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Dublin picked for ICANN 54

Kevin Murphy, August 5, 2014, 13:25:41 (UTC), Domain Policy

ICANN had selected Dublin to play host to its 54th public meeting, which will be held in October next year.
According to a blog post from Michele Neylon, CEO of Irish registrar Blacknight, the venue will be the imaginatively named The Convention Centre, Dublin.
The primary sponsor will be INEX, the local internet exchange, he reports.
It will be interesting to see if the Irish government bothers to show up. It’s not a member of the GAC and Neylon has frequently criticized it for taking no interest in ICANN affairs.
The meeting will be held from 18 to 22 October, 2015.
Despite Ireland having only one accredited registrar, Dublin houses the nominal headquarters for a big chunk of the registry side of the industry, largely for tax purposes.
Afilias has been there for over a decade and recently Rightside, the Demand Media spin-off, also relocated its HQ there. A number of smaller new gTLD applicants founded in other countries are also “based” in Dublin.
ICANN still hasn’t named the city for ICANN 53, 2015’s mid-year meeting. I assume it will be in either Asia or Latin America. ICANN 51 is in Los Angeles this October, 52 is in Marrakech next February.
Personally, I’m looking forward to visiting Dublin. Despite what a startling number of you (even people who’ve known me for years!) seem to think, I’m not Irish and I’ve never been to Ireland.

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Comments (5)

  1. Michele says:

    Well your entire name couldn’t be more Irish, so it’s a natural assumption 🙂
    Michele (the Irish guy with the Italian name)

  2. Andrew says:

    Minds + Machines is also in Dublin:

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      That’s just a subsidiary. The entity signing the ICANN contracts is based in the British Virgin Islands.

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