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Helsinki tipped as next ICANN venue

Kevin Murphy, March 9, 2016, 18:39:00 (UTC), Domain Policy

ICANN is expected to be heading to Helsinki, Finland, for its next meeting.

Director Chris Disspain dropped the name of the host city during a session at the ICANN 55 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, today.

Apparently it’s common knowledge among attendees that the Finnish capital is being lined up as a replacement for the original ICANN 56 venue, Panama City.

Panama was cancelled due to fears about the baby-deforming Zika virus, which is running rampant in South and Central America right now.

There’s no word yet on whether ICANN 57, currently planned for San Juan, Puerto Rico in October, is going ahead.

Puerto Rico is reportedly having its own Zika problems right now.

ICANN 56 is scheduled to kick off June 27 this year. Helsinki is expected to be confirmed by the ICANN board in a resolution tomorrow.

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Comments (1)

  1. Rubens Kuhl says:

    Puerto Rico is not cancelled yet. ICANN says they are watching Zika developments and can only confirm that it might be cancelled, but no decision has been made yet.

    It might be interesting to ask them at which date the cancellation penalty for Puerto Rico kicks in or raises, which is when they will be forced to make a decision.

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