ICANN chooses another controversial location for ICANN meeting.
Continuing a theme of holding ICANN meetings in places that members of the Intellectual Property Constituency are too afraid to go, ICANN’s board has approved holding its December meeting in Cartagena, Colombia.
As I discussed last month, I’m sure that ICANN didn’t take this decision lightly. It pulled off a successful meeting in Mexico City without much pushback. But its last meeting in Nairobi was lightly attended due to security concerns. Among the parties staying home were VeriSign, Go Daddy, Neustar, and the Intellectual Property Constituency. No major issues were reported in Kenya, despite a bomb threat against the building where the event was held and a meeting of African leaders at the same location.
Mexico, Kenya, and Colombia all have U.S. State Department travel warnings. Maybe ICANN was tired of going to countries where people could rip on it for just being a vacation travel club.
The Colombia meeting will be held December 5-10, 2010. The next meeting will be in March 2011, somewhere in North America.