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Monday, January 25 • 3:50pm - 4:50pm
High Noon for the IANA Transition

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As the Internet becomes more visible and important, governments and international organizations have become increasingly concerned about how, and by whom, it is administered. The US government, which currently exercises some control over these functions through its contract with ICANN to administer the IANA function, has stated its intent to release its control provided that the ICANN's multistakeholder community is mature enough for effective private sector-led self-government, but this transition has seen a number of delays. The United Nations, both directly and through the ITU, has expressed views that the Internet should be administered through international organizations. Countries have expressed a variety of opinions, generally reflecting their attitudes toward the management of information generally. Internet governance has become highly politicized, with the control of the critical identifiers, i.e. IP addresses and domain names, at the focus of attention and dispute. Stakeholders are waiting to see if the IANA transition succeeds, and some are ready to seize the moment to push significantly different administrative regimes once it does. This drama is being played out as we meet.

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Laura DeNardis

American University
Dr. Laura DeNardis is a scholar of Internet architecture and governance and a Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. The author of The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press 2014) and other books, her expertise has been... Read More →

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Alissa Cooper

Distinguished Engineer, Cisco
Dr. Alissa Cooper is a Distinguished Engineer in the Collaboration Technology Group at Cisco Systems, where she is responsible for driving privacy and policy strategy within the company’s portfolio of real-time collaboration products, including voice and video conferencing, messaging... Read More →
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Steve DelBianco

President & CEO, NetChoice
As President and CEO, Steve works with NetChoice members to set and execute the NetChoice agenda.Steve has become a well-known expert on Internet governance, online consumer protection, and Internet taxation. He’s provided expert testimony in 25 Congressional hearings and many more... Read More →
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David Redl

Counsel, U.S House Committee on Energy and Commerce
David Redl is Counsel on the majority staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. In his role with the Committee, Mr. Redl works with the communications and technology subcommittee with a specific focus on spectrum issues. Prior to joining the... Read More →
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Greg Shatan

Partner, Abelman Frayne & Schwab
Greg Shatan is a partner with the New York law firm of Abelman Frayne & Schwab. His practice focuses on intellectual property and technology transactions, Internet and domain name law matters, trademark protection and enforcement, and web accessibility. Greg is President of the Intellectual... Read More →
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Chris Wilson

Vice President, Government Affairs, 21st Century Fox
Chris Wilson is a seasoned government affairs professional with nearly 20 years of experience in public policy, with particular focus on telecommunications, intellectual property, and Internet governance law. Chris currently is Vice President, Government Affairs, for the 21st Century... Read More →

Monday January 25, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm PST
Room 704 The Newseum