[EXTERNAL] IUC 45 remote attendance options required

Andrew Glass Andrew.Glass at microsoft.com
Thu Sep 16 13:25:57 CDT 2021

I'm in a similar situation. I have approval from my organization to register for the conference (which I have done). But I don't have approval to travel. Microsoft has postponed their back-to-the-office date once again, and travel budget is not available to most teams.

So I'm hoping there will be some option for remote participation.

Thank you,

From: Unicode <unicode-bounces at corp.unicode.org> on behalf of Dominik Röttsches via Unicode <unicode at corp.unicode.org>
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] IUC 45 remote attendance options required

Dear Unicode Consortium IUC organizers, dear Mike and Carol,

I would like to inquire what measures are taken for international attendees and speakers to participate in IUC 45 if they are not able to travel to Santa Clara.

Schengen area (≈ European) residents and residents from a list of other countries (at least: China, UK, India, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, Iran) are still not allowed entry into the US - as per US policy<https://nam06.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftravel.state.gov%2Fcontent%2Ftravel%2Fen%2Fus-visas%2Fvisa-information-resources%2Fcovid-19-travel-restrictions-and-exceptions.html&data=04%7C01%7CAndrew.Glass%40microsoft.com%7C36ed7a13b0264be4f1c208d9791e60d7%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C0%7C0%7C637673993686165265%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=x0%2Bj1Imi1P6krjjllni%2FaiUUBSeHmCAux3SzW4qh0u8%3D&reserved=0>. This means, conference participants restricted by these travel policies are unfairly left out if there is no option to contribute to and attend the conference in some form of hybrid conference way.

Please let me know how you plan to address this in a way that prevents remote attendees from being at a disadvantage.

Thank you in advance,

Dominik Röttsches
Speaker for Session 10, Vector Color Fonts
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