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Re: [ga] webcasting for DNSO/Santiago Meeting

On 21 July 1999, R.Gaetano@iaea.org wrote:

>You wrote:
>> On 20 July 1999, Michael Sondow <msondow@iciiu.org> wrote:
>> >Mark C. Langston a =E9crit:
>> >>=20
>> >> The DNSO, as an arm of ICANN, has no right whatsoever to ask those
>> >> least able to pay to shoulder their openness burden to cover this
>> >> cost when they've spent themselves into a corner.
>> >>=20
>I have read the original message from Theresa over and over again, and =
>not find any reference to a specific form of financing.

No, but the subtext is quite clear.  She states that those who
attend the meeting pay their own way, and pay for the use of the
facilities.  This implies that those who can't afford to make the trip
don't "pay their own way", and are using the webcast for free.

The implication of her e-mail was all too clear: the GA pays for the
webcast, or there will be no webcast.

>Remote from where, may I ask?

I did not mean to imply that Santiago is "in the middle of nowhere".
It would appear, however, that given the current locations of the
participants in these proceedings, and the boards of the various
groups meeting there, it counts as "remote".

I have nothing against having meetings in various locations around the
globe, provided that ICANN (and the DNSO, in this case) make provisions
to accomodate those of us who don't have an expense account to pay for
the trip.

The point is that Ms. Swineheart came to the GA list, a list full of
those who most likely can't afford to make a trip to Santiago, and
proclaimed that the GA needs to find some way to finance their only
means of participation in a meeting whose location they had no control

Those who made the decision should bear the cost of ensuring the
meeting is accessible to all, and not just to those who can afford it.
Physical attendance of meetings should not be required.  If it is, then
ICANN and the DNSO need to stop all those conference calls.

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