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What to Expect at ICANN58: A Guide for Business Stakeholders

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This webinar is an introduction to ICANN and the Commercial Stakeholder Group. It is designed for people in the business world who are new to the ICANN community and interested in the upcoming ICANN58 Public Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark from 11-16 March 2017.

When: Tuesday, 21 February 2017
14:00-15:00 UTC

Where: Adobe Connect

Topics:

  • ICANN58 Public Meeting in Copenhagen and sessions of interest
  • Opportunities to follow, participate and join the work of business stakeholders in their various constituency groups
  • Latest topics in the Internet domain name and addressing systems

Speakers:

  • Chris Mondini, Riccardo Ruffolo, Jean-Jacques Sahel – ICANN Global Stakeholder Engagement team
  • Chris Wilson - Business Constituency
  • Petter Rindforth - Intellectual Property Constituency
  • Wolf-Ulrich Knoben - Internet Service Providers & Connectivity Providers Constituency

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