRA Announces 2009 Board of Directors Election Results – CIRA has announced that Margaret Gilmour, Jim Grey, Barry Shell, and Victoria Withers have been elected to its Board of Directors. A total of 603 ballots were cast.

U.S. Government and ICANN Establish New Framework – With the expiry on September 30 of the Joint Project Agreement between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the two parties have entered into a new Affirmation of Commitments. According to the press release, the new agreement: “completes the transition of the technical management of the DNS to a multi-stakeholder, private-sector-led model. The Affirmation ensures accountability and transparency in ICANN’s decision-making with the goal of protecting the interests of global Internet users. The Affirmation also establishes mechanisms to address the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS as well as promote competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice.”

Picks To Click

  • A small selection of responses to the ICANN/U.S. Affirmation of Commitments, from: Nominet, Elliot Noss, Byron Holland, Avri Doria, Milton Mueller, and Michael Froomkin.
  • A proposed final implementation plan for introducing a limited number of IDN ccTLDs has been posted. The proposed launch date for the Fast Track Process is November 16.
  • auDA, the Australian domain name administrator, is inviting proposals for new second-level domains (2LDs) under .au. Also, it is calling for proposals for two inactive 2LDs, and, and it is seeking candidates for its New 2LDs Advisory Panel.


  • Sun, Oct 25 – Fri, Oct 30: ICANN meetings in Seoul, South Korea
  • Mon, Nov 16: proposed launch date for IDN ccTLD fast track process
  • Thu, Dec 10: support for .eu IDNs commences
  • Sun, Mar 7 – Fri, Mar 12: ICANN meetings in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sun, Jun 20 – Fri, Jun 25: ICANN meetings in Brussels, Belgium

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