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Wednesday, March 30 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Whoever Controls the Future of the Internet Controls the Future of the World

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We are currently seeing a dramatic intensification of stakeholders who want to have a role in governing the internet. Developments related to ICANN's transition and to conversations at the World Economic Forum on the future of the internet, the WSIS+10 Review at the United Nations General Assembly, and other international forums have shown that everyone from governments to private businesses are interested in influencing (and controlling) the internet itself. 

But where does this growing interest stem from? Are these efforts made in good faith, and do they aim to protect users and defend their right to online information and freedom of expression, or are they launched with the intent of control - politically, militarily and geopolitically? And how do these policy decisions, which are increasingly made at the highest level, affect the internet user around the world?
This session is aimed at understanding why there has been such a marked interest in internet governance and who the key players in conversation are. It will also aim to identify who's "winning" - and what, exactly, is at stake.


Sally Costerton

Advisor of Stakeholder Engagement at ICANN
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Uri Rosenthal

Dutch Special Envoy for Cyberspace, Government of Netherlands
He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Rutte I from 14 October 2010 until 5 November 2012. He previously served as a Member of the Senate from 8 June 1999 until 14 October 2010 and the Parliamentary leader in the Senate from 5 May 2005 until 14 October 2010. A professor of political science and public administration by occupation, he taught from 1980 until 2010 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Leiden University.

Frank La Rue

Assistant Director General for Communication and Information at UNESCO

Ron Wyden

Oregon State Senator

Wednesday March 30, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Lab

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