ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé announced today that the organization will open its first new global engagement office in Beijing. “Engagement with China is not merely an option, we simply must engage at every level or we will lose our legitimacy,” said Chehadé. “This is part of our effort to embrace the world.”
The ICANN leader made the announcement during the welcoming session at ICANN’s 46th public meeting in Beijing – the largest meeting in the 15-year history of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. So far more than 2,100 people have so far show up for the Beijing meeting.
“We’ve never seen anything like it,” said Nick Tomasso, ICANN’s Senior Director of Meetings. “Last year 1,821 showed up for our meeting in Prague in the Czech Republic which, until now, was our largest meeting. That record has now been broken and people are still arriving.”
The announcement of ICANN’s expanding presence in China was heralded by Chinese Internet leaders.