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ICANN meeting daily updates

Daily conference newsletterOne of the problems with ICANN meetings is that so much goes on that it is impossible for people to keep track of it all. I am especially aware of this as (in my role as general manager of public participation) I have been trying to developed a way to let people know simply and easily what has happened.

What I have come up with is a daily conference newsletter, provided each morning that outlines the main meetings of that day alongside short summaries of what happened the previous day. These are handed out at the conference – left at the registration desk, the ICANN booth and on chairs in the main rooms. They are also provided as pdfs on the San Juan meeting website at http://sanjuan2007.icann.org.

Here are the links to the pdfs for today, Tuesday 26 June [pdf] and yesterday, Monday 25 June [pdf]. Any comments on the format or approach are welcome.

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