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ICANN attendance shrinks again

Kevin Murphy, December 21, 2017, 08:23:25 (UTC), Domain Policy

The number of people showing up an ICANN public meeting was down again for ICANN 60.
The organization today reported that 1,929 people showed up in Abu Dhabi, the first time Annual General Meeting attendance has dropped below 2,000 for some time.
At the comparable 2016 AGM, held in Hyderabad, ICANN saw a record 3,182 people check in, a number swollen by many hundreds of Indian delegates.
In 2015, the AGM in Dublin reportedly had 2,395 participants.
The 1,929 going to Abu Dhabi compares to the 2,089 going to the Copenhagen meeting in March and the 1,353 who went to the much shorter, more focused Johannesburg meeting in June.
All three 2017 meetings had lower attendance than their 2016 counterparts.
While there had been some talk of some foreigners, particularly women, avoiding ICANN 60 due to its location, it appears that the gender mix was pretty much the same as usual, with 31% of people saying they were female.
The number of sessions continued to spiral out of control, although they were on average shorter.
There were 407 meetings over the course of the week, up from 381 at the Hyderabad AGM, but the total number of session-hours was down from 814 to 696.
The amount of equipment lugged to the venue weighed in at 9.6 metric tonnes. That’s the same, ICANN said, as 6,517 adult female falcons.
That’s enough birds to fill sixty London buses to the moon and back in a hundred football stadiums THE SIZE OF WALES.

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Comments (1)

  1. Dave Tyrer says:

    It says on the internets that 80 falcons can fit in a 747.
    “Although it’s a pretty odd sight, it’s not an uncommon thing to see falcons on planes in the United Arab Emirates. Etihad and Qatar actually have official falcon policies.”
    So if ICANN is flying those 6,517 falcons to ICANN61 in San Juan, they will have to charter 81 special airliners. This probably explains their budget problem.

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