ISOC, ICANN and the NRO at the ITU Telecom World in Hong Kong

The Internet Society (ISOC), of which I am member of the Board of Trustees, along with ICANN and the NRO, participated in Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong from December 4 – 8.
ISOC, ICANN and the NRO implemented an Internet Pavilion as an outreach tool for business leaders and policy makers. ISOC also participated in the Forum and the parallel Youth Forum activities. ISOC participated in the event as a part of its ongoing outreach activities related to policy and to overall visibility in the Internet space with ICANN and the NRO.

ISOC participated in the Forum track directly: Matthew Shears, ISOC’s Director of Public Policy, spoke in two sessions, the first on “The future of Internet Governance” and the second on “New rules and roles in the Digital Age”.

Constance Bommelaer, ISOC’s Manager of Public Policy, chaired an all-day session on cyber security, entitled “Countering Spam Cooperation Agenda”. During this session, the OECD and the ITU presented the “StopSpam Coallition”, a recent joint initiative gathering information and resources on combating spam ( This initiative was launched by APEC, the EU’s CNSA, ITU, the London Action Plan and the Seoul-Melbourne Anti-Spam Group. It is an open initiative any relevant organization can join. The overall session description can be found here.

Shears also participated in the Youth Forum parallel event. The Youth Forum is an ITU activity that brings a select group of young leaders in the ICT area to Telecom World and puts them through a range of sessions that leverage the main Forum sessions and speakers. The program details can be found here. Shears spoke in a session on “Applications and Technologies for Digital Society” and participated in a workshop on strategic communications. ISOC’s role was recognized during the closing Youth Forum plenary.

An overview of ISOC’s participation in the event, including supporting materials, PowerPoints and speaking notes, etc., can be found here.

The Telecom World 2006 site can be found here, and the Forum page here. Each of the sessions was vodcast – but the downloads are very large.

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