Re: [ga] UPDATE: Berkman Center will not webcast ICANN's Accra meetings
Thank you very much for your illumination.
It will be interesting to watch if ICANN has opted for less communication and
outreach or for more.
I am no technical wizard but I do know that your people were very friendly and
helpful in my several encounters with them. Your response here is quite
diplomatic. You speak very well for your group and I hope that your
professionalism was considered in all matters pertinent.
I hope to see your services rendered again in the near future.
Ben Edelman wrote:
> David wrote:
> > Are you able to be more explicit about the reasons for this Ben?
> I can't say for sure why ICANN declined the Berkman Center's proposal --
> indeed, their staff didn't give me a reason when notifying me that they had
> declined the Berkman Center's Accra meeting tech proposal. But certainly
> Berkman Center staff and ICANN staff have, over the past three years and
> past twelve meetings, at times had different ideas about the appropriate and
> optimal scope, technical sophistication, and robustness (backup systems,
> etc.) of meeting webcasts, as well as the associated costs that such
> facilities entail. I actually haven't had the sort of back-and-forth
> negotiation with ICANN that would lead me to well understand their
> motivations and concerns here, but my sense is that they thought they could
> get a better service -- perhaps one that they perceive to better match their
> needs, or that they find to feature a lower total cost -- elsewhere.
> > Is
> > this just a one off absence due to cost or a permanent disengagement?
> My understanding is that ICANN may have tentatively made arrangements with
> another organization to offer webcast services at Accra. I wouldn't want to
> presuppose how that that relationship will develop, but it seems to me
> likely that if the new organization proves satisfactory in that context,
> ICANN will stick with them going forward.
> Ben Edelman
> Berkman Center for Internet & Society
> Harvard Law School
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