US President Donald Trump’s travel ban that has temporarily stopped citizens from 7 Muslim-majority countries, but none that Trump’s businesses have dealings in, has had a number of repercussions. One of those is on how global organisations do business, conduct meetings and hold conferences.
And one of those organisations is ICANN as Domain Pulse reported on yesterday (31 January). Later the same day the ICANN board issued the following statement on the situation via the ICANN blog:
Late last week, the United States Government issued an Executive Order addressing immigration and visa status for some countries and people entering or planning to enter the country.
This situation has affected one Board member’s participation in the Board Workshop taking place in Los Angeles this week, and it may make it more difficult for certain community members to travel to ICANN58 in Copenhagen in March. We are monitoring and evaluating this situation closely, and are trying to learn all we can about the implementation of the Order and what it means in practical terms for the ICANN community, employees and Board in the near and longer term.
ICANN remains committed to openness and accessibility. As we move forward, we will work together with the community to address issues such as meeting locations and travel.
As a global organization that depends on open, inclusive, transparent and accountable engagement, participation and policy development contributions from all over the world, we encourage all governments to help support the freedom of participation in ICANN and similar bodies.