Re: [Mtgvenue] some developments in U.S. border phone searches: good news (fwd) Victoria at OpenMedia: U.S. border phone searches: good news

Michael Richardson <mcr+ietf@sandelman.ca> Mon, 18 November 2019 23:01 UTC

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> hehehe… news from Facebook… that needed a fact check ;-)

Olaf, thank you for looking up the actual numbers, and I'm sorry that I said
ISOC when I clearly knew it was ICANN.  ISOC should be pleased that my
fingers auto-completes ISOC :-)

If there are other Canadians who wish to co-sign a letter, I will be working
on this in December, with a plan to insist on a meeting with my MP.

> There is an ICANN funding program (ATLASIII), I have asked around a bit and got these statistics:
>
>  *   60 funded ATLAS III participants were expected.
>  *   13 got their visas rejected as of 1 October 2019.
>  *   8 of them withdrew (i.e., chose not to re-apply).
>  *   Of those who re-applied, 2 got rejected again.

This article was posted today:
  https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-50426774

 For the second year in a row, Canada has refused visas to dozens of
 researchers - most of them from Africa - who were hoping to attend an
 artificial intelligence (AI) conference in Vancouver. The hassles have caused
 at least one other AI conference to choose a different country for their next
 event. 

 What happened?
 The Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NeurIPS), which brings
 together thousands of experts and researchers from all over the world, will
 be held in Vancouver next month. 

 Last week, NeurIPS began hearing that several attendees had had their visas
 denied.

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