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Coming to America: Mark your Calendar for March 2011

September 27, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, icann meeting, Policy & LawComments Off on Coming to America: Mark your Calendar for March 2011

ICANN meeting coming to America next Spring.

For the first time in a long time ICANN will hold its international meeting in the United States March 13-18, 2011.
That means U.S. residents won’t have to make a trip that involves three plane hops and 12 different time zones to attend the meeting.

You probably don’t pay attention to ICANN policy that much if you’re a domainer. You aren’t excited by policy. You probably don’t care much, either. That has been my experience whenever I post about an important ICANN comment period and two or three people act on it.

You probably won’t be excited about the sessions at this event. But when was the last time you went to a conference for the sessions? Maybe a trip to San Francisco will get you excited. The truth is the domainer community needs to show up in force to remind ICANN and its constituents that we exist. We can only complain about not having a voice so much. We can only neglect to contribute to comment periods so often.

And March’s meeting will be huge given the imminent opening of the application period for new top level domain names.

Here’s a chance to be there, in the thick of it. Mark your calendar.

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ICANN Travel Survey – Poll FAIL

May 24, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, icann meeting, icann survey, icann travel, Policy & LawComments Off on ICANN Travel Survey – Poll FAIL

ICANN wants your feedback on international meetings, but it won’t be easy.

ICANN is kicking off its “Meetings for the Next Decade” consultation process to figure out how to handle its international meetings. ICANN has been criticized for its large travel budget for many years. I remember at DOMAINfest last year Steve Wozniak joking about when he was asked to join the ICANN board, and how he viewed it as just a way to take some free vacations during the year. (He declined.)

At any rate, ICANN wants your feedback and has set up a survey. But it’s a very difficult survey to complete.

First, you need to register. Then when you take the survey, each individual question is set up as a different poll. After submitting the first response I thought it was only a one-question survey, which didn’t make sense. You need to click on the “Poll Menu” link at the top of the page to see the other polls.

Poll question 2.1 asks “How often do you attend ICANN International Meetings?”, but there’s no option for “Never”.

Question 2.2 doesn’t actually ask a question, but states “Registry/Registrar Regional Meetings”, and it seems that the question is asking how often you’ve attended these meetings. Again, there’s no option for “Never”.

Question 3 asks a series of questions on what would make you more or less likely to attend a meeting. The last three questions have to do with the time it takes to travel to the event.

H. The amount of time it takes to travel to and from the meeting is less than 36 hours, door to door
I. The amount of time it takes to travel to and from the meeting is less than 24 hours, door to door
J. The amount of time it takes to travel to and from the meeting is less than 12 hours, door to door

It’s very hard to say what effect these have on your decision to go. Question H. includes both question I. and J. by how its worded. So if it’s less than 36 hours, that also could mean it’s less than 12 hours. So I can’t check the box “Would make me less likely to attend” for H the way it’s worded; if it asked “the total travel time is greater than 24 hours”, then I could select that answer.

Worse, question three doesn’t have a “not applicable” option and requires you to respond to each question. I think a lot of people will have a hard time answering “F. I have support from my employer to attend (financial or otherwise)”, because they don’t have an employer.

My suggestion: just send in a regular email comment for the consultation rather than completing the survey.

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Colombia Faces Uphill Battle to Host ICANN Meeting in December

March 31, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann meeting, Policy & LawComments Off on Colombia Faces Uphill Battle to Host ICANN Meeting in December

ICANN still considering options for December meeting.

ICANN plans to hold a meeting in Latin America this December, but it hasn’t yet named a location. Colombia is frequently mentioned as a candidate, and the country’s Minister of Information and Communications Technologies has sent a letter to ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom restating his country’s interest in hosting the event.

On the surface, Colombia might be a good candidate. It’s getting a lot of press as it liberalizes its .co country code domain name. But the negative community reaction due to safety concerns during this year’s event in Nairobi, Kenya, is likely causing the ICANN staff to great consternation. Although the situation in Colombia is much improved over the past decade, it is still a relatively dangerous country with rival factions such as FARC and ELN battling and narco-terrorism is still prevalent in small towns and rural areas.

An ICANN event would likely be held in a large city, which probably reduces the chances of being kidnapped. The risks are somewhat similar to Mexico City, where ICANN held a meeting last year, where ATM and taxi cab robberies are fairly common. I haven’t heard of any major security incidents from either the Mexico City or Nairobi meetings.

Will ICANN play it safe to avoid having many delegates stay home? Or will having an event in Belgium in between the Kenya and potential Colombia event be enough of a breather?

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