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Interim Tools for Remote Participation

As you know, during ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the ICANN organization was made aware of possible issues with our Adobe Connect services. In an abundance of caution, we took immediate action and deactivated Adobe Connect services – both for external and internal use.

We continue to work with CoSo Cloud LLC, our cloud service provider of Adobe Connect, and Adobe, the publisher, on investigating the exact nature and impact, if any, of the reported issues. This is a complex process and it may take weeks, but we will provide an update on the investigation when we know more.

In the meantime, we have obtained a few trial licenses for WebEx and Zoom that ICANN org will be using in the interim to facilitate meetings with the community. We have asked these individuals to solicit feedback from the community during the trial period, which will help us decide which interim solution best fits our needs.

We recognize that using new tools may not always be easy. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Comments

    Robert Guerra  17:56 UTC on 26 March 2018

    ICANN should take this opportunity to assess alternatives to Adobe Connect that are more standards compliant, have regular security reviews and more importantly provide functionality for persons with disabilities. Might I propose getting in touch with experts, such as Dr. Derrick Cogburn at American University who has extensively studied collaboration tools and how they can be used to enhance global public policy in an accessible fashion.

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