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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 7.5pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-08jun09-en.htm">http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-08jun09-en.htm</a></span></p>


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<h2 style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Two-Week
Coundown to Sydney!</span></h2>

<p style="margin: 11.25pt 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">8
June 2009</span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">ICANN&#39;s 35th International
Public Meeting is just two weeks away. The conference will be held 21-26 June
2009 at the Hilton Sydney. </span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">A full schedule for the
meeting, including a synopsis of each session being held throughout the week,
is available on the ICANN Sydney Meeting website at <a href="http://syd.icann.org/">http://syd.icann.org</a>. </span></p>

<p><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Highlights </span></strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Two main issues will likely
dominate the conference: new generic Top-Level-Domains (gTLDs), and
Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs). Workshops on the status of the new gTLD
process, as well as the IDN Fast-Track process, will take place on Monday. </span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">A Joint AC/SO Meeting, in
which representatives from ICANN&#39;s constituent groups will be discussing the
roles and responsibilities of Advisory Committees, Supporting Organisations,
Policy Staff and Board Members in ICANN&#39;s processes, is also on Monday&#39;s agenda
. </span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Other highlights include: the
ccNSO Tech Day (Monday); an Improving Institutional Confidence Workshop
(Wednesday); a forum on Abuse of the DNS (Thursday); and a public meeting of
the Board&#39;s Public Participation Committee (Wednesday). </span></p>

<p><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Social events </span></strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Two evenings of social events
are also written into the calendar. Monday night will see a cocktail reception
at the Hilton, followed by &quot;restaurant night&quot; on the waterfront in
Sydney where several restaurants will offer a special 20% discount to ICANN
Meeting attendees. </span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">On Wednesday, a Gala Event
will be held at Sydney&#39;s Overseas Passenger Terminal  where the world&#39;s luxury
liners dock  with a spectacular view across Sydney harbour to the famous Opera
House and Bridge. An after-party will be held at The Argyle bar. </span></p>

<p><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Remote participation </span></strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Are you unable to attend in
person, but still wish to follow events online? You will find extensive remote
participation tools on the meeting website at <a href="http://syd.icann.org/">http://syd.icann.org</a>.
Most sessions will have live, multilingual audio streaming, web chat rooms, and
downloadable presentations. </span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">The main room and all ccNSO
events will be broadcast live using Adobe&#39;s Connect software, which allows you
to not only hear and see what is going on in the room but also see the
presentations, a real-time text transcript, and interact in a chatroom at the
same time. </span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">To access the interactive
room you just need to go to a given meeting&#39;s webpage and a single link will
launch it (please note: this system may not work with all Linux users). </span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">For sessions outside those
two rooms, visit the session&#39;s specific webpage from the schedule and you will
be able to choose from listening to audio feeds in multiple languages, to
interacting in live web chatrooms and/or downloading speaker presentations. </span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">If you wish to ask a question
in the public forum on Thursday, visit our online question box at <a href="http://syd.icann.org/public-forum">http://syd.icann.org/public-forum</a>.
</span></p>

<p><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">General information </span></strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Other information regarding
Sydney itself, including suggestions on things to do, travel and visa issues,
transportation, and tourist advice are all available on the Sydney meeting
website at <a href="http://syd.icann.org/">http://syd.icann.org</a>. </span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">We look forward to seeing you
there. </span></p>

<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">ICANN Staff </span></p>