I travelled with Rod Beckstrom to Beijing on 2-3 March for talks with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Industry leaders and CNNIC, the China Internet information Network. Apart from a brief visit to Europe at end 2009 this was Rod’s first major bilateral visit since he was appointed President and CEO. A quite deliberate choice in recognition of ICANN’s strengthening ties with China since her return to the GAC last year.
During the visit Rod attended a NomComm outreach event designed to encourage greater participation. See pictures below. Organised by the charming and effective Professor Xue Hong, Director of the Institute for Internet policy at Beijing Normal University and in the presence of Madam Qiheng Hu, President of the Internet Society of China. The event was very kindly sponsored by CNNIC, whose Director General, Dr. Wei Mao, also made a very positive contribution to our efforts to encourage greater Chinese participation in our multi-stakeholder model.
The event was both interesting and fun, bringing together a good cross section of the Internet ecosphere in China. Moreover Prof. Hong tells me she has, in her roll of NomComm coordinator, already received several indications of interest from potential volunteers.
(For those who haven’t come across him, Nick is International Relations Adviser to Rod in his role as President and CEO).