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ICANN nixes in-person Seattle meeting, will be virtual event

Board decides to wait until next year for in-person meetings.

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ICANN’s Board of Directors has decided against having in-person attendance for its Annual General Meeting scheduled for Seattle this October. It will be a virtual event instead.

This paragraph of its resolution seems to sum up its decision:

Whereas, at this time, while conventions are starting again in Seattle, U.S., at this time it does not appear possible or feasible to convene a meeting of international participants for an in-person or hybrid ICANN72 in Seattle, U.S. as planned. Between the global inequity in vaccine availability across the world, continuing restrictions on persons from many countries or territories being allowed to enter the U.S., and backlogs in visa processing for those who are able to enter the U.S., ICANN cannot estimate with any confidence the ability to for attendees outside of the U.S. to attend ICANN72.

The Board said it plans to hold its spring meeting as a hybrid event with in-person attendance in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Author: Andrew Allemann

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