According to a new announcement starting with the June ICANN meeting ICANN is eliminating the Board meeting typically held on the last day of the conference, Friday which includes committee reports and the public Board meeting.

In some past conference the Friday Board meeting have been kind of exciting with voting on .XXX and the new gTLD program hanging in the air.

But at the last ICANN conference in San Jose the Friday Board meeting was completely uneventful.

I guess this means is that the ICANN conference will now close on Thursday rather than Friday

Here is the announcement:

“In our ongoing efforts to improve the ICANNMeeting experience for all participants, we are implementing some changes for the June meeting in Prague.The Friday morning program, which in the past has comprised AC/SO committee reports, Board committee reports, and the public Board meeting, has been removed.

AC/SO committee reports and Board committee reports will now be published for review on the ICANN website.

The public Board meeting has been replaced with a one-hour session following the Public Forum on Thursday afternoon. In this session the Board will outline what they have heard during the week from their meetings with AC/SOs and their constituent parts and will identify those matters they expect to be dealing with between the Prague and Toronto Meetings.

The close of this session (expected to be around 18:00) will mark the official end of the ICANN meeting and will be immediately followed by a two-hour farewell reception for all ICANN Meeting participants.

It is intended that at the beginning of the Toronto meeting there will be a Board community session where the Board will report to the community on what they have dealt with since Prague.

We believe that the removal of the Friday public Board meeting and its replacement with two Board community sessions will improve the effectiveness of both the Board and the staff and increase the time that the Board has to interact with the community.

We hope you find these changes also make more effective use of your time and enhance the overall ICANN Meeting experience. The Public Participation Committee will hold a public session in Toronto to discuss and review them.”