Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum will this week convene for the first of a series of seminars exploring the twists and turns of the global Internet landscape.
Organised by InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc), the Parliamentary Internet Forum seminar on Wednesday will focus on ‘who controls the Internet’ with former ICANN Chair Peter Dengate-Thrush taking the reins as guest speaker.
Dengate-Thrush is a world expert on Internet governance, having chaired InternetNZ, the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association and the board of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He will address the assembled politicians on the governance of the underlying resources of the Internet, primarily the domain name system and the IP Address allocation system.
InternetNZ Policy Lead Susan Chalmers says that the Parliamentary Internet Forum aims to involve Parliamentarians in thinking more about the sheer breadth of Internet issues now facing society. read