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Political hell to descend on ICANN meeting

Kevin Murphy, March 5, 2010, 13:21:44 (UTC), Domain Policy

Forget terrorists, in-person attendees at ICANN’s Nairobi meeting will now have to contend with something potentially much worse: politicians.

About 200 civil servants and security goons from six east-African nations will descend on the Kenyatta International Conference Centre on Monday, just as ICANN’s 37th get-together gets together.

IGAD, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, is a political forum focussed on sorting out east Africa’s ongoing problems with drought. Serious work.

Even more people are expected to show up on Tuesday, when the heads of state of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda arrive with their respective entourages, according to ICANN’s meeting manager Nick Tomasso.

With that many national leaders and scores of security personnel arriving at our meeting venue at one time, we expect it to cause severe inconveniences and at times possibly major disruptions for our community members as they attempt to enter and move around the KICC.

On the bright side, with a major international conference going on in the same building, the chances of getting blown up by terrorists diminishes rapidly. I think.

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