[bc-gnso] Nairobi developments -- ICANN Board to meet to review the situation tomorrow

Marilyn Cade marilynscade at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 22 00:01:30 UTC 2010

thanks, Mike, for sharing the information on the BC list.  
I just want to suggest that we all avoid over reacting at this point to what is still not a clearly defined situation. 

The 'just sent out' alert re the Board discussion about security and options has actually been in the planning for several days. 
I am following this closely. I am planning to travel to Nairobi. I'll be part of discussions about safeguards, and risks, and threats, and all those critical issues. But, I do urge that we not base our decisions on news articles. 
I am in touch with the Kenyan hosts and colleagues from Kenya, and today, I contacted UN security team in NY via a trusted colleague, and will share any feedback I receive. And, we will all hear the Board's decision tomorrow.

I recall that in 2008, the IGF was held in Hyderabad, and only a few days before we all were to travel to India, a terrorist incident happened at Mumbai. The IGF went on; many cancelled, but many came to the meeting. Myself, and many BC members among the attending parties at Hyderabad.

> Subject: [bc-gnso] Nairobi developments -- ICANN Board to meet to review the situation tomorrow
> From: mike at haven2.com
> Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 17:14:30 -0600
> To: bc-gnso at icann.org
> hi all,
> just a quick note to update those of you who are planning to go to Nairobi.  the security situation in Nairobi may be deteriorating.  here's the lede from a Reuters story that hit a few hours ago;
> > NAIROBI, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Somalia's hardline al Shabaab rebels threatened on Thursday to attack neighbouring Kenya following a crackdown on Somalis in the capital Nairobi, according to a recording posted on an al Shabaab Web site. Islamist al Shabaab have threatened to attack Kenya before, although anger has been rising over the past week among the Somali community after Kenyan security forces detained hundreds of Somalis living in a Nairobi suburb.
> here's a link to the story;
> 	http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE60K1XM.htm
> ICANN just sent out an alert that the Board is holding a special meeting tomorrow to review the situation.  here's a link to the announcement;
> 	http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-20jan10-en.htm
> mikey
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