Saturday, March 03, 2007

I've been to Bali too

Well not quite like the Red Gum song, but somewhat close.

I had to organise somewhat of a last minute dash to Bali. After much discussion (over a considerable length of time), there was light at the end of the tunnel with the establishment of APRALO Asia Pacific Regional At Large Organisation, part of ICANN's At Large Advisory Committee. We hoped to sign off on the MOU and Operating Principles and finally get moving with the real work.

There was an impressive turnout with 12 out of 13 ALS' present. After day-long deliberations, we did reach consensus on the MOU and Operating Principles with some 10 of the present ALS' provisionally signing off on the documents, with the others needing to refer back to their Organisations. Progress at last!

We also decided on a timeframe for election of APRALO officers and ALAC Reps, and should finalise this by mid-March or so.

I also managed to (in the limited time I had) attend some of the APRICOT 2007 proceedings. David Meyer's Telecommunications Perfect Storm is worth a look. Vijay Gill's (Google) talk during the APOPS Plenary on How an ISP might attain Tier-1 status was interesting as well, I don't have a link to his presentation though.

We also managed to pull together an ISOC Chapters meeting, which was fruitful. In attendance were Australia, Hong Kong, Japan (who I learned were the first ISOC Chapter to be formed), Pacific Islands and Taiwan. It was good to meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

No comments: