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Webinar: Digital Engagement Project

Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Time: 14:00 – 15:00 UTC
Adobe Connect: http://icann.adobeconnect.com/ocs/
Adigo phone information:

  • US Access Number: 213 233 3193
  • US Toll Free Access Number: 800 550 6865

Conference ID: 40-60-14-86
International Adigo phone numbers: http://adigo.com/icann/

ICANN is engaged in a strategic development and incubation process for new digital engagement tools and services that will result in a reconceptualization of ICANN.org. The goal of the strategy is to drive community engagement across a continuum of potential involvement ranging from the general interest, public-facing communication that happens on ICANN.org, to deeper engagement experiences that enable new and existing community members to discuss and educate themselves on a wide variety of governance topics, to experiences in which community members learn more about working group activity.

Please join us for a webinar on Wednesday, 4 September 2013 at 14:00 – 15:00 UTC during which we will update the community on the project background and status. The meeting will be occur in an Adobe Connect room with a slide presentation. Participants will have the opportunity to offer comments and ask questions. During the course of the webinar, questions can be submitted using the chat function of Adobe Connect. If you cannot join the live session, the recording of the session will be made available shortly after the meeting.


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