[governance] ICANN to Hold First-Ever Remote Public Meeting
woody at pch.net
Thu Feb 20 04:25:00 EST 2020
My initial reaction was negative, but the more I consider it, the more I like it.
Beyond the obvious benefits to health, the environment, and the economy, this democratized the process. It makes it much more difficult for a handful of wealthy companies to monopolize the decision-making processes by putting a $100k/year travel-expense wall in front of everyone else.
All of the hallway side-meetings, which are always touted as the big benefit of the in-person meetings, benefit insiders disproportionately. Hypothetically, that too could be democratized with randomized introductions and chat sessions.
I think it will be interesting.
> On Feb 20, 2020, at 08:21, Jacob Odame-Baiden (via governance Mailing List) <governance at lists.riseup.net> wrote:
> Big news indeed and firstly, while my view is that virtual meeting will not completely equal a face-to-face meeting, this will serve as a huge test for online/virtual participation which is itself a key topic for IG discussions. Maybe this will give a more focused turnaround for that topic.
> Secondly, it is worth noting that the coronavirus outbreak has waded into global digital policy discussions and we are all seeing the impact. You can check out Diplo Foundations recent analysis of coronavirus in digital policy context here: https://dig.watch/trends/coronavirus-crisis-digital-policy-overview
>> On Thu, 20 Feb 2020, 05:28 Arsène Tungali, <governance at lists.riseup.net> wrote:
>> Such a huge decision made by the ICANN Board!
>> Eager to hear what you all think here...
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