[At-Large] Fwd: ALERT: ICANN67 Public Meeting Will Now Be Remote Participation

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Thu Feb 20 11:53:38 UTC 2020

Maybe if this forced experiment succeeds more meetings will be done this
way. Being more virtual provides a more-level playing field that reduces
opportunities for corridor lobbying and "squeaky wheel"-based policy making.

ALAC should press Constituency Travel to ensure that accommodations are
made for otherwise-funded participants who may have poor local internet.
Such assistance could be in the form of temporary subsidy for Internet
improvement or travel to the nearest location with video-streaming-capable
Internet access. ICANN's substantial cost savings realized through the
cancellation -- even considering forfeited deposits -- should more than
cover any cost of ensuring that the ALAC 25 as well as others who are
typically funded are not disadvantaged because of poor connectivity at home.

- Evan

On Wed, 19 Feb 2020 at 21:02, Maureen Hilyard <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com>

> Subject: ALERT: ICANN67 Public Meeting Will Now Be Remote Participation
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> Dear Ms. Maureen Hilyard:
> The ICANN67 Public Meeting, which was to be held in Cancún, Mexico, will
> now be held via remote participation-only. This decision was made as a
> result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, considered a public
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> A modified remote participation schedule for ICANN67, scheduled for 7-12
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Evan Leibovitch, Toronto Canada
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