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PIR Center expert at the ICANN Public Meeting in South Africa

02.08.2013

MOSCOW, AUGUST 1, 2013. PIR PRESS – "Participation in the ICANN Public meeting grants young experts a chance to get engaged in day-to-day real working process of the structure which is running the global DNS system and managing IP addresses, and to bring their stakeholder viewpoints to the representatives of the one of the key institutions in the field of internet governance. The ICANN Fellowship program deserves positive assessment as soon as it provides participants with access to a huge volume of knowledge on such technical issues as DNSSEC implementation, transition from IPv4 protocol to IPv6, update of WHOIS service, development of the new top level domains (nGTLDs) and other technical aspects of ICANN activities", – PIR Center Program Coordinator Oleg Demidov.

On July 14-18, 2013 PIR Center Program Coordinator Oleg Demidov took part in the 47th Public meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Durban (South Africa) as a participant of ICANN Fellowship Program. The Program allows young leaders in the field of internet governance from the public institutions, private entities and the academia to take part in ICANN Public meetings and to get engaged in work of its structures, to strengthen relations with global community of stakeholders in the internet governance sphere.

Oleg Demidov was one of the 29 Fellows from 25 countries selected for participation in the 47th ICANN Public meeting, and the third Russian participant of the Fellowship program. The Meeting was attended by over 1500 internet stakeholders from all over the world. Oleg Demidov took part in more than 30 sections, seminars and other formats over the course of the ICANN conference.

One of the key issues discussed by ICANN representatives in Durban were the prospects of the new generic top-level domains – nGTLDs. A bright example of contradictions and concerns related to this topic was the case with the .amazon domain. The request for this domain was submitted to ICANN by the company Amazon, a major player in the online retail market. Immediately after submission it was opposed by the representatives of several South American states – Brazil, Argentina and Peru – because of concerns that its delegation to the U.S. company would effectively mean monopolization of the domain and would also restrict the rights of the states of the Amazon basin to use the “amazon” toponym for development of tourism and investment appeal of their regions. At the Durban meeting the final decision was made at the session of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). The GAC voted to reject Amazon’s request for the domain and leave it vacant for the moment. This decision might become a systemic precedent for the new geographic domain names industry.

Another major issue within the framework of the Durban Meeting was the update of the WHOIS designed to provide open information on the owner of any registered domain to any user. The lag of the service in its current form rapid technological development of the domain industry brought to life the initiative of its radical modernization and enhancement. Debates on this issue were focused on organizational and legal aspects of control over registrants data within the framework of a perspective service.

Summarizing his impressions from the 47th Public meeting conference, Oleg Demidov pointed out: "Participation in the ICANN Public meeting grants young experts a chance to get engaged in day-to-day real working process of the structure which is running the global DNS system and managing IP addresses, and to bring their stakeholder viewpoints to the representatives of the one of the key institutions in the field of internet governance. The ICANN Fellowship program deserves positive assessment as soon as it provides participants with access to a huge volume of knowledge on such technical issues as DNSSEC implementation, transition from IPv4 protocol to IPv6, update of WHOIS service, development of the new top level domains (nGTLDs) and other technical aspects of ICANN activities".

PIR Center actively works on information technologies issues within the framework of its program “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance”. As a part of the program, a special issue of PIR Center’s Security Index journal № 1 (104) “Global Security in the Digital Age” (in Russian) was published. The first Russian non-governmental report on cybersecurity – PIR Center’s White Paper – is being prepared for publication.

On the May 30, 2013 PIR Center with support of the Internet support foundation held the international seminar “Internet governance after WCIT-2012: Mapping key global trends and assessing Russia’s national interests” attended by more 50 leading experts in the field of internet governance including senior representatives of ICANN and ITU.

For all issues concerning PIR Center’s program "International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” please contact Program Coordinator Oleg Demidov by phone: +7-495- 987-19-15, fax: +7-495-987-19-14, or by e-mail: demidov at pircenter.org

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