ICANN meeting coming to America next Spring.
For the first time in a long time ICANN will hold its international meeting in the United States March 13-18, 2011.
That means U.S. residents won’t have to make a trip that involves three plane hops and 12 different time zones to attend the meeting.
You probably don’t pay attention to ICANN policy that much if you’re a domainer. You aren’t excited by policy. You probably don’t care much, either. That has been my experience whenever I post about an important ICANN comment period and two or three people act on it.
You probably won’t be excited about the sessions at this event. But when was the last time you went to a conference for the sessions? Maybe a trip to San Francisco will get you excited. The truth is the domainer community needs to show up in force to remind ICANN and its constituents that we exist. We can only complain about not having a voice so much. We can only neglect to contribute to comment periods so often.
And March’s meeting will be huge given the imminent opening of the application period for new top level domain names.
Here’s a chance to be there, in the thick of it. Mark your calendar.
David J Castello says
“I left my TLD…in San Francisco…”
Not sure what “That means U.S. residents won’t have to make a trip that involves three plane hops and 12 different time zones to attend the meeting.” is supposed to imply. It’s self evidently true, just as it’ll also be true that anyone attending the international ICANN meeting from outside the USA /will/ have to change planes and timezones.
Or are US Residents somehow less able to do international travel than the rest of the world?!!
See Rick Schwartz’s announcement made earlier:
Andrew Allemann says
@ Biscuit – you’re right, it will take others longer to get there. But for the first time in a while it won’t be longer for people in the U.S.
For whatever, reason there weren’t a bunch of domainers at the LA conference in 2007 but with Schwartz banging the drum there’s obviously more potential for a wider audience.
If that’s the case ICANN may be in for a rude (literally) awakening at this conference.
Andrew Allemann says
@ Adam – perhaps because times were good in 2007? No one worried about what ICANN was doing. Too focused on counting the money.
Agreed. Instead of complaining about price increases and policy changes on blog posts and comments, you can now do it in person to the people responsibile for all of that….at ICANN in SF!