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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ICANN hosts webinar on ATRT activities

Plans have been concluded for the hosting of the web seminar (webinar) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on its Accountability and Transparency (ATRT) activities, today, Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

ITRealms Online gathered that most people and Internet community precisely could be wondering how ICANN is progressing on its commitments to improve transparency and accountability, and how ATRT improvements would help stakeholders.

Sources at ICANN said that the ATRT webinar provides the Internet community globally the opportunity to have their opinions shared on the changes made to date by ICANN’s Board of Directors, Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), Nominating Committee (NomCom), and staff.

The ATRT Activities’ Webinar, ITRealms Online also learnt would hold today between on Wednesday, between 14 and 15 hours UTC.

“The webinar is open to all, and will be conducted in English. If participants find it useful, more sessions will be scheduled. The meeting will be run in Adobe Connect with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. No RSVPs are needed,” a press statement from ICANN informed.

Further, ICANN officials said interest stakeholders could connect to the Webinar via, http://www.adigo.com/icann while participants from the United States have toll-free line to dial with code 8752 following the line: 800550-6865.

Additionally, participants would have opportunities to ask questions after each agenda item presentation.

“During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function of Adobe Connect in addition to joining the discussion queue on the conference bridge. The session will be recorded, and the slides and an MP3 will be publicly posted,” part of the statement indicated.

ICANN’s Board had directed that implementation move forward on the Accountability and Transparency Review Team’s broad-ranging recommendations.

They also said that much has been accomplished and much work lies ahead, therefore, this webinar would help participants to get-up-to-speed on all of these efforts, and enable them to share input on completed and planned improvements.

The essence of the webinar, ICANN said, is to provide better access to, and insight into, Board decisions, noting that ICANN provides a wealth of Board meeting information online, including briefing materials, expanded minutes, and rationale statements for Board resolutions, as well as conditions for redaction of posted material.

Equally, ICANN said the webinar would help to advance the effectiveness of the Governmental Advisory Committee and its interaction with the Board, thereby increasing funding to support government participation in the GAC and multilingual access, and the Board-GAC Joint Working Group recently issued proposed improvements for public comment.

As well, the webinar would improve the processes ICANN uses to gain public input and develop policy, ICANN’s Bylaws have been translated into multiple languages, and ICANN’s Public Comment Webpage has been redesigned.

Remmy Nweke
ITREALMS Online ... delivering news for ICT4D

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