Internet governance is the key theme of the upcoming Domain Pulse conference to be held in Vienna from 17 to 18 February.There will be presentations on Internet Governance 2.0 and the future of domain names as well as a panel discussion on How Much Governance Does The Internet Need.They key note speech on the opening day will be given by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, a professor of internet governance regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.A panel discussion on the future of the domain name, titled “The Domain is Dead – Long Live the Domain?” will include Sedo’s Tim Schumacher and Christian Kallenberg of Mitte Editionen.The discussion on How Much Governance Does the Internet Need? will include Christian Singer from BMVIT, Hubert Schöttner from BMWI, Jonne Soininen from Siemens/Nokia and a member of the ICANN Board, Michael Niebel from the European Commission, Theresa Swinehart from Verizon and formerly ICANN and Thomas Schneider from BAKOM.Additional presentations will cover legal issues relating to internet governance with a presentation from Hans Peter Lehofer of the Austrian Supreme Administrative Court who will discuss “Internet Law between Regulation of Infrastructure and Content” while there will be a discussion with the legal experts from each of the revolving host registries, nic.at, DENIC and SWITCH.For more information on the Domain Pulse conference and to register, see www.domainpulse.at where the information is in both English and German, as will all presentations with simultaneous translations.
Dissertation Abstract: Internet Governance has largely been managed by the United States government since its burgeoning in the 1990’s. The government has since entrusted and charged internet technical tasks and functions to ICANN. The organization along with the United States government has been the subject of heavy criticism for its inadequate international representation. Many interpret US hegemony over the internet as culturally imperialistic.The following paper explores the some of the advantages and disadvantages to multilateral Internet governance. Firstly, it will evaluate ICANN’s ability to both democratize their internal decision-making and internationalize the web by better serving foreign Internet end-users. Next, the paper examines the attitudes of Americans towards the US relinquishing control to international organizations such as the United Nations. The conclusions address both effectiveness of ICANN as well as what may be hindering the US from surrendering control to foreign governments based on nonpolitical reasons.This paper was published by, and is available for download from, the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library Digital Commons initiative, an “institutional repository” to capture, preserve and organize the intellectual output of Bryant University. It is available from: