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On 8 November 2000, the Internet Society issued a press release on
internationalized domain names strongly urging "caution in the
execution of activity regarding the use of non-English character
sets for the registration of domain names" and further urging "all
parties to allow the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
working group on internationalized domain names to complete its
work, before allowing the public to register such names."

The Second Annual Meeting of ICANN at Marina del Rey, California,
November 13-16, 2000, made worldwide headlines by announcing the
tentative selection of seven new generic top level domains. The
new domains include names for specific purposes, such as ".aero"
for the air transport industry and one name, "info" which is
unrestricted. ICANN will negotiate registry agreements with the
successful applicants, submit the negotiated agreements to the
Board for approval and then forward them to the United States
Department of Commerce for implementation.

In addition to the domain name announcement, ICANN issued two
important statements that pertain to its role in the technical
administration of the Internet.

On November 10, 2000, ICANN issued a Staff Working Paper, "Cost
Recovery Structure for Domain Name Registries". The Paper requests
public comment on three issues relating to the financing of
ICANN's operations:

(1) Provide an updated cost recovery structure for Top Level Domain
Name Registries that can be used in completing agreements with the
organizations selected to operate the new registries.

(2) Provide a basis for discussion with the country code top level
domain registry community leading to completion of registry
agreements with those organizations.

(3) Provide a means to simplify and harmonize the existing revenue
structure, which was adopted in 1999, particularly with reference to
DNS scaling and registry business model issues.

On November 27, 2000, ICANN called for public comments on the
staff recommendations for a study of the At Large membership.
ICANN's Board had previously ordered a study of questions
including whether the ICANN Board should include "at large"
directors; if so, how many directors there should be; and how they
should be selected. The staff has recommended the creation of a
Study Committee under the leadership of an executive director,
with instructions to report to the board at the ICANN meeting in
Melbourne, Australia in March, 2001. The Study Committee would be
charged with finding a consensus solution to the At Large
membership questions.
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