[At-Large] Fwd: ALERT: ICANN67 Public Meeting Will Now Be Remote Participation
alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Thu Feb 20 14:07:51 UTC 2020
I *KNOW* that such subsidies would be necessary but I also suspect the logistics would make it very difficult to pull off.
That being said, I am not all that positive about the idea of the full-remote meeting. We know the difficulty at getting full attendance even when everyone is at a F2F meeting. The difficulty of carving out time when you are still actually in your home city, coupled with the time zone issue for many, will make it VERY difficult to get anywhere the attendance or more important the level of work done.
At 20/02/2020 06:53 AM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
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.
On Wed, 19 Feb 2020 at 21:02, Maureen Hilyard < maureen.hilyard at gmail.com<mailto:maureen.hilyard at gmail.com>> wrote:
Subject: ALERT: ICANN67 Public Meeting Will Now Be Remote Participation
Dear Ms. Maureen Hilyard:
The ICANN67 Public Meeting, which was to be held in CancÃºn, 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 health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization<https://www.who.int/>. Please read the full announcement here<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2020-02-19-en> .
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