26 September 2011

NRO to Lead Key Internet Infrastructure Discussions at 2011 IGF

IPv6 Deployment and Internet Governance workshops to highlight importance of multi-stakeholder cooperation

Nairobi, Kenya, 26 September 2011 – The Number Resource Organization (NRO), made up of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries, will lead key discussions about Internet infrastructure at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) this week. NRO representatives will host two workshops, and invite all stakeholders to participate to learn more about critical Internet resources and multi-stakeholder Internet governance processes:

Enhancing Understanding: Facilitating Internet Governance Through Openness and Transparency

Date: Wednesday, 28 September
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Room 4

This workshop will build on conversations that took place in the NRO-organized “Enhancing Transparency” workshop at last year’s IGF. Participants will further explore issues including the importance of commonly understood Internet governance concepts and strategies to build effective understanding between different stakeholder groups

Understanding IPv6 Deployment and Transition

Date: Thursday, 29 September
Time: 9:00 – 10:30am
Venue: Room 4

The focus of this workshop will be to highlight IPv6 capacity-building strategies. Additionally, the session will cover priorities for various stakeholder groups, and opportunities for collaboration or cooperation in capacity-building activities.

“The IGF is a vital platform for representatives of all stakeholders to come together and discuss the issues facing today’s Internet users,” said Raúl Echeberría, Chair of the NRO. “During our sessions, the NRO will share insights and promote conversations on significant topics, including IPv6 and Internet Governance, to aid in the understanding of the Internet infrastructure. The technical community is committed to supporting the development of policies that are both practical and effective, whilst protecting the incredible benefits of the Internet.”

NRO representatives will also take part in the IGF’s main session on Critical Internet Resources, scheduled for Friday, 30 September, from 11:00am-13:00pm. This session will provide a larger forum for discussion of topics such as the importance of capacity building, challenges for the Internet community in developing regions, and ways to evaluate accountability, transparency and inclusiveness in the management of Internet resources.

In addition to the these workshops and sessions, RIR representatives will participate in the following workshops and sessions:

  • Cybersecurity: Safeguarding the Global Internet and Emerging Issues/Opportunities for Developing Countries (Wednesday, 28 September)
  • Interconnecting Africa: Opportunities and Obstacles along the way (Thursday, 29 September)
  • SWOT analysis of the impact of Mobile Internet on Internet Governance in Africa (Friday, 30 September)

Notes to Editors

About the Number Resource Organization (NRO)

The NRO exists to protect the pool of unallocated Internet numbers (IP addresses and AS numbers) and serves as a coordinating mechanism for the five RIRs to act collectively on matters relating to the interests of RIRs. For further information, visit www.nro.net.

About the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs)

Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) are independent, not-for-profit membership organisations that support the infrastructure of the Internet through technical coordination. There are five RIRs in the world today. Currently, the Internet Assigned Numbers Association (IANA) allocates blocks of IP addresses and ASNs, known collectively as Internet number resources, to the RIRs, who then distribute them to their members within their own specific service regions. RIR members include Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunications organisations, large corporations, governments, academic institutions, and industry stakeholders, including end users.

The RIR model of open, transparent participation has proven successful at responding to the rapidly changing Internet environment. Each RIR holds one to two open meetings per year, as well as facilitating online discussion by the community, to allow the open exchange of ideas from the technical community, the business sector, civil society, and government regulators.

The five RIRs are:

Media Contacts:

Number Resource Organization
Email: media@nro.net

Lucie Smith/Alex Bishop
Racepoint Group UK
Tel: +44(0)208 8811 2474
Email: ripencc@racepointgroup.com

Marissa Ramey
ARIN/Number Resource Organization (NRO)
Tel: +1.202.349.3788
Email: arin@lewispr.com

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