ICANN has announced the continuation of their Pandemic Internet Access Program for ICANN70. The programme financially assists those attending ICANN’s online-only meetings whose internet bandwidth is limited to get better broadband access. The programme was first piloted, with 24 people taking advantage of the programme, during the virtual ICANN69 with the support of ICANN’s Board in their resolution from August 2020.
Attendees at the upcoming virtual ICANN69 meeting (Community Days, 13-15 October | Plenary Week, 19–22 October) have been requested by the ICANN Ombuds Herb Waye to observe the Expected Standards of Behaviour and the Community Anti-Harassment Policy.
With ICANN, like many other organisations, forced to move their meetings into the virtual space, there has been a lot of learning about what works, and doesn’t. About what people want. And don’t. So for ICANN69 there was a demand from the community for YouTube streaming, to which ICANN has acquiesced for a limited number of sessions. There have also been protections added to prevent malicious disruptions that have occurred in previous virtual meetings.