Tuesday, 23 June 2009

ICANN do down under

MPs haven't had a good press of late, but some of them seem to be working too hard to spend their generous allowances.

Alun Michael, the workaholic former cabinet Minister and First Secretary, spent the weekend in Australia, leaving the UK last Thursday, returning Monday at 7am.

Those hoping for some paparrazi photos of the Cardiff South and Penarth MP sunning himself poolside in Sydney will be disappointed.

Mr Michael, who played a key role in the setting up of the UK Internet Governmance Forum, was a guest speaker at the 35th meeting of the jazzily-titled Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

As chair of the judging panel for the UK Internet Best Practice Challenge (a fun job, but someone's got to do it), he was guest speaker at the launch of the "2009 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Award".

Perhaps next time they could hold the conference and launch online and save on the jetlag.

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