Previous meeting 2014

14th Meeting of the ICANN-Studienkreis

28–29 August 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan

Our sponsors in 2014:
Afilias Global Registry Services
VeriSign Authentication Services
Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries
InterNetX GmbH
eco Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft e. V.
Tucows Inc.
Your Public Interest Registry
EURid - manages the .eu top-level Internet domain
united domains

Thursday, 28 August, 2014


13.00 – 13.30 Registration & welcome coffee


13.30 – 15.00 Internet in Bulgaria – Policy, legislation and market perspectives

Welcome & moderation: Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus
Opening: N. N. Deputy Minister of the Bulgarian government
Presentation: Hristo Hristov, e-Governance Directorate, Activities by the government: IGF, NetMundial, ICANN



George Dimitrov, Law firm Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.
Dragomir Slavov,, The management of Bulgarian ccTLDs
Iliya Bazlyankov, CORE, The big potential of the new Cyrillic domains .САЙТ (.site) and .ОНЛАЙН (online)
Lyubomir Rusanov, on the Internet market in Bulgaria


15.00 – 15.30 Coffee


15.30 – 15.45 The Internet 2014

Annual key note speech by David W. Maher, Senior Vice President, Law & Policy, Public Interest Registry (PIR)


15.45 – 17.30 IGF, ITU Plenipot, WSIS 10+: Internet diplomacy after the Brazil Internet summit

Moderation: Yrjö Länsipuro, ISOC Finland
Input from:
Richard Hill, AGIP Geneva
Thomas Schneider, OFCOM Switzerland, GAC member
Werner Staub, CORE


20.00 – 23.00 Bulgarian Cultural Dinner

courtesy by UNICART Bulgaria and by invitation only


Friday, 29 August, 2014


9.00 – 10.30 IANA transition and ICANN´s accountability: How to move to the next level?

Moderation: Avri Doria; Independent Researcher
Input from:
Fiona Alexander, NTIA
Chris Buckridge, RIPE NCC
Pat Kane, VeriSign
Stefano Trumpy, GAC Italy


10.30 – 11.00 Coffee


11.00 – 12.30 1000 new flowers in the gTLD Garden: How to water it and what next?

Moderation: Michael Heller, SHSG
Input from:
Keith Drazek, VeriSign
Markus Eggensperger, United Domains
Marco Hoffmann, InterNetX


12.30 – 13.30 Business Lunch


13.30 – 14.00 Security vs. privacy

Moderation: Stephane Van Gelder
Input from:
Roberto Gaetano, Public Interest Registry and former ICANN Director
Lee Hibbard, Council of Europe
Erika Mann, Facebook and ICANN Director
Michele Neylon, Blacknight

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee


15.00 – 15.30 The Net Mundial Alliance: A new season in Internet governance?

Key Note Speech: Fadi Chehadé, ICANN´s CEO and President

15.30 – 17.00 Discussion

Moderation: Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus
Input from:
Sébastien Bachollet, ICANN Director
Philipp Grabensee, Afilias
Alan Marcus, World Economic Forum, Davos (tbc)
Veni Markowski, ICANN staff

Status: 26. August, 2014