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ICANN Considers How To Deal With Cancún Meeting Due To Coronavirus

ICANN is to hold a conference call this week with ICANN community leaders and representatives to discuss how to deal with issues arising from the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the upcoming ICANN67 meeting scheduled for Cancún, Mexico, next month. The tone of the post indicates that there’s a chance ICANN will cancel the event if the community requests it.

In an email and blog posted dated 14 February, ICANN President & CEO Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO said ICANN continues “to assess the situation because, as we have stated before, the health and well-being of the ICANN community is our highest priority.” The conference call, slated for Tuesday, 18 February at 17:00 UTC is to share information and solicit the input of the ICANN community.

Marby notes that “as a result of the outbreak the GSMA Board has cancelled the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain; and Cisco Australia has cancelled its Cisco Live event, scheduled for 3-6 March in Melbourne, Australia. (We note that APRICOT2020/APNIC49 in Melbourne has not been cancelled.)”

“As we consider the potential impact for going ahead with ICANN67 as planned, we are closely monitoring a variety of factors, such as:

  • The development of confirmed cases in Cancún.
  • The ability of health authorities in Mexico to effectively mitigate and respond to a case or outbreak. Examples:
  • Clear testing and quarantine protocols, and determination of whether patients can be managed in Cancún or must be transferred elsewhere.
  • Concern over sufficiency of travel restrictions or health screenings for travelers coming from affected countries.
  • ICANN meetings are attended by contractors and participants from more than 150 countries. With cases in at least 25 of those countries, there is a risk of bringing the virus to Cancún and into the ICANN meeting site.
  • The potential a member of the Org presenting COVID-19 symptoms, raising concerns that they may have potentially infected colleagues scheduled to attend ICANN67.
  • The potential of an attendee contracting the virus in Mexico, and inadvertently bringing the virus back to their home country, organization, and family.
  • The risk of a “cruise ship” scenario in which a suspected or confirmed case is identified during the meeting, necessitating the mass-quarantine of all attendees and locals.
  • Discrimination or harassment against any attendee perceived to come from affected countries or regions (i.e., racial or ethnic stereotyping).”

Register for ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars

ICANN Tuesday released the schedule for ICANN67 Prep Week, which features a series of nine webinars to prepare the community ahead of the Community Forum in March.

To attend any of the webinars, please register here by Friday 14 February 2020 to receive joining instructions. You may also submit questions during the registration process.

ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars Schedule

Tuesday, 18 February 2020
16:00 UTC | ICANN Open Data Platform

  • Overview of the ICANN Open Data Platform and planned soft launch at ICANN67

18:00 UTC | ICANN67 Health, Safety, and Security Overview

20:00 UTC | ICANN Org Operations Planning Team Update

  • ICANN‘s FY21 Annual Operating Plan and Budget
  • ICANN‘s FY21-25 Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan

Wednesday, 19 February 2020
16:00 UTC | Contractual Compliance Update

  • Registrar & Registry Compliance Update
  • Contractual Compliance Audit Update

21:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Webinar

  • Update on GNSO projects and activities, including Policy Development Process (PDP) work, projected timelines, and current challenges

Thursday, 20 February 2020
16:00 UTC | Policy Briefing

  • Updates on current work across ICANN‘s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees

18:00 UTC | Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Update: What to Expect

  • GSE briefing (e.g., ICANN Learn, Newcomers Day) and useful resources

Monday, 24 February 2020
15:00 UTC | Registration Data Policy (Expedited PDP Phase 1): Implementation and Related Activities

  • Registration Data Policy Implementation Review Team (IRT) work

17:00 UTC | Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Engagement Activities

  • Engagement with local/regional community and special sessions for the LAC community

All webinars will be conducted in English. The Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Update will offer Spanish interpretation. Recordings and presentation materials will be posted here. Additionally, the Pre-ICANN67 Policy Briefing materials will also be available in Spanish.

ICANN Prep Week was established to help streamline the pre-meeting experience, increase awareness of current topics of importance, and enhance briefings and readout sessions conducted around an ICANN Public Meeting.


ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2020-01-14-en