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Internet Governance and ICANN: Emerging Policy Issues

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June 18th Brussels Conference Hosted by TPI and CEPS

Contact: Amy Smorodin, TPI
+1 202 828 4405
Christopher Napoli, CEPS
+32 2 229 39 86

June 1, 2010 – The Technology Policy Institute and the Centre for European Policy Studies are co-hosting “Internet Governance and ICANN: Emerging Policy Issues,” an event scheduled for June 18th at CEPS in Brussels. The conference will feature discussion on issues stemming from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) newly established operating structure under the Affirmation of Commitments. Topics will include ICANN accountability under the AoC, the role of the Internet Governance Forum and other international organizations, freedom of expression issues, and economic issues associated with the domain name system.

Participants in the event will include academics and other experts on ICANN policy issues:

R. Shawn Gunnarson is an attorney at Kirton & McConkie and specializes in information technology and telecommunications issues. He is the author of an upcoming paper on accountability and transparency issues concerning ICANN.

Thomas Lenard is President and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. Lenard is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on telecommunications, electricity, antitrust, privacy, e-commerce and other regulatory issues. He is co-author of the paper “ICANN at a Crossroads: A Proposal for Better Governance and Performance” with New York University Professor Lawrence White.

Milton L. Mueller is a Professor at School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, and a XS4All Professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is is the author of various books and articles on Internet governance issues, including, “Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace,” and “Disrupting Global Governance: The Internet Whois Service, ICANN and Privacy.”

Andrea Renda a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), and currently manages the CEPS Regulatory Affairs Programme. Renda is also the Rapporteur of the CEPS Task Forces on Electronic Communications, as well as the CEPS Task Forces on innovation policy, competition policy and critical infrastructure protection, and is the author of numerous papers on communications and competition issues.

Lawrence J. White, Arthur E. Imperatore Professor of Economics, at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, is a recognized expert on antitrust and competition issues in network industries. He is also the co-author of the paper “ICANN at a Crossroads: A Proposal for Better Governance and Performance” with TPI President Thomas Lenard.

To register for the event, scheduled for 10.00 to 13.00 at CEPS, 1 Place du Congres, Brussels, please visit www.ceps.eu or contact Christopher Napoli at Christopher.Napoli@ceps.eu.

The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at http://www.techpolicyinstitute.org/

The Centre for European Policy Studies

Founded in Brussels in 1983, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today. CEPS serves as a leading forum for debate on EU affairs, but its most distinguishing feature lies in its strong in-house research capacity, complemented by an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world. More information is available at http://www.ceps.eu/