Coverage from Andy Sullivan, Reuters; and Wired on USG bipartisan concerns.|
I had earlier mentioned that the ICANN Public Forum of March 13 was apparently later retransmitted, and hoped the same might hold true for today's BoD meeting of March 14. It is now after 1830 hrs Accra time on March 14 and there is no mention of any rebroadcast, nor is the feed working (though the idly curious can try it here), so, like so much to do with ICANN, that appears a vain hope. The U. of Oregon Videolab does say there will be archives available when feasible, whatever that means.
As I missed much of today's meeting, I am curious what became of the proposed motion on the Redemption Grace Period here on page 8 [.pdf]. The chat log is rather unclear on this point, and ICANN's preliminary report doesn't mention it at all. Can anyone fill in the blanks?
Finally, I agree completely with Abel Wisman's sentiments. The realtime scribe that ICANN inself couldn't manage was handled most ably by GA Alt Chair Alexander Svensson and flawlessly piped to the web by GA Chair Thomas Roessler. ICANN didn't ask them to do this (given what went down in Accra it is no surprise ICANN wanted minimal coverage), they did this voluntarily, they did it on extremely short notice, and they did it well, all in the true spirit of what built the internet. And they were elected by the self-selecting GA membership, those individuals whom the ICANN BoD, staff, and lawyers want to cut out of the equation. It is clear where the real competence is with ICANN, and it is increasingly on the outside looking in. -g