Previous meeting 2008

9th Meeting of the ICANN Studienkreis

4–5 September 2008, Helsinki

Hotel “Palace”

Internet Governance & Domain Names:
Broader Cyberspace, Mobile Internet and New Market Opportunities



Thursday, 4 September 2008


15.30 – 16.45: Registration & Welcome Coffee


16.45 – 17.15: Opening

Moderation: Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus



Information Society & Internet Policy in Finland

Jyrki Kasvi, Member of Finish Parliament, Committee of the Future, Helsinki


The Management of the .fi Top Level Domain

Juhani Juselius, Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, ccTLD Manager for .fi, Helsinki


The Domain Name Market in Finland

Lauri Kasti, Planeetta Internet, Helsinki


17.30 – 19.30: The Future of Internet Governance: Towards an Enhanced Institutional Arrangement?

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), one of the main outcomes of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), will have its 3rd meeting in Hyderabad/India in December 2008. The IGF is developing into an innovative new global multistakeholder policy development platform for Internet Governance. But also other institutions are moving forward. ICANNs “Joint Project Agreement” (JPA) terminates in October 2009. OECD has added after its Ministerial Meeting in Seoul (June 2008) Internet Governance to its list of high priorities. ITU will have its World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) on convergence and internet in March 2009. The panel will discuss the various options for future institutional arrangements on Internet Governance. It will also discuss how the IGF can be more efficiently linked to the broader challenge of sustainable development and the Millenium Development Goals (MDG).


Moderation: Bertrand de la Chapelle, Envoy for the Information Society of the French Foreign Ministry, Paris


Markus Kummer, Executive Secretary of the IGF, Geneva
Martin Boyle, NOMINET, Oxford
Peter van Roste, General Manager, CENTR, Brussels
Theresa Swinehart, Vice President, ICANN, Marina del Rey
Jan Malinowski, Council of Europe, Strassbourg
Wolf Ludwig, Chair of the EURALO Board, Neuchatel


Comments: Jonne Soininen, Head of Internet Affairs, Nokia Siemens Networks, Espoo


20.00: Finish Cultural Dinner

(by invitation only)



Friday, 5 September 2008


9.00 – 11.00: Broadening Cyberspace: How many new Top Level Domains (TLDs) do we really need?

The process of introduction of new TLDs is moving forward. Now we have nearly 300 TLDs. In June 2008, during its recent meeting in Paris, ICANN opened the door for the introduction of hundreds of new TLDs. New TLDs bring new opportunities for Internet users and providers to develop new services. However, there bring also new challenges for existing registries, registrars and ISPs. The session will discuss also the procedures for the introduction of new TLDs and the proposed system for conflict resolution as well as consequences for the primary and secondary domain name market.


Introduction: Avri Doria, Lulea Technology University, GNSO Council Chair


Moderation: Michael Heller, SHSG Düsseldorf


Giovanni Seppia. EURID, Brussels
Pat Kane, VeriSign, Mountain View
Matthieu Credou, Association .bzh, Bretagne (TBC)
Matthias Meyer-Schönherr, SEDO, Cologne
Markus Eggensperger, united-domains AG, Starnberg
Ismo Rantala,, Helsinki


Comments: Stefano Trumpy, GAC Italy, ITT Pisa


11.00 – 11.30 Coffee


11.30 – 13.00: Internationalized Top Level Domains: The case of Russia

Russia is at the eve of a new phase of Internet development. It is among the group of countries which have pushed for the introduction of iDNs at the top level (iDN.iDN) and is part of ICANN Fast Track for iDNs in ccTLDs. Plans are moving forward to introduce a ccTLD for the Russian Federation in cyrillc characters. The panel will include leading Internet experts from Russia which will discuss Internet market developments in Russia and the perspectives of a Cyrillic TLD.


Moderation: Anton Troianovski, The Wall Street Journal


Vladimir Vasilyev, Ministry for Information Technologies and Communications, Moscow (TBC)
Maria Mokina, Coordination Center for TLD RU, Moscow (TBC)
Ivan Zassurski, Lomonossow University Moscow, Faculty of Journalism
Michael Yakushew, Microsoft Russia, Moscow
Andrei Mikheyev, Moscow Institute for International Relations
Yuri Hohlov, Institute of the Information Society, Moscow (TBC)


Comments: Ram Mohan, Afilias Ltd., Vancouver


13.00 – 14.30: Lunch


14.30 – 15.30: Y2011: How to organize a safe transition from IPv4 to IPv6?

How long we will have enough IPv4 addresses? Are we prepared for a transition to IPv6? What should and could be the political and economic incentives to move forward? Is there a risk to split the Internet into two address spaces? Do we have time until the year 2011? The panel will discuss the consequences from various stakeholder perspectives.


Moderation: Hans-Peter Dittler, ISOC Germany, BrainTec, Karlsruhe


Latif Latid, IPv6 Consortium, Luxembourg
N.N., RIPE, Amsterdam
Christoph Meinel, Hasso Plattner Institute, Director, Potsdam


Comments: Lutz Donnerhacke, eco, Association of German Internet Enterprises, Cologne


15.30 – 16.00 Coffee


16.00 – 18.00: Looking into the Crystal Ball: Ubiquous Mobility, RFID and the Internet of Things

With 1.4 billion internet users worldwide, the growth rate of the Domain Name Market is further expanding. The convergence between internet and mobile phone services opens doors for innovation and creative applications. Unexpected market niches emerge, new services are developed. After years of discussion, the new generation networks are becoming a reality, linking more and more mobile devices and innovative services to the internet. Web 2.0, user generated content, RFID, Internet of things, ONS etc. are the catchwords of the future. How the internet will look like in the year 2010 and beyond? This session discusses and “speculates” about the next waves.


Moderation: Yrjö Lansipuro, Finnish Foreign Ministry, Ambassador, Helsinki


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


Daniel Kofman, Paris Tech, EURO-Network of the Future
Bernard Benhamou, French Ministry of Higher Research, Paris
Pat Kane, VeriSign, Global Public Policy and Government Relations, Mountain View
Elmar Knipp, Knipp Kommunikation, Chair of the Board, DENIC, Frankfurt
Phlipp Grabensee, Afilias Ltd., Chair of the Board, Düsseldorf


Comments: Jean Jacques Subrenat, ICANN Director, Paris


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