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Workshop on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS):
Issues of Relevance to ICANN and Next Steps

20 July 2004, 08:30 - 10:00

Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Organized by the WSIS Workshop Planning Group
(* see participant list below)

All individuals interested in the Internet and management and coordination of the domain name system (DNS) are encouraged to attend the "Workshop on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Issues of Relevance to ICANN and Next Steps" on Tuesday, 20 July, 08:30 - 10:00 in the Grand Ballroom at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

The workshop will provide information on the United Nation's World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and issues of direct impact to ICANN. Proposed output and next steps for ICANN constituencies/stakeholders regarding WSIS and technical coordination and management of the DNS also will be discussed. "WSIS" is a process in which governments are attempting to address a broad range of international legal, regulatory, economic, and policy issues related to the Internet. During this process, some governments proposed that an intergovernmental organization be responsible for "Internet governance," a phrase that remains undefined and some consider to include and/or mean the administration and coordination of the DNS.

The workshop, which is open to the public, will:

  1. Inform ICANN stakeholders and the broader community about activities, initial outcomes, and upcoming events related to WSIS and ICANN;
  2. Foster a dialogue and mutual understanding of positions of different stakeholders on WSIS as it relates to ICANN and other issues of interest; and
  3. Enhance stakeholder participation in WSIS as it relates to ICANN's activities.

Agenda

  1. Opening Remarks/WSIS Overview by Dr. Paul Twomey, ICANN President & CEO
  2. Remarks on the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) and how it relates to ICANN, by Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator, Secretariat of the WGIG presentation (PDF)
  3. Open Discussion
    • Remarks by WSIS Workshop Planning Group members
    • Audience comments/questions (including available statements by constituencies, stakeholders and interest groups)
    • Audience discussion on output/next steps for ICANN constituencies/stakeholders regarding WSIS and ICANN template (PDF)
  4. Closing Remarks by WSIS Workshop Planning Group members presentation (PDF)

*WSIS Workshop Planning Group:

  • Vittorio Bertola, At-Large Advisory Committee
  • Izumi Aizu, At-Large Advisory Committee
  • Marilyn Cade, Business Constituency
  • David Fares, BusinessConstituency/USCIB
  • Tony Holmes, Internet Service & Connectivity Providers
  • Elana Broitman, Registrars
  • Jeff Neuman, Registries
  • Peter Dengate Thrush, InternetNZ
  • Theresa Swinehart, ICANN
  • Denise Michel, ICANN

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