[discuss] Interesting article

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Wed Jan 15 13:48:27 UTC 2014

This study was one of ICANN CEO Twomey's Presidential "strategy panels". Is there a link to that report? 

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In message <CEFB34AC.59B6E%nigel.hickson at icann.org>, at 18:02:16 on Tue,
14 Jan 2014, Nigel Hickson <nigel.hickson at icann.org> writes
>Will secure factual advice on the legal status of ICANN offices outside 
>of US.  In Brussels, for example, staff are on Belgium contracts

iirc About 5-6 years ago ICANN did a study (which must have been public otherwise I wouldn't have heard about it) of where it might place an overseas HQ, if not in the USA.

They looked at various criteria including the "employee friendliness" of local labour and tax laws, and the tax and legal provisions for a not-for-profit corporation.

As well as things like good local provision of healthcare, schooling and housing, being "Visa friendly" for the mobility of staff and visitors, good international transport connections, and having a "safe and secure" 

As far as I know the shortlist they came up with was: Brussels, Geneva and London, with maybe Amsterdam as a runner-up; but soon afterwards the whole thing was quietly dropped.

{This was a separate exercise from the existing Brussels satellite office}
Roland Perry

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