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ICANN’s Covid-19 waiver formally appealed

Two reliably regular ICANN meeting attendees have formally asked the Org to change the legal waiver it’s asking everyone to sign if they want to show up in The Hague for ICANN 74 this June.

Michele Neylon of registrar Blacknight Solutions and Eberhard Lisse of .na ccTLD registry Namibian Network Information Center filed an emergency Request for Reconsideration with ICANN last week.

They call the waiver, which absolves ICANN from liability if participants catch Covid-19 even through ICANN’s own gross negligence “unduly broad” and “unreasonable” and “unduly wide and harsh”.

They can’t ask their staff to sign such an all-encompassing waiver, they say.

ICANN’s Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee has already rejected the RfR, saying it doesn’t meet the timing requirements for an emergency request. It will consider it as a regular request in due course, it said.

As expected, ICANN also seems to have fixed the bug I spotted last week that allowed hybrid attendees to register without signing the waiver.

The post ICANN’s Covid-19 waiver formally appealed first appeared on Domain Incite.

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