[At-Large] Fwd: Invitation to At-Large / ALAC members to attend NCUC's policy conference in Toronto on Friday 12 October "Security & Freedom in a Connected World"

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Thu Oct 4 23:32:01 UTC 2012

Dear All,

I have just received this invitation. Having attended previous
conferences organised by the NCUC, I can thoroughly recommend that you
go, if you have the ability to arrive in time for Friday 12 October. I
have registered and will pass by the conference. All details below.
Kind regards,


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Invitation to At-Large / ALAC members to attend NCUC's policy
conference in Toronto on Friday 12 October "Security & Freedom in a
Connected World"
Date: 	Thu, 4 Oct 2012 14:58:43 -0700
From: 	Robin Gross <robin at ipjustice.org>
To: 	Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>
CC: 	Brenden Kuerbis <bnkuerbi at syr.edu>

Dear Olivier:

I am writing to invite you and your At-Large / ALAC members to attend
NCUC's policy conference in Toronto on Friday 12 October at the Fairmont
Royal York Hotel.
  "ICANN & Internet Governance: Security & Freedom in a Connected World"

  < http://www.amiando.com/NCUC-ICANN45 >

NCUC hopes the conference sessions will be of some interest to your
members and welcomes the attendance and participation of your members at
the conference next Friday.

Please see the event announcement below, which I invite you to share
with your members, and let me know if you have any questions about this
event.  Thank you very much.



*Top Civil Society Leaders Converge in Toronto for /"ICANN & Internet
Governance: Security and Freedom in a Connected World"/*

*Cyber-Security Expert Ron Deibert and new ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade
Address Non-Commercial Users Policy Conference on Eve of ICANN #45*


   - Public interest groups involved in ICANN will gather for the
event, "ICANN & Internet Governance: Security & Freedom in a Connected
World" <http://www.amiando.com/NCUC-ICANN45> on Friday 12 October at the
Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada. Sponsored by the
Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC), the voice of civil society in
ICANN, the policy conference will focus on key ICANN policy issues like
the need to promote both cyber-security and human rights in the
development of global Internet policies.   The event kicks-off with a
morning address from cyber-security expert Ron Deibert, Director of the
Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and The Citizen Lab, an
inter-disciplinary research and development hothouse at the University
of Toronto.  Deibert will address the need to establish a cyber-security
strategy for global civil society.  

"Cyberspace is at a watershed moment.  Global civil society, now
increasingly recognised as an important stakeholder in cyberspace
governance, needs to step up to the challenge," said Deibert.  "What is
required is nothing less than a serious and comprehensive  security
strategy for cyberspace that addresses  the very real threats that
plague governments and corporations, addresses national and other
security  concerns in a forthright manner, while protecting  and
preserving open networks of information and communication."


The afternoon sessions begin with welcoming remarks from Fadi Chehade,
ICANN's new Chief Executive Officer, a Lebanese-Egyptian IT
entrepreneur, who took the helm of ICANN last month and pronounced he
was committed to strengthening the multi-stakeholder process of Internet
governance.  Additional speakers at NCUC's policy conference include
Fiona Alexander from the U.S. Commerce Department and other governmental
representatives.  The all-day event's four panel sessions include
participation from ICANN board members and senior staff, civil society
and Internet business leaders.  


The conference will explore a broad range of ICANN policy issues
including privacy concerns related to the whois policy that requires the
publication of registrants' personal data and discussion of ongoing
negotiations with law enforcement agencies regarding a related policy
that privacy authorities have called "unlawful".  The geopolitical
landscape of Internet governance models and the shifting role of
stakeholders will be addressed by experts from around the world.  NCUC's
conference will also explore policy issues related to controversial new
domain names such as protection for freedom of expression in the face of
cultural differences and sensitivities.   Concerns about intellectual
property rights and new top-level domain names remains an area under
rapid development and will be ripe for discussion as well as activities
related to extra-territorial domain name seizures.  Including human
rights principles in ICANN policy development will be considered, in
addition to ways civil society can become involved in the development of
ICANN policies, which impact Internet users worldwide.


NCUC represents more than 250 noncommercial organizations and
individuals from around the world on ICANN policy matters and was formed
in 1999 in Berlin at one of ICANN's earliest meetings.   Currently NCUC
represents a wide range of non-commercial interests in ICANN policy
development including universities and educational institutions, human
rights organizations, development, promotion of the arts, children's
welfare, scientific research, community networking, and many other
non-commercial interests.  NCUC participates at ICANN as a constituency
within the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) and the Generic Names
Supporting Organization (GNSO), which makes ICANN policy recommendations
and selects board members.     


"The conference subtitle recognizes our shared twin goals of security
and freedom, and questions to what extent must we sacrifice one for the
other," said meeting organizer Robin Gross of NCUC and IP Justice, a
civil liberties organization based in San Francisco.  The constituency's
2012 Toronto conference builds on the policy conference NCUC held in
2011 in which craigslist.org founder Craig Newmark addressed the ICANN
community in San Francisco.


The 2012 conference concludes with an evening reception at the historic
Fairmont Royal York overlooking the beautiful Canadian waterfront.  The
event is free to attend and open the public, but advance registration is
required because space is limited. 

NCUC's conference is held with support from the Brazilian Internet
Steering Registry CGI.br, the Public Interest Registry (PIR), and ICANN.
  Civil Society event partners include The Citizen Lab, the Association
for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Canadian Internet Policy
and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) based at the University of Ottawa.  

Conference sessions will be audiocast live and archived for later
downloading, and remote participation will be available from the event's
website via Adobe Connect for those not able to travel to Toronto on 12


For event details including conference schedule, speaker list, remote
participation details, and to register to the event:


Contact for more information:


Robin Gross, IP Justice
  Email: _Robin at ipjustice.org_ <mailto:Robin at ipjustice.org>


Brenden Kuerbis, Internet Governance Project & University of Syracuse
  Email:  _bnkuerbi at syr.edu_ <mailto:bnkuerbi at syr.edu>

NCUC website: _http://www.ncuc.org_ <http://www.ncuc.org/>


Robin Gross, Executive Director
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