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    by Anonymous on Thursday September 01 2005, @08:42PM (#16163)

    The Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts. Senator Richard Alston, today broadly endorsed the proposed structure of the new Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

    ICANN will be a non-profit organisation responsible for managing the allocation of internet top level domain names and addresses - such as companyname. com or stategovernment.gov

    The proposed structure, Articles of Association, Bylaws and proposed initial Board members

    were developed through months of intensive negotiation and discussions among global

    internet stakeholders, including Australian business and government representatives. The US

    Government is currently considering the proposals.

    'The Australian Government is confident that ICANN will provide a strong framework for effective reform and management of the domain name governing structure,' Senator Alston said.

    'Australia believes that the proposed individual Board members all have the necessary skills and expertise necessary for this important role. Australia is particularly pleased that Mr.Greg Crew, the Chairman of the Australian Communications Industry Forum, had been proposed for the Board.

    'However, the Government is concerned that the Bylaws do not explicitly recognise the rights of national governments to oversee the administration of their own country-code top level domains, and we will argue that this be reflected in the final structure.'

    Senator Alston said that Australia had also consistently argued that developing nations should be represented on the ICANN Board. The Australian Government therefore believes that the geographical mix of Board members should be varied to more adequately reflect global internet usage.

    Internet users in the developed countries of the Asia-Pacific account for 15% of global users, while users in the European Union account for just over 17%. However, the proposed Board structure allocates 50% greater representation to Europe.

    'Australia believes that developing nations - especially those in Asia - should also have a position on the ICANN Board,' Senator Alston said.

    Media Contact: Terry. O'Connor, Minister's office 0419 636 879

    Dr Paul Twomey, National Office for the Information Economy 02 9240 0902


    8 October 1998
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