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Registration is Now Open for the Meetings For the Next Decade Webinar

Updated: 9 September 2010

You are now able to register on the ICANN eLearning page to receive the call and adobe connect details needed in order to participate.

Whether or not you were active in the Big Pulse Survey regarding Meetings For the Next Decade (21 May – 30 July 2010), we encourage you to join the ICANN Participation and Engagement staff in this webinar about the Public Participation Board Committee’s Meetings For the Next Decade ongoing work.

The ICANN Staff will provide two webinar briefing sessions on Monday, 27 September at 15.00 and 24.00 UTC, to make the information accessible to community members in different time zones. Attendees will hear an overview of the Public Participation Committee’s 2010 planned work, learn about the results of the Big Pulse survey and the key issues derived from that, and get engaged with the staff and members of the committee on the next stage of the program, which is to better understand the community’s needs in regard to infrastructure and content for the ICANN International Public meetings in the future.

This 30 minute webinar, which will be recorded for later download, will be run in Adobe Connect with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. Each session will be conducted in English only with French and Spanish transcripts provided as soon as possible following the webinar.

Participants will have opportunity to ask questions during the session via a telephonic audio link and by using the Q&A function of Adobe Connect, as well as participate in a poll at some point in the presentation . If you are not able to participate in either of the two live sessions, the slides and an MP3 file will be made available shortly after the sessions.

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