ICANN to focus on security at Nov meeting

ICANN says that despite the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, it would hold its November conference as scheduled, but would change the topic of the meeting to address issues of internet security and stability.

          The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body that administers the address system and other technical functions of the internet, said last week that despite the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, it would hold its November conference as scheduled, but would change the topic of the meeting to address issues of internet security and stability.

          The meeting will examine the strength, reliability and security of the internet's address system, the importance of internet communications during crises, proposed policies for dealing with crises and improving readiness for them, says ICANN.

          Ignoring these questions in light of the attacks would be irresponsible, says ICANN president and CEO M. Stuart Lynn.

          ICANN had asked its members to comment on whether the meeting should be held or not, and the group received a hearty yes. The meeting will be held in Marina Del Rey, California, which is where ICANN is based.

          The organisation doesn't know how many people will attend this meeting, though a number of overseas members of ICANN are expected, says Mary Hewitt, director of communications for ICANN.

          The change in focus will delay some business that was planned to be discussed, including international domain name issues, she says.

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