Morocco: ICANN52 in the middle of the Ebola crisis

Marrakesh in Morocco, is where ICANN52 would take place.

Marrakesh in Morocco, is where ICANN52 would take place.

The current ICANN51 conference in Los Angeles, California, is attended by more than 2,500 participants, making it the 2nd most attended conference after ICANN50 in London, UK.

ICANN52 is scheduled for Morocco, in the African continent, between February 8-12, 2015, in the city of Marrakesh.

Many participants of the ICANN conference have raised a concern, how this would be feasible or sensible, in the middle of an on ongoing crisis related to the Ebola virus.

As a matter of fact, long before the Ebola virus reached countries outside of Africa, we raised our concern about ICANN51 and the increased participation from parts of Africa where the Ebola virus is presently active.

In the US, there is very little that has been actively done to pro-actively contain the Ebola virus, all while European airports are enforcing strong measures to contain a potential outbreak.

Should ICANN52 be moved away from Morocco and Africa in general?

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6 Responses to “Morocco: ICANN52 in the middle of the Ebola crisis”
  1. Andrew says:

    “Many participants of the ICANN conference have raised a concern”

    How many? Did they tell you personally? Or are these concerns online somewhere?

  2. DomainGang says:

    Andrew – Fadi didn’t contact me personally. Here’s a link.

  3. Andrew says:

    I talked to one person about it this week in LA, but didn’t hear lots of conversation about it. I think most people will take a “wait and see” approach.

    Apparently Marrakesh is about 1500 miles from Liberia.

  4. DomainGang says:

    My concern is the lack of concern. Also, if Morocco pulled out of hosting the African soccer Cup, what would make it do so despite the distance from Liberia? Liberia isn’t the sole source of Ebola virus incidents.

  5. Andrew says:

    Now I’m confused. You originally wrote “Many participants of the ICANN conference” were concerned, not citing any source of that. Now you’re saying there’s a lack of concern?

    Posing the question is one thing…

  6. DomainGang says:

    Andrew – That was in reference to your “wait and see” approach. The participants raised their concerns, and I did so in August as well, as soon as Ebola incidents in Africa expanded outside of the original boundaries.

    The bottom line is this: Would you feel safe swimming in shark infested waters? Food for thought, pardon my pun.

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