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ICANN’s Amsterdam Registry/Registrar Meeting Exceeds Expectations

ICANN hosted the Europe Regional Registry/Registrar Meeting in Amsterdam on 24-25 January 2013 and said that it exceeded expectations.

The recently completed Europe Regional Registry/Registrar Meeting held in Amsterdam exceeded all previous regional meetings in local and remote participation. The meeting was attended by 240 current or prospective registries and registrars and observers. There were over 200 remote connections during the two-day event with a peak of 57 remote participants at one time. This is more than triple the attendance of the next largest regional meeting.

The agenda, with presentation materials and audio recordings can be found at http://meetings.icann.org/meetings/registry-registrar-jan13-en.

ICANN hosted the event at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam on 24-25 January 2013. For the first time the schedule included a half-day session dedicated to ICANN newcomers followed by an opening keynote address by ICANN Board Member Bertrand de La Chappelle. A number of speakers and panel discussions filled the agenda along with an evening cocktail event hosted by .pw the professional web.

The meeting wrapped up Friday afternoon with a roundtable hosted by ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé. Survey feedback by attendees was overwhelmingly positive with over 84% agreeing that the event met or exceeded expectations.

This was the fourteenth regional meeting of its kind since 2005. These events are distinguished from the regular international ICANN meetings in that they are not structured, for example, to influence policy development. If you are interested in the policy development and a broader interaction with ICANN stakeholders, please join the upcoming ICANN Meeting in Beijing in April this year.

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Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names and website and software development. He has been online since 1995 and a domain investor since 2002.

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