Friday, October 12, 2012

ISOC-DC Event - Fragmenting the Internet: The WCIT & What’s At Stake



From: The Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society <chapter@isoc-dc.org>
Subject: ISOC-DC Event - Fragmenting the Internet: The WCIT & What's At Stake

Date: Friday, October 12, 2012, 5:29 AM


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Fragmenting the Internet: The WCIT & What's At Stake

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Eventbrite registration required: http://isocdcwcit.eventbrite.com

In December the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and 193 member states will convene theWorld Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai with the agenda of updating the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), the treaty that deals international telecommunications to which all member states are signatory.

There is grave concern in many circles about proposals to expand the scope of the ITRs in ways that would affect the include the Internet. This could disrupt Internet operations and fragment the Internet,increasing costs, decreasing consumer choice, and hindering innovation.

Please join the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) to examine what's at stake at the WCIT with a distinguished panel of thought leaders on the subjects of:

  • What is motivating certain Member States to include aspects of the Internet in the ITRs?
  • Some in the technical community have said that certain proposals could lead to fragmentation of the global Internet.   What does this mean and how could that happen at WCIT?  What would be the impact on the global Internet infrastructure?
  • For countries with concerns about security or fraud or connectivity costs, what are the alternatives to solving these challenges besides the WCIT?
  • What should be the role of groups like the Internet Society in this discussion?

Panel

The Honorable Terry Kramer – U.S. Ambassador, Head of Delegation, World Conference on International Telecommunications at U.S. Department of State

Gigi Sohn – President & CEO, Public Knowledge

Danny McPherson – Chief Security Officer, Verisign

Moderator

Sally Wentworth – Senior Manager of Public Policy, The Internet Society
 

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4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

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