Conference Programme

18th Meeting of the ICANN Studienkreis

30–31 August 2018, Tallin, Estonia

Hilton Tallinn Park
Preliminary Draft Program

Our sponsors in 2018:
Afilias Global Registry Services
Tucows Inc.
VeriSign Authentication Services


Donuts Inc.
eco Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft e. V.


Thursday, 30 August 2018


12.30 – 13.30 Registration & welcome coffee


13.00 – 13.35 Welcome & opening

Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Chair & Founder, ICANN Studienkreis

13.35 – 14.10 Internet in Estonia – Policy, community & domain name market

Siim Sikkut, Government CIO of Estonia
Taimar Peterkop, Director-General of the Information System Authority (RIA)
Heiki Sibul, ccTLD Manager .ee

14.00 – 15.30 20 years of ICANN

Key Note 1: Looking backwards – The making of a community

Roberto Gaetano, Chair PIR Board, former Vice-Chair ICANN Board

Key note 2: Looking forward – The shaping of a community

Göran Marby, CEO & President of ICANN

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee


16.00 – 18.00 Session 1: ICANNs new role in the global Internet governance ecosystem

Moderation: William Drake, University of Zurich
Lynn St. Amour, Chair of the MAG, IGF
Tarek Kamel, ICANN, Senior Adviser to the President
Leonid Todorov, APTLD
Fiona Alexander, US Department of Commerce
Michael Johnson, ITU (TBC)
Peixi XU Associate Professor, Director of Global Internet Governance Project Communication University of China

18.30 – 23.00 Cultural Dinner


Friday, 31 August 2018


9.00 – 9.15 Key note 3: ICANN: Issues, problems, solutions

Cherine Chalaby, Chair of the ICANN Board

9.15 – 10.30 Session 2: Next Generation TLDs – Lessons learned

Moderation: Michael Heller, Lawyer at SHSG, Düsseldorf
Graeme Bunton, Tucows (TBC)
Jon Nevett, Donuts
Katrin Ohlmer, Dotzon
Philipp Grabensee, Afilias
Jim Prendergast, The Galway Strategy Group
Pat Kane, Verisign

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee


11.00 – 12.30 Session 3: Next Generation WHOIS – The GDPR challenge

Moderation: Thomas Rickert, Association of the Internet Industry (eco)
Dirk Krischenowski, DotBerlin
Tapani Tarvainen, EFF Finland, Noncommercial User Constituency
Konstantinos Komaitis, ISOC
Keith Drazek, Verisign
Jörg Schweiger, DENIC
Cathrin Bauer-Bulst, European Commission (TBC)

12.30 – 13.30 Business lunch

sponsored by ICANN

13.30 – 13.45 Key note 4: Empowered community and multi stakeholder approach

Larry Strickling, Executive Director, Collaborative Governance Project, Internet Society, former Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator of NTIA (TBC)

13.45 – 16.00 Session 4: The Future of root governance – Unified or federated?

Moderation: Avri Doria, ICANN Board
Maarten Bottermann, ICANN Board
Pedro Veiga, University of Lisbon (TBC)
Kuo-Wei Wu, Board member of ChungHwa Telecom, former ICANN Board Member
Lars-Johan Liman, Netnod
Lise Fuhr, ETNO
Chris Buckridge, RIPE NCC (TBC)
Edmond Chung, Dot Asia (TBC)

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee


16.30 – 16.45 Key note 5: Cybersecurity and Internet governance

Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace, former Estonian Foreign Minister

16.45 – 18.00 Session 5: ICANN, stability in cyberspace & Internet governance 2020

Moderation: Yrjö Länsipuro, ISOC Finland
Thomas Fitschen, Cyber Coordinator, German Foreign Office
Alexander Klimburg, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
Nigel Hickson, ICANN Government Engagement
Toralf Coral, CCDCOE, NATO Cyber Defence Center, Tallinn (TBC)
Tatiana Tropina, Max Planck Institute, GNSO Council
Jan Neutze, Microsoft (TBC)

As of 19 July 2018