19 April Georgetown University Reinventing the Internet’s Phone Book – Institutions, Industry, Infrastructure

Advanced Cyber/IO

Reinventing the Internet’s Phone Book?

Institutions, Industry, Infrastructure

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Executive Conference Room (ECR), 7th Floor, Intercultural Center (ICC)

Georgetown University Main Campus

37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The “invisible” infrastructures of the Internet’s lower layers – addresses, protocols, domain names – are increasingly used to serve political objectives different from the purpose they were initially designed for. Are we currently experiencing a “turn to infrastructure” for Internet governance?

This conference explores the political, social and technical implications of this recent tendency, by focusing on a particularly controversial aspect of Internet infrastructure: the Domain Name System, the Internet’s “phone book.”

9:30-9:35am: Welcome

Jim Seevers, Interim Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

 

9:35-10am: Introduction. Internet governance by infrastructure: the case of the Domain Name System

Francesca Musiani, Yahoo! Fellow, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

 

10am-12pm: Panel 1. Enforcement, security, and mobilizations: the DNS today

Moderator: Derrick Cogburn, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

 

Panelists:

Steve Crocker, CEO, Shinkuro, Inc. & Chair, ICANN Board

Matthew Schruers, CCIA & Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Scott McCormick, Consultant, McCormick ICT International

Luke Pelican, Consultant, Ammori Group

12:00pm-1pm:  Lunch

 

1pm-3pm: Panel 2. New actors in Internet governance: privatization, infrastructure, alternatives

Moderator: Nanette Levinson, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

 

Panelists:

Fiona Alexander, Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Matthew Hindman, Associate Professor, George Washington University

Francesca Musiani, Yahoo! Fellow, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

Shane Tews, Chief Policy Officer, 463 Communications

 

3pm-3:30pm: Final Keynote. The “Turn to Infrastructure” and the future of IG

Laura DeNardis, Associate Professor, School of Communication, American University

 

3:30pm-3:40pm: Concluding Remarks

Jim Seevers, Interim Director and Francesca Musiani, Yahoo! Fellow, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

 

Sponsored by:

Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, E. A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Yahoo! Fund on Communication Technology, International Values, and the Global Internet

Co-sponsored by:

School of International Service, American University

Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)