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ICANN Signs Historic 30th Framework at 30th International Meeting

International frameworks with Sweden, Serbia, New Zealand are 30th, 31st, 32nd.

October 30, 2007; 04:56 AM

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has signed three exchanges of letters with country code top level domain operators — including the historic 30th one — at its 30th International Public Meeting in Los Angeles.

“ICANN has made great progress in formalizing its relationship with country-code Top Level Domain operators through the accountability framework program,” said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN’s President and CEO. “They represent the growing global partnership between ccTLD operators and ICANN.”

The exchange of letters with .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) of Sweden is the 30 th in this program, with .rs — Serbia, Serbian National Register of Internet Domain Names (RNIDS) and .nz — New Zealand, InternetNZ representing the 31st and 32nd respectively.

The Accountability Framework program provides two mechanisms by which ccTLD managers can formalize their relationship with ICANN. The first is an Accountability Framework document that sets out the obligations of a ccTLD manager and ICANN. It also covers dispute resolution and termination and is designed for ccTLD managers requiring a formal document with ICANN.

The second mechanism is an exchange of letters between ICANN and the ccTLD manager designed for those for whom a simple statement of commitment is more appropriate.

Signed accountability framework and exchange of letters documents can be found at


ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit:

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