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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
April 16, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Panelists Confirmed for Internet Governance Event
Speakers at April 24th Event to Discuss ICANN, Registry Issues

WASHINGTON D.C. - Panelists have been confirmed for next Friday's congressional seminar, "ICANN & Internet Governance: How Did We Get Here & Where Are We Heading?" hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.  Speakers at the April 24th luncheon event will discuss policy issues concerning administration of the domain name system, including the proposal for new top level domains and the upcoming expiration of ICANN's Joint Project Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding with the US Department of Commerce.

The discussion panel will be comprised of various Internet policy experts, including Michael Roberts, the first President and CEO of ICANN.  Roberts, who served from ICANN's inception in 1998 until 2001, is currently a policy consultant who advises clients on Internet technology, services and product development.  Roberts is also the author of various publications on U.S. network policy.

Also confirmed to speak on the panel is Milton Mueller, Professor and Co-Director of the School of Informational Studies Convergence Center at Syracuse University.  Mueller is founder of the Internet Governance Project, an academic consortium focused on Internet policy and governance.  Mueller is also author of the book Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace.  Also confirmed is David Johnson, Visiting Professor at New York Law School's Institute for Information Law and Policy.  Johnson recently retired from his position as Partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he focused on a variety of Internet policy issues, including governance, privacy and domain names.  Johnson was also a founding director of the Aspen Institute Internet Policy Project.

The discussion will be moderated by PFF Adjunct Fellow Michael Palage, currently President and CEO of Pharos Global.  Palage served on the ICANN Board from 2003 to 2006.

"ICANN & Internet Governance:  How Did We Get Here & Where Are We Heading?," will be held Friday, April 24th from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm in Room 2322 at the Rayburn House Office Building (note room change).  Lunch will be served.  Those interested in attending can register here. Media queries should be directed to Amy Smorodin at Others should contact Allison Bringardner at 202-289-8928 or

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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