NCUC@ICANN: Internet Governance and the Global Public Interest

hosted by ICANN's Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC)

The Westin St. Francis Hotel

Start: Friday, 11 Mar 2011 08:30

End: Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 00:00

    NCUC Policy Conference at ICANN-40 in San Francisco

    NCUC@ICANN: Internet Governance and the Global Public Interest

    Friday 11 March 2011 (8:30 am - 6:00 pm)

    California West Room - 2nd Floor

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    Policy Conference Goal 

    Held immediately before ICANN's 40th International Meeting in San Francisco, ICANN's Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) will host a conference to explore the relationship between Internet governance policies and the global public interest and strategies for action for noncommercial activists. The meeting will raise awareness about online human rights issues and encourage participation at ICANN and other Internet governance arenas. The conference will showcase the work of NCUC and its Internet policy goals to local civil society organizations and Internet activists. Drawing the connection between live Internet policy issues and their implications for human rights, development and the democratic process is a key objective of the meeting.


    Venue: Westin St. Francis Hotel at Union Square 

    The NCUC policy conference will be held at the historic Westin St. Francis  Hotel at Union Square in San Francisco. The landmark hotel is also the official ICANN conference venue over the following week and in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The NCUC conference is scheduled to meet in the California West Room on the 2nd Floor of the Westin St. Francis Hotel (address: 335 Powell Street, San Francisco, California).


    Conference Format 

    The civil society conference consists of a full-day of policy discussions among 100 attendees. The conference format is a single-track, series of panels, workshops, conversations and a keynote speaker during lunch.  The event's target audience includes international ICANN participants as well as San Francisco Bay Area Internet law and policy experts, digital rights activists, and other civil society organizations concerned with Internet governance matters.  The media is also invited to attend the discussions.


    Substantive Program  

    The substantive program will focus on the impact of ICANN policies and other Internet policies on the global public interest.  Sessions will focus on Internet censorship, privacy rights, new rules for trademarks and domain names, and other emerging Internet governance issues. The ability of ICANN to protect human rights, promote development, and achieve public interest policy goals will be explored.  The appropriate role for governments to manage Internet resources and emerging options for a compatible DNS to the existing Internet governance regime will be explored.  Attendees will leave with a "tool kit" of useful information for non-commercial activists including strategies of action for those who are interested in creating Internet governance policies that promote the global public interest.

    Craig Newmark to Keynote During Lunch

    Craig NewmarkInternet entrepreneur Craig Newmark, founder of, one of the most popular nonprofit Internet domains will deliver the keynote speech during lunchtime of the conference.  Craigslist has been at the forefront of a number of cutting-edge online legal and policy battles, and Craig Newmark has personally been a strong supporter of online activism, Internet freedom and nonprofit organizations.  The lunch is made possible with the generous support from Public Interest Registries (PIR).


    Closing Remarks From ICANN Board Chairman

    Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of ICANN's Board of Director will deliver the final remarks of the policy conference.  Mr Dengate Thrush is also a barrister practicing in civil litigation in New Zealand, where he specializes in intellectual property, competition and Internet law.  A board member since 2005, Mr. Dengate Thrush has over-seen much of ICANN's policy work with respect to new top-level domains.

    Evening Cocktail Reception 

    Conference attendees and speakers are invited to a private cocktail reception immediately after the policy conference at a nearby view-lounge bar, Grandviews at Union Square.  Appetizers and a hosted bar will be served to conference attendees on the 36th floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel - one of the highest points above Union Square - a bar with stunning views of both the SF Bay and the downtown skyline.  Enjoy the sky-high California sunset and soft music from a local favorite jazz duo while discussing the day's events.  The cocktail reception is made possible with the generous support from Afilias Limited.


    FREE and Open to Public

    The conference will be free-of-charge to attend and open to the public, but advance registration will be required for planning purposes. Please be sure to bring your registration confirmation print-out with you to the conference. Online remote participation will be available and the event will be webcast and archived online.  Please join us.

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    Event venue address

    335 Powell Street California West Room (2nd Level) CA 94102 San Francisco United States of America


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