Disclosing this to ITREALMS Online, former Communications Manager, Mr. Kieren McCarthy, said the website could be found at, http://sp.icann.org/.
He also said that the website would take the format of the website for the just concluded Internet Governance Forum 2006; igf2006.info that he and Jeremy Malcolm set up for the IGF.
He noted that the Sao Paulo meeting website would serve as a pilot site.
“The way ICANN sees it, it is very much a pilot site - although I know they are hoping it will prove its worth so it can become a more permanent feature,” he explained.
Urging members of the Internet community to make adequate use of the site.
“As such, I encourage you all to use it as much as you can. It is the same very simple registration process, wherein you immediately get your own blog and posting rights to the site,” Mr. McCarthy explained
The website which had two levels of registered user, would enable stakeholders to form a group that is capable of creating new chat-rooms and forums.
“Hopefully this will encourage people in charge to interact with the site rather than ignore or fear it; plus get everyone else to approach those in charge or find out who it is,” he said.
It would be recalled that the 27th international public meeting ICANN, is being hosted in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Presently, ICANN acts as a private-public partnership (PPP), dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet, promote competition so as to achieve broad representation of global Internet communities and develop appropriate policies to spur its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.
In consistency with its consensus development, ICANN meets three times annually around the world, since March 1999 in Singapore, as part of its outreach programme.The Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) has also promised that the event would offer visibility and exposition opportunities for the participants, just as they expect over 600 Internet enthusiasts at the meeting.