RE: [council] Conference fees as revenue source
I appreciate your input, Harold. In fact, many participants will find conference fees a barrier. I fail to see that conference fees are a solution to ICANN's funding challenges. On the other hand, it might defray meeting costs themselves. But core funding is not solved by this mechanism.
I have mixed feelings about this since those who fund their own expenses, and that is an increasing number, find the extra $200-300 or so an additional financial burden, when travel and hotel/expenses costs are in the $1200=-2000 range on average per meeting.
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On the last conference call, I was asked to consult with the NCC to
ascertain whether the NCC would regard conference fees as a barrier to
The answer is yes. I have received email from several NCC members
stating that it is already a financial burden for them to participate in
ICANN. A conference fee to attend, particularly if it is on par with those
usually requested by professional conferences in the United States,
would make attendance impossible or prove a serious deterrent for them.
I will add that, from personal experience, many professional conferences
provide scholarships or waive fees for non-profits.
As with many issues at ICANN pertaining to cost, the issue becomes:
does ICANN (and its participants) value the input and contribution of non-
profits sufficiently to accomodate the very real financing problem for non-
profits. Non-profits are a critical part of the Internet community. Many of
our members play vital roles in maintianing an Internet structure in their
countries or providing training and Internet access. I hope that ICANN,
and its members, will value this perspective.
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