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UPDATED: WEBINAR - Opportunities and Challenges to Keep up with the Internet of the Future - Everything You Need to Know About the ICANN Meeting in Singapore

Updated: 10 March 2014

Date: Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Time: 04:00-05:00 UTC (time converter:

Please join ICANN Vice Presidents Yu-Chuang Kuek and Christopher Mondini for a pre-ICANN 49 webinar for business participants.

For people in the business world new to the ICANN Community, this webinar will serve as an introduction to ICANN, its Commercial Stakeholder Group, and the upcoming ICANN 49 public meeting in Singapore.

Presenters include:

  • Steve DelBianco - Executive Director, NetChoice
  • Peter J. Dernbach - Partner, Winkler Partners
  • Maemura Akinori - General Manager, Internet Development Department, Japan Network Information Center

To RSVP and learn how to access the webinar, please follow this link:

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