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Article of the Week
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The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) is the RIR for Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Central Asia. The main focus of the RIPE NCC is the allocation of Internet number resources and the maintenance of a registry of all allocated Internet number resources in its service region. The RIPE NCC is not to be confused with RIPE, a related but independent collaborative forum.

The RIPE NCC was established on 16 September 1990 to deal with administrative tasks for RIPE, although it was not formally established and recognized until 1992. The RIPE NCC did not become a separate legal entity until 1998. Although the two organizations are legally independent today, they remain highly interdependent. The RIPE NCC supports RIPE by facilitating RIPE Meetings and providing support for RIPE Working Groups. The RIPE NCC maintains the RIPE Database, a public database containing registration details of the IP addresses and AS Numbers originally allocated to members by the RIPE NCC.

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Acronym of the Week
The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) is a formal advisory body providing important feedback and input for ICANN regarding its public policy. It provides advice to ICANN on public policy aspects of ICANN’s responsibilities with regard to the DNS.
In the News
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  • Goran Marby, the new CEO of ICANN, will officially transition into his role this month, May 2016. Read the Press Release here.
  • Draft New ICANN Bylaws is open for Public Comment until 21 May 2016. The comments are intended to be considered and incorporated in time for the ICANN Board to approve and adopt the new Bylaws by 27 May 2016. More info can be found here.
  • ICANN Fellowship Application Round for ICANN 57 is now open. Learn more here.
  • ICANN 56 in Helsinki, Finland will be the first noticeable implementation of ICANN's new meeting structure. you can learn more about how it will affect your role at this meeting here.
TLD of the Week
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.brussels is a geographical TLD delegated to the Root Zone in ICANN's New gTLD Program on 18 June 2014.

  • Registry Operator: DNS.be
  • Registrations: 6227
  • General Availability: 20 January 2015
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