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ICANN Meeting 39 in Cartagena De Indias, Colombia

ICANN held its 39th public meeting in the sunny city of Cartagena De Indias, Colombia during Dec 5-10, 2010. The meeting held close to 1000 participants from 100+ countries from around the world. The meeting was held at the Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala Convention Center which is located in the old Spanish city.

Prior to the meeting, all eyes were on the approval of the new gTLDs program; a program that has created waves of criticisms due to the huge change it can bring to the Internet. Another key issue was discussing the .xxx application.

At the board retreat, the ICANN Board came out with resolutions that can be found at http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-10dec10-en.htm.

One of the staggering outcomes of the ICANN meeting - for me as a Jordanian - was the approval of Amman - the capital of Jordan - as the country that will host the 41st meeting during June 19-24, 2011 (http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-10dec10-en.htm#9). It was great news to my country! You are all welcome to attend the meeting as we - as the local-host - have many surprises to our honored guests and esteemed delegates.

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Comment by Fahd A. Batayneh on December 26, 2010 at 7:26am

Interesting question Ljubisa. As far as what I know, there has been a huge debate between the UN and the US Government over ICANN and its grip on the Internet ever since ICANN came to life back in 1998. While
the UN tried its best to govern the Internet away from the US
(represented by ICANN), it has always failed.


Despite the fact that IG discussions evolve around the needs of the Internet community at-large in all its aspects, ICANN is involved with policies related to it. Despite these obvious differences, some observers
find the IGF as a competitor to the ICANN process.


A few years ago, there was a debate between the ITU and IANA over allocation of v6 IP addresses. While IANA claim to allocate these IPs fairly amongst the Regional Internet Registries (RIR), the ITU claimed that it
was not the case. As far as what I know, the debate is still alive, but
in passive mode!

Comment by Ljubisa Gavrilovic on December 16, 2010 at 4:07pm

I have a question here, hopefully someone can answer.

There is a motion for New Internet Nation State within boards of UN. Can someone provide some comment or explanation what exactly we shall expect?



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