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Tweets from Chehade’s keynote in Brussels today

Kevin Murphy, June 25, 2013, 09:25:42 (UTC), Domain Policy

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade gave a keynote address at a meeting of European stakeholders in Brussels today.
While the meeting is evidently not accessible remotely, some interesting tweets and photos may give a flavor of the event and his remarks. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the quotes.

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Comments (8)

  1. John says:

    “our clients are registrants”

  2. Andrew says:

    “our clients are registrants”
    Nice to see this admitted. Now if only they would spend more time finding out what registrants want rather than what registries and registrars want.

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      Sometimes I wonder if ICANN believes that listening to the GAC is the same as listening to the public interest.

      • Rubens Kuhl says:

        They know it’s not the same, but besides a control freak bias inherent to governments, GAC is indeed providing views based on public interest. Expanding representativeness of other ACs and SG/SOs is key for the community to present and defend public interest without such bias.

        • Kevin Murphy says:

          The GAC listens to commercial special interests and presents those demands as being in the public interest. Tangentially, they probably are, but it’s not quite the same thing.

  3. Philip Corwin says:

    Now that ICANN has talked the talk of registrants first, let’s ask that they walk the walk. Trust, but verify.

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      I wouldn’t get too excited. Just last week Atallah was talking about new gTLD applicants as “customers”.

  4. Philip Corwin says:

    Fadi is CEO, so I am taking him at face value.
    See my post at

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