[technology taskforce] Transitioning ICANN's Remote Participation Platform to Zoom

Sarah Kiden skiden at gmail.com
Wed Apr 3 21:53:14 UTC 2019

Hi Olivier,

I think I am indifferent about the choice of Zoom over Adobe Connect. I
would use either one and Adobe Connect has improved greatly from a few
years ago.

Zoom has some pros and cons though I like it because of its ability to work
well in low bandwidth situations. I do not like its chat feature though I
think there is potential for it to be improved. Regarding the number of
participants, I believe it is 100 (at least when I last used it to full
capacity last year).

Overall, I am looking forward to seeing how Zoom will work for us!



On Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 12:41 AM Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>

> Dear Dev,
> thanks for reporting this. A while ago, when Adobe Connect was faced with
> security problems, ICANN briefly interrupted the use of Adobe Connect and
> replaced it with both the use of Webex and Zoom. The result was not
> particularly positive and the vast majority of people were happy to return
> to Adobe Connect, which is a lot more powerful than Webex and at least
> keeps some form of order to the order in which people put their hands up.
> Zoom has some serious shortfalls for meetings with a large number of people
> --- and it does not offer local dial up in many countries around the world.
> I am very surprised about this choice.
> How do you all rate Zoom vs. Adobe Connect?
> Kindest regards,
> Olivier
> On 03/04/2019 23:09, Dev Anand Teelucksingh wrote:
> just as Adobe is starting to switch to HTML5 from Flash
> https://www.icann.org/news/blog/transitioning-icann-s-remote-participation-platform-to-zoom
> After careful consideration, ICANN org has decided to transition our
> official remote participation platform from Adobe Connect to Zoom. In
> January 2019, we entered into a contract with Zoom to license its product
> for widespread deployment. Plans are being executed now so that we can
> completely replace Adobe Connect & PGi by ICANN65 in Marrakech, Morocco.
> Our intent is to run ICANN65 using Zoom as our sole web conference platform.
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