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ICANN Turns Cancún Into Virtual Only Meeting Over Coronavirus Fears

ICANN announced Wednesday it’s turning its ICANN67 Public Meeting, which was to be held in Cancún, Mexico, into a virtual meeting with remote participation-only. This decision, ICANN says, was made as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, considered a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. Also up for review are the upcoming GDD Summit in Paris and the ICANN68 Meeting in Malaysia.

The meeting, scheduled for 7-12 March 2020, marks the first time in ICANN’s history that it will hold a Public Meeting solely with remote participation.

Each ICANN Public Meeting attracts thousands of attendees from more than 150 countries. With cases in at least 26 of those countries, there is the potential of bringing the virus to Cancún and into the ICANN meeting site. If this were to happen, there could be accidental exposure of the virus to attendees, staff, and others who come in contact with an infected individual.

COVID-19 continues to be a rapidly evolving global situation, with new cases emerging daily.

“This is a decision that the ICANN Board has been considering since the outbreak was first announced and it is one that we haven’t taken lightly,” said Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board Chair. “We know that changing this meeting to remote participation-only will have an impact on and cause disruption to our community; however, this decision is about people. Protecting the health and safety of the ICANN community is our top priority.”

ICANN acknowledges the community will have many questions about travel arrangements, scheduling, and other meeting-related issues. So they will be consulting with community leaders and groups to focus the virtual program on the most essential sessions, and will publish a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page to https://icann.org in the coming days.

Remote participation is an integral part of any ICANN Public Meeting, but it will be vastly expanded for ICANN67, and will leverage the robust technology platform in use by the community today.

Those interested in attending the remote meeting should still register in the usual place (here), if they have not done so previously. To learn more about remote participation, visit ICANN Public Meetings.

ICANN will continue to make further announcements as circumstances warrant. In the meantime, ICANN org will hold a webinar to provide a short update and take questions. The webinar will be held on Thursday, 20 February at 1800 UTC.

ICANN is also reviewing upcoming meetings, such as the GDD Summit in Paris and the ICANN68 Meeting in Malaysia. So far, no decisions have been made and these are proceeding as planned. ICANN will keep the community informed of any changes.

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).”

ICANN Announces 2 2021 Public Meeting Locations: Cancún and The Hague

ICANN announced Monday the 2 remaining public meeting locations for 2021 that were yet to be announced: Cancún and The Hague.

Cancún, Mexico, will host ICANN70 from 20 to 25 March 2021. The Community Forum will be held at the Cancun International Convention Center (CICC).

The Hague, Netherlands will host ICANN71 which will take place from 14 to 17 June 2021. The Policy Forum will be held at the World Forum.

Earlier this year, ICANN announced that Seattle, Washington, U.S., will serve as the location for ICANN72, which will be held from 23-28 October 2021 at the new
Hyatt Regency Seattle.

This makes up the 3 Public Meetings ICANN holds each calendar year in different regions of the globe.

Cancun, Kuala Lumpur & Hamburg Announced as ICANN 2020 Meeting Locations

ICANN has announced the locations for its Public Meetings to be held in 2020. Cancun, Mexico, has been selected as the location in the Latin America and Caribbean region to host ICANN‘s 67th Public Meeting, from 7–12 March 2020. The Community Forum will be held at the Cancun International Convention Center.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has been selected as the location in the Asia Pacific region to host ICANN‘s 68th Public Meeting, from 22–25 June 2020. The Policy Forum will be hosted by Dr. Suhaidi Hassan of the Internet Society Malaysia Chapter at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.

Hamburg, Germany, has been selected as the location in the European region to host ICANN‘s 69th Public Meeting, from 23–28 October 2020. The Annual General Meeting will be hosted by eco association, DENIC and the City of Hamburg at the Congress Center Hamburg.

ICANN holds three Public Meetings each calendar year in different regions of the globe. ICANN Public Meetings are a central principle of ICANN‘s multistakeholder model because they provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, and interacting with other members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization. Usually comprising more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy development. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.

CentralNic Launching .MEX.COM As Mexican Alternative

CentralNic logoNew gTLDs are on the horizon, but CentralNic is pushing its second level domains with the general availability for .mex.com commencing on 20 January.

The launch of .mex.com means there are now around 30 second level domains offered by CentralNic including .us.com, .uk.com, .com.de and .jp.net.

The 2LD is restriction free and is aimed at providing an alternative to .mx and access to Mexico’s 46 million internet users.

Give your customers the heads up now by enticing them with these great names (and the marketing materials on your registrar console). It’s first come, first served, so make sure you notify them in advance of the launch to give them every chance of securing the name they want under .MEX.COM.

.MX Passes 400,000 Domain Registrations

NIC Mexico logo.MX, the country code Top Level Domain for Mexico, has passed the 400,000th domain name registration reports NIC Mexico.

As of 4 March, NIC Mexico reported the following breakdowns for each classification of .MX domain names:

Type of dominion Amount Percentage
.com .mx 292,135 73,01%
.gob.mx 5,253 1,31%
.net .mx 412 0,10%
.edu .mx 6,485 1,62%
.org .mx 14,572 3,64%
.mx 81,270 20,31%
TOTAL 400,12

America Registry logoTo register your .MX domain name, check out America Registry here.

Latin American Domain Registrations Continue to Grow

There are now more than 4.86 million domain names registered in the Latin American region, an increase of 1.86 per cent since August and a 17.40 per cent increase year-on-year.

The largest growth in registrations in September was in the country code Top Level Domain for Brazil (.BR) with total registrations growing by 39,496. This was followed by Argentina (.AR – 31,872), Mexico (.MX – 9,806) and Chile (.CL – 3,923).

However on a percentage basis, the ccTLD that showed the greatest growth was Anguilla (.AI) where there was an astonishing increasing in registrations of 1,348 per cent, although this was too the very modest total of 391 registrations. This is reflected by a change in a change in the ccTLD’s terms and conditions with registration of .AI domain names now open to all and not just residents of Anguilla as before.

Following was Guadeloupe (.GD – 4.53%), Mexico (2.79%) and then Guatemala (.GT) and Uruguay (.UG), both with a monthly increase of 2.68 per cent.

Overall, the top five ccTLDs in total registrations remained the same as before. These were .AR with 2,001,844 registrations, .BR (1,848,161), .MX (361,597), .CL (259,914) and .VE (152,799). These were the only five ccTLDs with registrations above 100,000 in Latin America.

America Registry logoTo register domain names for Latin American ccTLDs, check out America Registry here.

The above information was sourced from information provided by LatinoamerICANN at latinoamericann.org/?q=node/2006.

Thanks to NameAction for alerting us to the above information.