[At-Large] info on waiver to attend ICANN74I

Marita Moll mmoll at ca.inter.net
Wed Apr 27 20:36:25 UTC 2022

This is exactly what I have been thinking Roberto. Is it specifically 
designed as a disincentive to attend in person? It feels that way.


On 2022-04-27 10:33 p.m., Roberto Gaetano wrote:
> Thanks Marita.
> One sentence - among others - is particularly puzzling to me:
>     /I knowingly and freely assume all risks related to illness and
>     infectious diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19, *even
>     if arising from the negligence or fault of ICANN* /
> This means to me that I acknowledge that ICANN has the right to be 
> negligent. I have to confess that sometimes in the past I have thought 
> that this was ICANN’s approach, but it is the first time that I see it 
> in writing.
> I wonder whether this is a sort of friendly advice to participate 
> online and avoid showing up in person in the Hague.
> Cheers,
> Roberto
>> On 27.04.2022, at 22:09, Marita Moll via At-Large 
>> <at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org> wrote:
>> Dear colleagues. If you are planning to attend ICANN74, please note 
>> that you will be required to sign a very broadly worded waiver that 
>> goes well beyond any issues related to the pandemic. You can read the 
>> waiver here: 
>> https://www.internetnews.me/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/ICANN-waiver.pdf
>> Several registrars have asked that this requirement be dropped 
>> https://domainincite.com/27793-icanns-covid-19-waiver-formally-appealed.
>> Michele Neylon, Managing Director of Blacknight Solutions, seeking 
>> legal advice on behalf of himself and staff, was advised that neither 
>> he nor his staff should sign a waiver granting ICANN blanket 
>> exclusion of liability. 
>> _https://blacknight.blog/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/blacknight-ICANN-April-2022-Hague-waiver.pdf_ 
>> <https://blacknight.blog/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/blacknight-ICANN-April-2022-Hague-waiver.pdf> 
>> .
>> It is an unsettling way to begin what was looking like a new 
>> beginning after so many hours at virtual public meetings.  I have 
>> attended more public meetings in my life than I could ever count, and 
>> have never been asked to sign such an extensive waiver.  I would be 
>> interested to know if others have ever encountered this.
>> Marita Moll, ALAC rep. for NARALO
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