Copenhagen, Denmark… Denmark's Minister of Culture, Mette Bock, and Chairman of DIFO and DK-Hostmaster, Professor, Henrik Udsen, will be speaking during the welcome ceremony of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN)'s 58th Public Meeting. The meeting, which is being held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, will take place from 11 to 16 March 2017. It is being hosted by both the Danish Business Authority and the Danish Internet Forum.
The meeting is being held six months after the IANA Stewardship Transition, which was a milestone in the history of ICANN's multistakeholder community. Stakeholders from around the world, including people from businesses, governments, academia, and civil society, will be convening in Denmark to discuss various topics such as next steps after the IANA Stewardship Transition, enhancements to ICANN's accountability and the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) program.
Göran Marby, ICANN's President and CEO, and Board Chair, Dr. Stephen Crocker, will also be speaking to attendees during the welcome ceremony.
We encourage members of the press to join in-person or remotely, as their remarks will provide a high-level overview of what is expected to occur throughout the meeting. Those who are unable to attend the Copenhagen meeting in person are encouraged to participate remotely via a live web stream. The details for connecting are provided below.
BACKGROUND: Held three times a year, ICANN's public meetings convene members of the global, multistakeholder Internet community, made up of individual users, businesses, civil society, governments, research institutions and non-government organizations, to discuss issues impacting the Domain Name System (DNS) and develop relevant policies.
Welcome Ceremony & Opening Session:
WHEN: Monday, 13 March, 09:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. CET (8:00 – 9:30 UTC)
WHERE: Hall 1, Bella Center Copenhagen
OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the Welcome Ceremony via remote access.
- A live webcast may be accessed at LINK.
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ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.