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September 18, 2019 07:36

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ICANN attendance shrank in Denmark

Attendance at ICANN’s recent meeting in Copenhagen was down about 8% on the comparable meeting a year earlier in Marrakech, according to ICANN statistics. There were 2,089 at the Denmark meeting, down from 2,273 reported a year ago in Morocco. The decline appears to be largely a result of relatively lower local participation. Africa is […]

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How many elephants did ICANN send to Helsinki?

ICANN ships a quite staggering amount of equipment to its thrice-yearly public meetings, equivalent to more than 12 mid-sized cars at the recent Helsinki meeting. That’s one of the interesting data points in ICANN’s just published “Technical Report” — a 49-page data dump — for ICANN 56. It’s the second meeting in a row the […]

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“Cheese sandwich” comment blamed for sexual harassment complaint

ICANN’s first formal case of sexual harassment has been closed with no official finding by the Ombudsman. Ombudsman Chris LaHatte today said he was unable to establish the facts of the alleged incident, which is said to have taken place during a coffee break at the ICANN 55 meeting in Marrkech, March 6. LaHatte said […]

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Man in sexual harassment claim considers legal action

The man accused of sexual harassment at an ICANN meeting is considering legal action for defamation. He’s also filed a counter-complaint with ICANN Ombudsman Chris LaHatte, after his accuser named him on a public mailing list. That’s according to emails from LaHatte, screen-captured and posted to social media by the woman making the accusations. LaHatte […]

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Debate as accuser names “sexual harasser”

The woman who says she was sexually harassed at the ICANN meeting in Marrakech earlier this month has controversially named the alleged perpetrator on a public mailing list. She’s also publicly released documents exchanged between herself and the ICANN Ombudsman, with whom she has made a formal complaint. According to her complaint the man, a […]

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Helsinki tipped as next ICANN venue

ICANN is expected to be heading to Helsinki, Finland, for its next meeting. Director Chris Disspain dropped the name of the host city during a session at the ICANN 55 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, today. Apparently it’s common knowledge among attendees that the Finnish capital is being lined up as a replacement for the original […]

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ICANN receives first sexual harassment complaint

ICANN’s Ombudsman has received what is thought to be the first complaint of sexual harassment at an ICANN meeting. The allegation emerged during a meeting between non-commercial stakeholders and the ICANN board of directors yesterday. During its sessions with constituency groups yesterday, the ICANN board had pushed participants for their views on geographic and gender […]

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Governments still split on ICANN accountability plan, but will not block it

The Governmental Advisory Committee failed to reach consensus on proposals to improve ICANN’s accountability, but has raised “no objection” to them going ahead as planned. After burning the midnight oil in a tense series of meetings at ICANN 55 in Marrakech last night, the GAC finally agreed to the text of a letter that essentially […]

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Governments split on IANA transition

ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee is unlikely to provide its full backing to accountability proposals supporting the IANA transition. In meetings at ICANN 55 in Marrkech over the weekend, a handful of GAC delegates publicly stated that they would block consensus over concerns the proposals reduce government power in ICANN. The most vocal opposition came from […]

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Cab, Uber or camel? Don’t get stiffed during ICANN 55 in Marrakesh !

ICANN 55 takes place in Marrakesh, Morocco. The event was postponed during the Ebola virus crisis of 2014. Since then, other issues have arisen in the African region, including terrorist activities by ISIS, but ICANN appears determined to follow through with the event. There is, however, some concern about getting safely from the airport to […]

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