ICANN nixes Puerto Rico meeting, will be virtual instead

You’re going to have to wait a bit longer for in-person ICANN meetings.

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ICANN has canceled plans to meet in person in Puerto Rico for ICANN73 in March 2022. It will be another virtual meeting instead.

The organization said it intends to hold ICANN74 in person in The Hague Netherlands in June 2022. But that’s the same thing it said about the Puerto Rico meeting after it announced last month’s Seattle meeting would be online.

Of course, it all depends on where Covid and vaccinations are at that time. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess.

In announcing the cancellation, the organization stated:

The pandemic remains a persistent and volatile risk, particularly due to the more transmissible and globally predominant Delta variant. Although vaccination campaigns have advanced, COVID-19 continues to circulate widely in all regions. While there has been progress that might make it feasible to plan for and convene a meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico in March 2022, the current risks and uncertainties remain too high to proceed with an in-person meeting or with an in-person component. This uncertainty also prevents ICANN org and the community from conducting the pre-planning activities necessary to hold an in-person meeting, and it prohibits any travel to conduct on-site technical and logistics planning that must begin months before the actual event.

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