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ICANN72 Participation Metrics Preview

1 November 2021
By Nick Tomasso

Thank you to everyone who helped make the ICANN72 Virtual Annual General Meeting, which took place from 25-28 October 2021, a success. A total of 1,305 attendees from 156 countries and territories joined the virtual meeting in real time.

ICANN72 Statistics Preview

Here is a preview of the regional breakdown of participants:

  1. Africa – 13.8%
  2. Asia/Australia/Pacific – 22.1%
  3. Europe – 20.8%
  4. Latin America/Caribbean Islands – 7.63%
  5. North America – 35.6%

The full ICANN72 By the Numbers Report will be released within a few weeks with more in-depth statistics.

Virtual Meeting Features

As with the past Public Meeting, our Meetings Technical Services and Language Services teams integrated the remote simultaneous interpretation platform (RSI) into Zoom to enhance community participation. Only one digital device operating Zoom was needed to access the feature. Breakout rooms were also added to working sessions for participants and the plenary sessions were streamed live on ICANN's YouTube channel. This facilitated community members with limited bandwidth or no access to Zoom to watch and listen to these sessions. If you missed an ICANN72 session, the recordings and transcripts are available on the ICANN72 meeting site here.

Hybrid ICANN Public Meeting

The plenary session titled, "Designing Hybrid ICANN Public Meetings to Equalize In-Person & Remote Participation" was well attended and generated a lively discussion between the ICANN Board, ICANN organization (org), and community members. The points raised during the robust discussion will be useful for subsequent deliberations for future meetings.

I would like to thank all colleagues and vendors who helped to put together ICANN72 for their support and collaboration. Thank you also to all ICANN Board, ICANN org, and community members who participated at ICANN72. We look forward to seeing you at the next ICANN Public Meeting.


Nick Tomasso