Seminar February 3, 2009

The $1.5 Billion Business Tax You're Not Expecting

Event Detail
February 3, 2009
Washington, D.C.

Alston & Bird LLP served as co-host of this policy forum along with The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA).  The forum addressed the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a hardly known and understood organization based in California that issueded a new set of policies which could turn the cyber world upside down, including the possibly deployment of thousands of new Top Level Domains (TLDs).

Kathryn Marks moderated the first program panel, "What is ICANN?:  Why Do They Get to Decide Policy?".  This panel addressed the following...

  • Why ICANN?
  • What gives it the power to formulate policies that impact billions of Internet users?
  • Are there ways to make the policy process more accountable and transparent to the public?
  • What can be done to amend or alter the proposed policy to add TLDs?

The second panel, "The $1.5 Billion Question:  So Do We Really Need More TLDs?", looked at the potential impact of this policy on businesses, consumers and the government.  Items addressed were...

  • What exactly is the cost of new TLDs to businesses?
  • How will it impact consumers?
  • Just how is our national security undermined by new TLDs?

February 3, 2009
9:30am - 10:30am
Alston & Bird LLP / 950 F Street, NW / Washington, DC

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Nicholas Clarke
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Phone: 212.210.1222
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