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ICANN Board Member and Former GAC Chair to Give Evidence in .Africa Case

Michele Neylon

The controversy over the competing .africa TLD applications has been going on for some time. A recent decision by the International Centre For Dispute Resolution (ICDR) said that ICANN had breached its own by-laws and has questioned why ICANN won't allow a current board member and the former Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Chair to speak to them and provide evidence.

A letter that was published on the ICANN site yesterday suggests that ICANN may have changed their tune and will now let Ms Heather Dryden (former GAC Chair) and Mr Cherine Chalaby, who is a current board member and chair of the board's New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC), speak to the ICDR.

The hearing is scheduled to run over two days — May 22nd and May 23rd at Jones Day's offices with the two ICANN witnesses and Ms Sophia Bekele providing evidence over a 4 or 5 hour period.

Here's the letter with the details.

By Michele Neylon, MD of Blacknight Solutions
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Your reporting is speculative Martin Otsieno  –  May 07, 2015 10:38 AM PDT

Dear Sir,

From that letter posted of the panel, it does not in any way say that those Board members are confirmed to come.

One, you should have clarity in your reporting i.e. it is speculative.

Two, could you please provide evidence to your readers where you found the information that ICANN Board members are going to come to the hearing?

The letter of course commands ICANN to state the order of its witnesses by May 11th?

Thank you

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