[Apnic-announce] Important WSIS event: The Internet - How it works, Why

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  • Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 00:34:03 +1000
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      Dear all,
      The following event is being held in Geneva during the WSIS Conference next
      week, organised by ISOC and including representatives of ICANN and the
      Regional Internet Registries.
      The intention is to provide an opportunity for conference delegates to learn
      more about the current system of Internet administrative coordination,
      sometimes known as "Internet governance", which is under rather intense
      discussion within the WSIS process.
      I would appreciate your help in publicising this event to all interested
      persons who may be attending WSIS.
      Thanks and best regards,
      Paul Wilson
      The Internet - How it works, Why it works, Who makes it work
      Tuesday, December 9th at 9:30 to 12:30
      Saleve room, Geneva Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland
      The Internet is now over 30 years old. The multiple facets of the Internet
      have evolved through the participation of all stakeholders - the technical
      community, business community, civil society, governments, academia, to
      mention just a few. This workshop explains how the Internet functions, and
      how it has evolved successfully with the participation of all stakeholders.
      The Internet's success is due to the unique nature in which it develops -
      through international, transparent, inclusive processes, with no restriction
      on the ability to participate. With no barriers to participation, there is
      also full accountability to the community.
      It is important in discussing "Internet Governance" to have a full
      understanding of how many things can fall under the term, such as fraud,
      trademark and copyright violations, spam, digital signatures, content
      control, and so on. No facet of the Internet can work in isolation,
      technology impacts policy, and policy can impact technology. It is also
      important to understand that there are many entities involved in any aspect
      of the Internet, and the workshop will show the roles played by such
      organizations as ICANN and the role of ccTLDs, gTLDs, RIRs in relation to
      the do main name system, the work of the technical community such as the
      IETF, and the important work of organizations such as ISOC. The workshop
      will also explain how all interested parties, including governments, can and
      do participate in some of these organizations, and how decisions are
      All members of the Internet community with an interest in Internet
      Governance issues are invited to attend this workshop.
      09:30 - 09:40  Introduction
      09:40 - 10:10  Internet standards - IETF and ISOC
                     Speaker: Ms. Lynn St.Amour, President and CEO, Internet
      10:10 - 10:40  ICANN current process and evolution
                     Speaker: Dr. Paul Twomey, President and CEO, ICANN
      10:40 - 10:10  The Regional Internet Registry System
                     Speaker: Mr. Raul Echeberria, Executive Director and CEO,
      11:10 - 12:30  Panel Discussion
      Paul Wilson, Director-General, APNIC                      <dg at apnic dot net>
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