Previous meeting 2012

12th Meeting of the ICANN-Studienkreis

23–24 August 2012, Oslo

Litteraturhuset & Thon Opera Hotel


Thursday, 23 August 2012, Litteraturhuset


12.30 – 13.00 Registration & Welcome Coffee


13.00 – 14.10 Welcome Session I:

Internet in Norway – Policy, Legislation and Market Perspectives

Norway is seen as one of the leading Internet countries in the world. As an early starter in the Internet economy the Internet penetration is now around 95 %. More than 50 % of Norwegians now have broadband access. The session will give an overview about Norway’s national Internet policies and regulations, about market developments and NORID’s management of the .no ccTLD.


Welcome & Moderation: Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus


Opening: Ørnulf Storm, Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority



The legal environment for the Internet in Norway

Lee Bygrave, Law Faculty of the University of Oslo


Management of the .no Domain

Hilde Thunem, NORID


14.10 – 14.40 Internet Governance & Freedom – Challenges of the 2010s

Key Note Speech: Tarek Kamel, Senior Adviser to ICANNs President & CEO, former Chair of ISOC Egypt and former Egyptian Minister of Communication


14.40 – 15.15 Coffee


15.15 – 17.30 Session II: Do we need a new Internet Diplomacy?

Towards a Global Framework of Commitments on Internet Governance Principles

The year 2011 saw numerous initiatives to specify more in detail the political and legal environment of the Internet on the global level. The G 8 leaders agreed on six universal principles for the Internet in their Deauville Declaration (May 2011). US President Obama, the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and the Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt proposed similar principles. The OECD and the Council of Europe adopted documents with more specific Internet Governance Principles. India proposed in the UN General Assembly to establish a new UN Council on Internet Related Policies (CIRP). The Shanghai Group (Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan) introduced an Internet “Code of Conduct” in the 1st committee of the UN General Assembly. And the 3rd UNGA Committee discusses Human Rights and the Internet. During the 6th IGF in Nairobi, all proposals were discussed. The question is now how to bring this into a mainstream. Would it make sense to think towards a multi-stakeholder “Framework of Commitments” where not only governments, but also the non-governmental stakeholders, commit themselves to a free, open and secure Internet? The sessions will discuss those options and look towards the forthcoming discussion within the 67th UN General Assembly (New York, October 2012), the 7th Internet Governance Forum (Baku, November 2012) and the ITU WCIT (Dubai, December 2012).


Moderation: William J. Drake, University of Zurich


Peter Major, Chair of the UNCSTD WG on IGF Improvement
Thomas Schneider, Swiss Federal Office of Communication (OFCOM)
Markus Kummer, Internet Society
Chris Disspain, Auda, ICANN Director
Michael Niebel, European Commission
Rajesh Chharia, President Internet Service Providers Association India


18.15 Departure to the Norwegian Cultural Dinner

courtesy by .no (by invitation only)



Friday, 24 August 2012, Thon Opera Hotel


9.00 – 12.30 Session III:

The First Pool is Full – The Long Walk towards new gTLDs has started

In June 2012 ICANN published the list of 1930 applications for new gTLDs. After the Prague meeting we have entered now the real process. The digital archery has been suspended but it is still unclear how ICANN will proceed to manage the whole pool of applications at once. What will be the next steps? How early warning and objection will work? What about auctions? How stable and secure are the safeguards in the Application Guidebook? How will the market evolve? What will governments do? And when the first new gTLD will be online?


Olof Nordling, Director, Services Relations and Branch Manager, Brussels Office at ICANN will give an overview of the latest developments und next steps.


The session is split into five parts (30 minutes each), co-moderated by: Avri Doria, dotgay LLC & Michael Heller, SHSG Düsseldorf


1. Discussion with incumbents about the consequences for their business
2. Discussion with applicants about their plans and perspectives
3. Discussion with evaluators about expected objections and conflicts
4. Discussion with market players about new business opportunities
5. Discussion with governments about public policy implications


Invited Speakers will include: (inter alia)
Stephane van Gelder, INDOM Group NBT, Chair GNSO Council
Keith Drazek, VeriSign
Markus Eggensperger, United Domains
Martin Boyle, Nominet
Andrej Kolesnikow, .ru Coordination Center
Elmar Knipp, Knipp Medien & Kommunikation GmbH
Thomas Rickert, German association of the Internet economy (eco)
Alexander Schwertner, EPAG Domainservices
Dirk Krischenowski, dot Berlin
Milton Mueller, University of Syracuse
Stefano Trumpy, GAC Member Italy


Comments (15 min): Philipp Grabensee, Afilias


12.30 – 13.30 Business Lunch


13.30 – 14.00 The Internet 2012

Annual Key Note Speech: David W. Maher, Senior Vice President, Law & Policy, Public Interest Registry (PIR), Chicago


14.00 – 15.00 The new IANA Contract – Any News?

Vernita D. Harris, US Department of Commerce, Washington, interviewed by Avri Doria, dotgay LLC and former Chair of the GNSO Council


15.00 – 15.30 Coffee


15.30 – 17.00 Next Generation Networks – Where we are in the Year 2020?

Regardless of the financial and economic crises: The Internet is further growing fast. It has now 2.5 billion users worldwide. With more and more mobile devices connected to the Internet, the perspective of Cloud Computing and the ”Internet of Things“ the question is whether we will see a further evolutionary development of an open, free and global Internet, or whether we reach a moment, where the Internet becomes more and more fragmented, closed, censured and encapsulated in wallet gardens and social networks?


Introduction & Moderation: Chris Marsden, University of Sussex


Michael Froomkin, University of Miami, School of Law
Thomas Myrup Kristensen, Facebook Nordic
Jovan Kurbalija, DiploFoundation
Tim Maurer, Center for Strategic and International Studies Washington
Rolf H. Weber, University of Zurich
Nigel Hickson, ICANNs Vice President for Europe
Jimmy Schulz, Member of the German Parliament


Final Comments & Conclusions: Bertrand de la Chapelle, French Academy of Diplomacy, ICANN Director


Status: August 21, 2012


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