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    Need for easier participation, but...
    by vbertola on Friday October 31 2003, @12:06AM (#12584)
    User #3435 Info | http://bertola.eu.org/
    While I would like to agree with you, I doubt that pure online meetings would be as nearly as productive as a group of people physically sitting in the same place and discussing.

    However, I am absolutely unsatisfied with the present "public forum" and online attendance mechanism; I think that ICANN should make an effort to make all open meetings webcast and remotely accessibile; and I am quite worried about the decreasing amount of public general discussion about important issues (which, practically, is the reason why the public forum ended even earlier than scheduled).

    Finally, I don't get your point about "places". These are global meetings and a place that is handy for you is very uncomfortable for me. If what you are suggesting is that ICANN meetings should all be hold in developed countries, or even in the U.S. only, then we couldn't disagree more.

    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)
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    Re:Need for easier participation, but...
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Friday October 31 2003, @05:08AM (#12588)
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    I would suggest the following. ICANN should identify a small fixed number of geographically dispersed locations, let's say four per meeting, which can be linked by videoconference and have the meeting happen in them simultaneously.

    Given the needs for venues which support a strong internet access and wifi presence it might also make sense to have the meetings in the same places each year (i.e. if there are 4 meetings a year, the fall ones are always in one set of four locations, the spring ones in a different fixed set of four locations). Haviing fixed locations would make less planning work for the meetings committee (in the long run) and make things easier for participants who could plan better. Sixteen fixed locations (4 locations x 4 meetings) would between them provide all the geographic diversity anyone could want.

    Having the meetings happening simultaneously in four places would force major content online and out of back rooms. It would radically increase ease of access for much of the world, since you wouldn't have to go as far.
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