Wolfgang Kleinwaechter is a Professor for International Communication Policy. Since 1998 he works at the Department for Media and Information Sciences of the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Before that he had appointments at the Institute for international Studies of the University of Leipzig/Germany (until 1991), the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Tampere/Finland (1992) and the School of International Services at the American University in Washington, D.C. (1993/1994). Between 1994 and 1998 he was the coordinator of the regional Information Society Initiative of the Free State of Saxony in Germany and the Chairman of the Management Board of the Inter-Regional Information Society Initiative (IRISI) of the European Commission in Brussles. He has a B.A. in Communication Sciences (1971), a M.A in International Law (1974) and a Ph.D. in International Relations (1981) from the University of Leipzig/Germany.
From 1988-1998 he was the President of the Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and serves since 2000 in the IAMCR International Council. He is the member of a number of Advisory Boards and Programme Committees, including "Gazette" and "INET 2002". He is also a Corresponding Member of the German UNESCO-Commission
He was involved in a number of research projects of the European Commission like ETHOS, IRISI and TELECITIES. He has made also some consultative work for public institutions and private sector corporations, including the City Council of Leipzig, the Economic Ministry of the Saxonian Government, the Bertelsmann AG, RTL TV, Astra SES and the World Teleport Association on various issues of communication policy, broadcasting and internet development.
His academic research is concentrated on political and legal issues of transborder flow of communication. He is involved in the development of policies for the Internet Domain Name System since the middle of the 1990s. He has participated as an independent observer in all ICANN Board Meetings since Singapur (March 1999). He was a member of ICANN´s "Membership Information Task Force" (MITF) and became a co-founder of the "Civil Society Internet Forum" (CSIF) in Yokohama (July 2000) and the "Interim Coordinating Committee" (ICC) in Marina del Rey (November 2000), which organized the so-called "ALM-Dialogue with ALM-Directors" during the ICANN Meetings in Melbourne (March 2001), Stockholm (June 2001), Montevideo (September 2001) and Marina del Rey (November 2001).
He is also the initiator of the ICANN-Studienkreis, an open platform of Internet activists from Policy, Economy, Academia and the Media in the Germany, Austria and Switzerland where is organizing the annual conferences (Leipzig 2000, Zuerich 2001, Salzburg 2002). He just finished a book on Self-Regulation of the Internet and ICANN which will be published later this year in the Beck-Verlag in Germany.
His recent publications include
- Global Governance in the Information Age, Center for Internet Research, University of Aarhus, 2001, p. 1 - 46
- The Silent Subversive: ICANN and the new Global Governance, in "info: the journal of policy, regulation and strategy for communications, information and media", Vol. 3, No. 4, August 2001, p. 259 -278
- ICANN between technical mandate and political challenges, in: Telecommunications Policy, No. 24, 2000, p. 553 - 563
- ICANN as the "United Nations" of the Global Information Society?: The Long Road Towards the Self-Regulation of the Internet, in: Gazette, Vol. 62, No. 6, p. 451 - 476
- ICANN: Blaupause fuer ein neues Politikmodell? Multimedia und Recht, Beck Verlag Munich, Vol. 3, No. 9, p. 513 ff.
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