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Experts to Discuss Benefits of Open Internet

ICANN to Host Panel on Internet Governance and Opportunities for Careers, Innovation and Entrepreneurship on a Free, Unrestricted Internet

Buenos Aires, Argentina… ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé, ICANN Board Member Olga Madruga-Forti and LACNIC President Oscar Messano will participate in a panel focused on the business opportunities that are only possible on a free and open Internet. The event, titled "Public Responsibility Session – Entrepreneurship & DNS," will take place on Thursday, 21 November, during ICANN's 48th public meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Internet Governance debate has become a hot topic in Latin America. The panel, moderated by professor Celia Lerman of Universidad Torcuato di Tella, will explore the benefits of an unrestricted Internet and the economic opportunities it fosters.

"This is an excellent opportunity to engage with local academics and youth and to share with them the expertise of our community members," said Nora Abusitta, ICANN Vice President for Public Responsibility Programs. "We are very grateful to the Universidad Torcuato di Tella for hosting what we believe is going to be a fascinating dialogue with the community."


People who wish to participate in the session are asked to RSVP at the following link:

Here are the details of the session:

WHAT: Public Responsibility Pilot Session – Entrepreneurship & DNS

WHO: Fadi Chehadé, ICANN President and CEO; Solana Ximena de Aspiazu, Senior International Negotiator and Lawyer at the National Communications Commission of the Argentine government; Olga Madruga-Forti, ICANN Board Member; Oscar Messano, President of LACNIC; Fátima Cambronero, LACRALO/ISOC; Celia Lerman, Professor at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella; Santiago Rodriguez Ortiz, Internet entrepreneur.

WHEN: Thursday, 21 November 8:30 AM-10:30 AM, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1130 - 1330 UTC).

WHERE: Room SV4, Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 7350
Universidad Torcuato di Tella

Media Contacts

James Cole
ICANN Global Media Coordinator
Washington, D.C.
Tel. +1 (202) 570 7139

Alexandra Dans
Communications Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean
Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel. +598 95 831 442

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