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Re: [alac] From whom can we get a formal statement on ID requirements or anonymity for meeting participation?

  • To: johnl@xxxxxxxx, alac@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: [alac] From whom can we get a formal statement on ID requirements or anonymity for meeting participation?
  • From: "Roberto Gaetano" <alac_liaison@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 16:46:58 +0000

I still don't understand why it seems reasonable to have to provide a valid ID to attend a US Senate meeting and it seems unreasonable that the procedure for an ICANN meeting be the same.

However, I agree with John that we don't have a formal procedure for this, and therefore it's going to be played by ear at each meeting. Moreover, as I noted in an earlier message, with differences that depend on local habits and regulations. I would support the request of Wendy of a clarification, although please excuse me but I cannot force myself to consider this a priority.

(As for the metal detector, we had one in Luxembourg, but not in Wellington. And in Tunis we were checked, but only on the first days, then they let people with ICANN badges go through without bothering.)

Roberto GAETANO
ALAC
ICANN BoD Liaison





From: "John R Levine" <johnl@xxxxxxxx>
To: "ALAC" <alac@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [alac] From whom can we get a formal statement on ID requirements or anonymity for meeting participation?
Date: 20 Jun 2006 10:14:19 -0400


I could live with any reasonanble process.  The problem, as so often is
the case at ICANN, is that there is no process, so people make something
up on the spot and then claim that it was the rule all along.

I sympathize with the security concerns of a US group in Africa, but
making people show ID cards has nothing do do with security.  (As has
often been noted, all the 9/11 hijackers had IDs, most if not all of which
were real.)  If ICANN charged money to register, it would be reasonable to
check that the registrants were the same people who'd prepaid the fee.
But since they don't charge, the point of asking for ID would be, well,
what?

If security is an issue, you deal with that with guards and metal
detectors, not small pieces of paper.

Regards,
John Levine, johnl@xxxxxxxx, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
Information Superhighwayman wanna-be, http://www.johnlevine.com, Mayor
"I shook hands with Senators Dole and Inouye," said Tom, disarmingly.

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