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Internet Governance – What the Year Ahead Holds

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Olswang Asia, 10 Collyer Quay, 5/F Ocean Financial Centre

This forum was a special event hosted by Olswang and jointly organized by the Singapore chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC), TRPC and the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) as one of the many events during ICANN 52.  

Chatham House rules apply.

About the Forum

ICANN 52 took place in Singapore in February 2015, ahead of what is likely to prove one of the most significant years for the Internet and for the user community – or communities, given the pervasiveness of today’s Internet. ICANN’s contract with the US Dept of Commerce to oversee administration of the root numbers and names expires in September and proposals for the transition of stewardship to a multi-stakeholder body are now being developed for the first rounds of public review.

In a multi-polar world, a greater role is expected for the Government Advisory Committee (GAC). There are several challenges. As more generic Top Level Doman names (gTLDs) are being issued, there are more challenges ahead over the right to use certain names. For example, the Belgium city of Spa has objected to the creation of .spa as a gTLD and likewise governments along the Amazon river have opposed a push by to make .amazon a gTLD. There is expected to be a growth in litigation and disputes around copyright, IPRs, unfair competition issues, deceptive trade practices, etc. These are some of the nuts and bolts issues that affect all stakeholders and the user community, and ICANN’s regional HQ, set up in Singapore in 2013, is focused on addressing them for the region.


  • Kuek Yu-Chuang, VP & Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, ICANN – the agenda ahead
  • US Dept of Commerce(tbc) and/or NITA (tbc)
  • Cyberspace Administration of China (tbc)


  • Aileen Chia, Deputy Director General, IDA
  • Rob Bratby, Managing Partner, Olswang Asia, IIC Singapore, FCBA




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