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ICANN Leaders to Discuss Future of New Generic Top-Level Domains and Other Issues at Dakar News Conference

(PresseBox) (Brussels, ) Rod Beckstrom, ICANN's President and Chief Executive Officer will join Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker at a news conference following the opening ceremony of ICANN's 42nd public meeting in Dakar, Senegal.

Among other issues, the ICANN leaders will discuss the implementation the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program. Under that program applications will be accepted for new gTLDs beginning on January 12, 2012. The application window will remain open until April 12.

It will mark one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet's Domain Name System.

In addition to taking journalists' questions on gTLDs at the Monday news conference, the two ICANN leaders will also answer questions on other subjects, ranging from IPv6 implementation to DNSSEC adoption.

Journalists who will not be present at the Dakar meeting are invited to participate in the news conference via a live video web stream or via telephone conferencing.

A recording of the news conference will be posted to the press page of the ICANN web site ( as soon after the event as possible.

Here are the details:

WHAT: News Conference

WHO: Rod Beckstrom, President and CEO and Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of Board of Directors.

WHEN: Monday, 24 October 2011, 1430-1530 Dakar (14300-1530 UTC).

WHERE: Room - BC 12, Le Meridien Hotel, Pointe des Almadies BP 8181, Dakar, Sénégal.

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the news conference via remote access.

A live video webcast may be accessed at

Telephone access will be available by dialing an international access number that can be obtained from this list The toll free access number in the U.S. is +1.800.550.6865. Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 25594.

LANGUAGE: The news conference will be in English, but there will be simultaneous French translation available in the room.



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