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ICANN Public Meeting Details

2 November 1998

***See updated meeting information, including comments submitted***

Meeting to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cambridge Marriott, Cambridge, MA

The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will hold a public meeting on Saturday, November 14, at the Cambridge Marriott, Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  The meeting is open to all interested parties.  The board members will introduce themselves and they hope to hear comments and concrete suggestions from the attendees on issues including:

Accountability and Representation—Possible Membership Structures

We have listened to comments and have decided to have members in order to foster accountability and representation - and better decisions!  How should we do it? What are appropriate criteria for membership? Should there be different kinds - and if so, what kinds? How should members elect At-Large Board Members? How can we ensure broad geographical representation?

Technical Advice and Unbiased Expertise—Supporting Organization Structures

We need a structure to ensure that we get good technical advice and unbiased expertise. Our chosen approach, Supporting Organizations, needs clarification and definition.  How can we design a structure so that SOs are broadly representative of their communities? How can we avoid conflicts of interest? What criteria should we use to approve SOs? What role should they play vis a vis the Board?  How should SO Board members be selected and elected? What are the differences among the three SOs and how does that affect the appropriate structure for each?

Conflicts of Interest and How to Avoid Them—Transparency, Rules, and Other Mechanisms

We want this organization to be open, transparent, responsive, and free of hidden conflicts of interest.   How can we ensure that?  What kinds of rules and disclosure are necessary? How quickly can we realistically post minutes? We plan to hold open meetings along with most face-to-face board meetings, in all parts of the world.  How often should we do that? 

Time permitting, other issues may be discussed as well.

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School will be facilitating and moderating this meeting, which will be one in a series of public meetings that the ICANN board will hold around the world during the course of the next year.


In order to prepare for its moderation and facilitation of the meeting, the Berkman Center would like comments that help in framing the agenda and fully understanding the issues. The ICANN board would also like information about how many people expect to attend the meeting, and about how many who cannot attend would access online video or audio coverage, which ICANN is trying to arrange. You may submit comments without registering and you may register without submitting comments.  Registration/Comment form

Hotel Details

As of Monday, November 2, there are still rooms available at the host hotel:

Cambridge Marriott
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA  02142
Phone:  +1 (617) 494-6600
Fax:  +1 (617) 494-0036
For US reservations:  (800) 228-9290 (ask for special weekend rate)

The hotel web site includes driving directions from Logan Airport.

The Marriott is located above the Kendall Square “T Station” (subway).  Visit http://WWW.MBTA.COM/schedules/subway/body/ to see a subway map.  From the airport, take an MBTA shuttle bus to the Airport station; take the blue line westbound (toward Bowdoin); transfer at government center to the green line westbound; transfer at Park Street to the red line outbound (toward Alewife).  Get off at the Kendall station.

As of Monday, November 2, there are also rooms available nearby, at:

Sonesta Hotel
5 Cambridge Pkwy
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: +1 (617) 491-3600
Fax: +1(617) 661-5956
For US reservations: (800) 766-3782 (ask for special weekend rate)

http://www.boston.com includes an online yellow pages that lists additional hotels, services, and attractions.

http://www.boston-online.com/bos.html#around provides information (including airline, train, and bus information) for visitors to the Boston area.

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact:

Molly Shaffer Van Houweling
Senior Assistant to the President, ICANN
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society:
Jonathan Zittrain
Executive Director
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
+1 (617) 495-4643

ICANN Board:
Esther Dyson
Interim Chairman
+1 (212) 924-8800