The 2012 Domain Pulse kicks off on Monday, this year being held in the German city of Hamburg. But don’t despair if you can’t make it. There will be a live webcast accessible from the home page. So while those attending will already have made up their minds too, for those not, you can still follow all the proceedings.The annual Domain Pulse conference rotates between Switzerland, Austria and Germany and is hosted by the registries in each country (SWITCH, nic.at and DENIC) and is one of the highlights of the domain name calendar with around 400 people attending each year.This year’s two-day conference will have presentations both dealing with domain names and also looking wider about how technology is impacting on our lives. All presentations are translated into English when in German, and into German when the presentation is in English.On the domain name front presentations will include “How Domains Are Being Used” by Marc Van Wesemael from EURid, a panel discussion looking at insights and outlooks on new top level domains, a look at the Eco Registrar Atlas (available here in German and English) by lawyer and eco member Thomas Rickert, a look at risks regarding domain names from a specialist lawyer in IT law as well as an update on news from the registries as the last discussion of the conference.There will also be presentations on internet governance, privacy, security, internet addiction while the keynote address is titled “The Internet as the Operating System of Society” by Prof. Dr. Gunter Dueck, who is described as a mathematician and maverick.The agenda for the conference is online (available here in English and here in German). For additional information, check out the conference website here.