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    ICANN Meetings Melbourne Meeting Agenda Posted
    posted by michael on Wednesday February 21 2001, @04:54PM

    ...at least a a preliminary version. Expect additions after the 21-day advance purchase period for tickets.



    Even this prelminary agenda has items of interest: a meeting of the At Large Study Committeee (agenda to follow), scheduled for one day before ICANN meetings were due to start (hope you didn't buy a ticket with change penalties).

    The public forum has four items; there is no mention of what the Board will do. Nevertheless, insiders speculate that the Board still hopes to rush through approval of the contracts with the seven new gTLD operators. Not that you would guess from anything visible on the ICANN web site.

    Indeed, there is almost no way to tell that the negotiations are ongoing. This is particularly outrageous since the contracts are (allegedly) going to be templates for future gTLDs. Given the length and detail of the current secret negotiations between registrars and staff, one has to ask what on earth flexibility will be left to make changes in light of public comments. Hmm. Maybe that's why it is not on the agenda...


     
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