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Mary Hewitt

Director of Communications
Joined on June 27, 2003
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Mary Hewitt is ICANN’s Director of Communications. In this capacity Ms. Hewitt focuses on ICANN’s educational outreach and communications programs with the public-at-large, constituencies, and press.

Ms. Hewitt has over 10 years experience with managing strategic communications programs in the private sector and with the congressional and executive branches of the U.S. Government. She served as Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Department of the Treasury and then as Press Secretary for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Most recently, she served as Director of Communications and Industry Relations for the Computer and Communications Industry Association.

Mary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Broadcasting (Central Washington University) and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (Georgetown University).

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Court Denies Preliminary Restriction of WLS

In a strongly worded ruling, a U.S. Federal Court Judge has ruled in ICANN's favor and denied plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction. Dotster and two other ICANN accredited registrars had asked the court for an order prohibiting ICANN from finalizing approval of VeriSign's proposed new "Wait Listing Service" (WLS). Plaintiffs alleged that WLS is "anti-competitive" and that ICANN breached its obligations under the registrar accreditation agreement (RAA) when ICANN gave preliminary approval to WLS last year. The court disagreed, ruling [PDF] as follows: more

ICANN Reaches Landmark Agreement With Country Domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) concluded its Montreal meeting with a landmark agreement that cements the relationship between ICANN and the worldwide community of country-code top-level domain registries. "Today's agreement represents both a historic achievement for the ICANN process, and a powerful vote of confidence in the newly reformed ICANN 2.0," said Paul Twomey, ICANN's president and CEO.

Finalizing four years of dialogue and negotiation, the creation of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) heralds a new era of cooperative and productive relations among ICANN and the country-code domain registries. The structure and rules for ICANN's new ccNSO were endorsed by domain registry organizations and individual managers representing every region and populated continent. "Today's agreement is a testament to how ICANN is seen as a forum the international Top Level Domain administrators can come together and jointly address issues," said Twomey. more

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