15 September 2009

Internet Pavilion to Host Key Internet Discussions During the ITU Telecom World Conference

Washington, D.C. September 15, 2009

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Number Resource Organization (NRO) are joining forces to host the “Internet Pavilion” at the Telecom World Event, taking place from October 5-9. The three organizations are working together to raise awareness of the need maintain and reinforce a single, global, secure, stable and interoperable Internet.

“The Internet Pavilion will be a focal point for participants to gather the most current literature and hear discussions about how the Internet ecosystem works”, said Theresa Swinehart, ICANN’s Vice President for Global and Strategic Partnerships. The “Internet Pavilion” is supported by organizations responsible for different aspects of Internet development, operations, administration, and technical management.

“For the Internet, open standards are developed through open processes, where anyone with the necessary skills and interest can participate,” said Gerard Ross, Senior Communications Manager of ISOC. “The Internet is where anyone who wants to apply those creative standards can do so without having to seek permission or pay fees.”

The Internet Pavilion will host a series of seminars, briefings and presentations on a range of topics, including how the global infrastructure of the Internet works, the key roles of the Internet protocol (IP) address and domain name systems, as well as the importance of a collaborative approach to Internet governance.

“One of the key challenges that the Internet community, national and regional governments as well as private sector organizations are tackling at the moment, is the imminent depletion of the current IP address pool, IPv4, and the need to accelerate the worldwide deployment of the next generation of Internet Protocol, IPv6,” said Adiel A. Akplogan, Chairman of the NRO.

“Collaboration between different Internet stakeholders at events such as ITU Telecom World and beyond will help raise awareness of this challenge, protect future Internet innovation and growth, and ensure that the Internet remains open and accessible for all.”

For more information, visit the Internet Pavilion, October 5-9, 2009, Hall 4, Stand 4035, ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009 Conference.

About ICANN:
To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers. These include domain names (like .org, .museum, and country codes like .uk), as well as the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols. Computers use these identifiers to reach each other over the Internet. Those identifiers or addresses have to be unique so computers know where to find each other. Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet’s operation, so ICANN’s global stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies using a multi-stakeholder, consensus based model that ensures the Internet’s ongoing interoperability, security, and stability. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world. ICANN promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

About Internet Society (ISOC)
The Internet Society is an international cause-related organization that works for the open development and evolution of the Internet for all people. It does so through work across the areas of technical standards, education and capacity building, as well as public policy. The Internet Society is the organizational home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

About the Number Resource Organization (NRO)

The Number Resource Organization (NRO) is the coordinating mechanism for the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). The RIRs – AFRINIC, APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC, and the RIPE NCC – ensure the fair and equitable distribution of Internet number resources (IPv6 and IPv4 addresses and Autonomous System (AS) Numbers) in their respective regions. The NRO exists to protect the unallocated Internet number resource pool, foster open and consensus-based policy development, and provide a single point of contact for communication with the RIRs.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Brad White| Director of Media Affairs, ICANN
Ph. +1 202.429.2710 | brad.white@icann.org

Michele Jourdan | Corporate Affairs, ICANN
Ph. +1 310.301.5831 | michele.jourdan@icann.org

Megan Kruse | Public Relations Officer, ARIN/Number Resource Organization (NRO)
Ph. +1.571.438.7121 | media@nro.net

Kersti Klami | Client Manager, Racepoint Group UK/ Number Resource Organization (NRO)
Ph. +44 7891 796 473 | kersti.klami@racepointgroup.com

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