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Scenes from ICANN Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya

March 9, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann nairobi, Policy & LawComments Off on Scenes from ICANN Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya

ICANN meeting in Nairobi running well, report attendees.

With all of the hype around security and possible disruptions, those in attendance at ICANN’s meeting in Nairobi say all is going well.

Attorney John Berryhill writes “The summit and the ICANN meeting are both running smoothly here. The “security issue” is waaaay overblown by those who simply didn’t want the meeting held in Kenya. The conference center is huge and in a secure block with Kenyan military around the perimeter…”

Berryhill surmises that it’s probably safer than Philadelphia.

Berryhill sent this picture from the room of the conference center in Kenya. He said the buses enter a secure gate and then all guests go through a second perimeter. The conference center is huge, and there were no difficulties with the African leadership summit.

Reports on Twitter show that ICANN leadership is actually making progress on issues at this meeting, holding various groups accountable rather than letting them just delay progress.

Here’s a picture of the Mount Kilimanjaro climbers arriving at the Nairobi conference:

Finally, a little humor for you. A celebrity guest interrupted the ICANN meeting today:

Notice the tattoo on Kayne West’s forearm.

Thanks John for keeping us all up to date.


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More Headaches for ICANN Meeting in Nariobi, Kenya

March 5, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann nairobi, Policy & LawComments Off on More Headaches for ICANN Meeting in Nariobi, Kenya

Heads of state from six African countries to hold meeting at same venue during ICANN meeting.

As if security threats and big name companies backing out of next week’s ICANN meeting in Nairobi weren’t enough, attendees to the meeting are about to face another big headache.

Nick Tomasso, General Manager, Meetings and Conferences for ICANN has just posted an update that the InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will be holding a meeting at the same venue as the ICANN meeting next week.

Tomasso writes that this could “severely impact our community as it attends the meeting here on Monday and Tuesday”.

What’s the big fuss? Well, the IGAD is made up of six member nations (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda). All of them will have their heads of state at the venue on March 9, along with their “respective entourages and full security details, which will be substantial.”

In some ways this will be a cool experience for attendees. But it is also likely to slow things down to a halt. IGAD will certainly take precedence to ICANN at the venue. And if there were already security worries about the venue, having leaders from countries such as Somalia there will certainly heighten those concerns.


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ICANN Considers Security Concerns for Kenya Meeting

January 21, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, icann kenya, icann nairobi, Policy & LawComments Off on ICANN Considers Security Concerns for Kenya Meeting

Meeting might be moved to different location in Kenya.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has called a special meeting of the Board of Directors to address security concerns for the upcoming ICANN meeting in Kenya.

Although the details on ICANN’s web site are minimal, an editorial in ComputerWorld Kenya suggests ICANN is considering moving the meeting from Nairobi to a UN compound in Gigiriin.

This isn’t the first time security concerns have affected an ICANN meeting in Kenya. A meeting was planned for last year, but was canceled after social unrest following the 2007 Kenyan elections.

The editorial suggests that ICANN has a double standard, holding meetings in Mexico City and Seoul but not Kenya.

I think ICANN has its double standards; if they were truly concerned about the security, the meeting in Seoul would not have taken place; South Korea is always under alert because of North Korea nuclear intentions.

The meeting in Mexico city would not have gone on, after all every one there is said to carry a gun and the senior executives within ICANN membership were at risk of kidnappings. But the meetings took place.

Last year I discussed how Mexico City was a poor choice due to security concerns.

But the editorial also suggests that an ICANN meeting in Nairobi would happen without incident:

In short, ICANN should know that they will come, they will hold their meeting, they will go away, and no one will probably remember they were here. How many people know about ICANN and what it does? How many people know that the people present are online millionaires?

Perhaps. But it’s only a matter of time before an “online millionaire” has an unfortunate experience at an ICANN event held in the wrong place.


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