InternetNZ executive director Keith Davidson sounded pressured last week when asked about progress with arrangements for the ICANN conference next month. “It’s very taxing,” he admits. “A lot to do and not enough time to do it in”.
There is no aspect of the job that is proving particularly troublesome, he says; it’s just a matter of time pressure and co-ordination overall.
The ICANN conference, the first to be held in New Zealand, would be an onerous enough task if it were on its own, but the NZ Network Operators Group (NZNOG) has decided to bring its conference down to Wellington, so some of the local internet specialists and enthusiasts, as well as the overseas visitors, will be able to attend both.
There are currently about 700 overseas delegates coming to Wellington for the ICANN conference, scheduled for March 25-31, as well as a large number of Kiwis. The NZNOG event runs from March 22 to 24.
On top of these, a Pacific Islands Communications Forum, to be attended by the communications ministers of 16 island nations, will have sessions incorporated in the ICANN timetable.
One of the difficulties Davidson says, is that everyone wants a share of the time of important visitors such as Vint Cerf. “It’s going to be hard to slice them thinly enough.”