Will 2012 finally decide who has control of the Internet (and why)? Wednesday 11 July 2012, 17:00 for a 17:30 start Hosted by Sidley Austin LLP Woolgate Exchange, 25 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5HA Space limited: Registration closes on Friday 6 July Four mysterious letters have emerged as the gossip of the global ICT scene this year: WCIT. They stand for ‘World Conference on International Telecommunications’, a treaty-making negotiation to review the 1988 ITU’s International Telecom Regulations (ITRs) that will take place in Dubai in December. Behind the rather dull name of this UN Treaty, the preparatory negotiations have seen a flurry of activities, claims and demands, on topics ranging from who will govern the architecture and ‘domain name’ system of the Internet, to online content regulation, human rights, roaming, or governments setting telecom prices. The IIC UK Chapter will hold an event to discuss the many issues around Internet governance, with a focus on the ongoing negotiations at the ITU, which will culminate with the WCIT treaty conference in December in Dubai, but also look beyond WCIT to ITU’s 2013 WTPF and the 2014-2015 WSIS Review, which will see the same topics debated. Confirmed speakers include: - Alex Blowers, Director, Legal and Policy, Nominet, the .uk registry - Nigel Hickson, Vice-President (Europe), ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) - Markus Kummer, Vice-President (Public Policy), the Internet Society - Mark Swarbrick, Global Head of ICT policy, UK Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS). The event will be moderated by Jean-Jacques Sahel, Chair of the UK Chapter and Director, EMEA Policy and International Organisations at Microsoft.