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    ICANN Meetings Membership Issues
    New Site for Public Participation (Beta)
    posted by michael on Friday December 01 2006, @04:56AM

    Kieren McCarthy, writing to the governance@lists.cpsr.org mailing list:

    Just a quick announcement about a website I have set up for ICANN to provide remote participation for the Sao Paulo meeting starting on Monday.

    You can find it at: http://sp.icann.org/

    It is broadly the same as the IGF2006.info that Jeremy Malcolm and I set up for the IGF, except it is official. I was approached by ICANN's communications head and asked if I would consider doing something similar. After some umming and erring on my part I decided that better me than someone else so I have been killing myself this week setting it up.

    The way ICANN sees it, it is very much a pilot site - although I know they are hoping it will prove its worth so it can become a more permanent fixture. As such I encourage you all to use it as much as you can. It is the same very simple registration process, wherein you immediately get your own blog and posting rights to the site.

    Because ICANN already has its own systems, processes, supporting organisations etc etc, unlike the IGF, I have set up two levels of registered user so those at the head of the various bodies will have the ability to create new chatrooms and forums. Hopefully this will encourage people in charge to interact with the site (rather than ignore or fear it), plus get everyone else to will have the ability to create new chatrooms and forums. Hopefully this will encourage people in charge to interact with the site (rather than ignore or fear it), plus get everyone else to approach those in charge (or find out who it is) - for example, ask a Board member to set up a chatroom during the Board meeting. I have yet to set up all those accounts so bear with me.

    But it is an incredibly open website and covers the meeting pretty well I think, although of course any and all suggestions are welcome. If anyone's interested, I'm still not sure if I'm going to Sau Paulo or whether I'll stay in the UK, which might actually be more useful from an online participation perspective.

    If people want to complain about me personally setting up this site, feel free to email me, although you can expect a robust response. But apart from that, most importantly, please do use it. It opens up a wealth of opportunities and my hope is that if people find it useful it will encourage them (and that includes ICANN staff) to interact more online which - I hope I am right in assuming - everyone on this list views as a good thing.




     
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