Partnering to Promote Internet Education in Russia

Formal information sharing will help promote Internet awarenes

Twomey & Grigoriev signing of an MOU between ICANN and IISI


ICANN President and CEO Dr Paul Twomey (left) joined director Vladislav Petrovich Sherstyuk (right) and Dimitry Grigoriev of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Institute of Information Security Issues (IISI) at the signing of an MOU between ICANN and IISI.

ICANN and the Lomonosov Moscow State University Institute of Information Security Issues (IISI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on increasing awareness on Internet issues inside Russia. “Formalizing how ICANN can work together with IISI will help both organizations reach out to the broader Russian Internet community and build increased awareness of issues like Internationalized Domain Names, IPv6 uptake, cybersecurity and domain name development,” said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN’s President and CEO. “This MoU is mutually beneficial since it will ensure both organizations have a direct connection into what is happening in the global Internet.”

The goal of the MoU is cooperation and information sharing on issues related to Internet governance, IP addresses, and the Domain Name System (DNS). To make this happen ICANN and the IISI will work to:

  • Promote the exchange of information in the field of Internet policy, and Internet security;
  • Promote the exchange of publications and documentation on current activities of each party;
  • Support the organization of workshops and conferences, and;
  • Investigate the possibility of organizing joint seminars and projects.

“Together we found very constructive common language and understanding of the issues facing both organizations,” said Vladislav Petrovich Sherstyuk, IISI’s director. “IISI is looking forward to the next concrete steps, and I am confident in the positive results to come.”

The MoU was signed at the Second International Forum on Partnership Among State, Business Community And Civil Society In Ensuring Information Security in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. This year the organizers of the meeting include IISI, ICANN, the International Academy for Sustainable Development and Technologies at the University of Karlsruhe, and the German-Russian Forum The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies is also participating in the event.

A copy of the signed MoU, which was approved by the ICANN Board on 23 January 2008, will be available on the ICANN website.

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About ICANN:
ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet’s operation, so ICANN’s global stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet’s ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit: www.icann.org .

About IISI:
The IISI was founded in 2004 as a result of long and effective interdisciplinary information security studies that were conducted by different research groups of the Moscow University. It is the organizer of the International Scientific Conference on Security and Counter Terrorism Issues, which takes place every year in Moscow.

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