Steve Crocker, an Internet pioneer and globally recognized expert, will deliver a Signature Lecture at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on the challenges and threats to the open and shared governance of the Internet system.

His address, “When Less is More: The Past and Future of the Multi-Stakeholder Model of Internet Governance,” will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Mr. Crocker, who is chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will discuss the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance following his participation in ICANN’s 46th public meeting in Beijing, China.

Mr. Crocker has been involved in the Internet since its inception and was part of the team that developed the protocols for the Arpanet and laid the foundation for today’s Internet. For his work on the Request for Comment series of notes, which laid the foundation for the open architectural structure of the Internet Protocols, he was awarded the 2002 IEEE Internet Award. He was also selected among the initial group of members of the Internet Society’s Internet Hall of Fame Pioneers. In 2011, he was elected chair of the ICANN board.

ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. Since its inception in 1998, ICANN has belonged to a modest ecosystem of organizations that provides coherence to the Internet’s growth and utility. It plays an important role in the expansion and evolution of the Internet through its coordination of the Internet’s naming system.

CIGI invites media to cover this free public event. Members of the media can register in advance by emailing Kevin Dias, CIGI communications specialist, at [email protected].  Members of the public who want to attend in person can find more information, including how to register, by visiting http://www.cigionline.org/events/when-less-more-past-and-future-of-multi-stakeholder-model-of-internet-governance. Those who are not in Waterloo or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the live-webcast at no cost by visiting the same link for registration.

Event: CIGI Signature Lecture: “When Less is More: The Past and Future of the Multi-Stakeholder Model of Internet Governance,” featuring Steve Crocker

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: CIGI Campus

67 Erb Street West

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Steve D. Crocker has been involved in the Internet since its inception. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while he was a graduate student at UCLA, he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the Arpanet and laid the foundation for today's Internet. He organized the Network Working Group, which was the forerunner of the modern Internet Engineering Task Force and initiated the Request for Comment (RFC) series of notes through which protocol designs are documented and shared. For this work, Mr. Crocker was awarded the 2002 IEEE Internet Award. Mr. Crocker earned his B.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in computer science at UCLA, and he studied artificial intelligence at MIT.

MEDIA CONTACT:
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Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]

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