[technology taskforce] Real Time Captioning-Pilot Study has been funded

Gordon Chillcott gordontc at look.ca
Fri May 1 14:02:22 UTC 2015

Well done, Judith.  Very well done!

Making them pay attention was a victory in itself, but this . . . !


On Thu, 2015-04-30 at 15:08 -0400, Judith Hellerstein wrote:
> Dear Technology Task Force Working Group Members,
> I wanted to report the great news that the Special Budget Request that I put in 
> has been approved and funded by the ICANN Board. This is really great news!!  
> While they did not give us everything we asked for. We had requested a one year 
> pilot with a review after 6 months. Instead the board approved a 6 month pilot 
> with a review after 3 months to determine viability. The goal will be at least 
> three calls/meetings per month to determine viability.
> The Pilot will begin October 2015. Also good news is that ICANN has recognized 
> that this is not just an ALAC need but a core need for all. It is great that 
> ICANN has recognized the value of captioning technology during meeting support 
> efforts. I will be working with Heidi Ulrich and other staff to figure out how 
> to structure the pilot. Those who are interested in working on creating the 
> pilot, please feel free to email me.
> When I have more information I will send another email out but just wanted to 
> let everyone know this great news.
> Best,
> Judith

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