Saturday, February 19, 2005

ICANN: Conference in Warsaw Poland

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The upcoming ICANN meeting in Mar del Plata is about six weeks away -- and still we have no idea what the meeting will be about. There are no topics posted, there has been no "Call for Papers", there is nothing on the meeting's website which offers any clue to non-industry participants as to why they should spend lots of their own personal funds to attend this event.

Contrast this scenario with the conference being offered by the "OTHER ICANN". What? You never heard of the other ICANN? I am, of course, referring to the International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN) being held six months from now in Warsaw Poland. We already know the full roster of speakers at that conference, we know about the special sessions which are organized by experts in their respective fields and consist of discussion pertaining to at least 5 papers solicited by the session organizer and submitted to the conference, and we already know about all the scheduled workshops.

It's amazing that so much detail can be provided about a conference being held in half a year's time while a conference that is just six weeks away is totally bereft of details. The "other ICANN" obviously cares about properly informing its prospective participants in a timely fashion.

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