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Internet Community Organization at World Sunmit Outline

Peter Godwin (
Fri, 4 Nov 2005 15:47:12 +0100

Geneva, Switzerland - 4th November 2005 - Many of the Internet
community organisations that enable the processes for the development
and administration of the Internet will host the 'Internet Pavilion'
(stand 1323) at the 'ICT 4 all' exhibition at the World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, 15-19 November 2005.

Organisations at the 'Internet Pavilion' will include the Internet
Society (ISOC), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Number
Resource Organization (NRO), the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (ICANN), the London Internet Exchange (LINX), the
Council of European National Top level Domain Registries (CENTR) and
the African ISP Association (AfrISPA).

The pavilion theme is 'The Internet -- How does it work, Who makes it
work'. It will offer WSIS attendees a clear understanding of the
issues involved in the successful coordination of the Internet's
technical infrastructure, including the importance of building on the
proven success of the inclusive and established processes that have
fostered its incredible growth.

"Coordination and collaboration between the many organisations that
play a role in Internet administration and development is vital,"
commented Axel Pawlik, NRO Chairman. "The industry partners hosting
the 'Internet Pavilion' at WSIS will show how cooperation is
fundamental to the stability of the Internet."

The 'Internet Pavilion' will demonstrate how participating
organizations represent the evolving needs of the global Internet
community through an open, neutral, bottom-up, collaborative and
inclusive multi-stakeholder framework. The specific roles of each
organisation in Internet administration and coordination will be

"This is a crucial time for all those with an interest in the future
of the Internet," explained Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the
Internet Society (ISOC). "We encourage direct participation of any
interested party in reinforcing the success of the existing mechanisms
that have been built and driven by the Internet community."

With regard to the results of the WSIS process, Ms. St. Amour asks
that governments and other stakeholders remind themselves that
decisions should be taken with the interests of Internet users in
mind. "At the end of the day, the WSIS should protect the openness of
the Internet and promote ways of facilitating access for those who
wish to benefit from this incredibly valuable medium," said
Ms. St. Amour.

The 'Internet Pavilion' brochure can be found at:

Participating groups are:

The Internet Society (ISOC) is a not-for-profit membership
organisation providing leadership in Internet related standards,
education, and policy. For over 13 years ISOC has run international
network training programs for developing countries and these have
played a vital role in setting up the Internet connections and
networks in virtually every country connecting to the Internet during
this time.

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has provided leadership in
the development of Internet standards for nearly 20 years. The IETF is
a large open international community of network designers, operators,
vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet
architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. It is open to
any interested individual.

Number Resource Organization (NRO)

Formed by the Regional Internet Registries to formalise their
cooperative efforts, the Number Resource Organization exists to
protect the unallocated Number Resource pool. It also promotes and
protects the bottom-up policy development process, and acts as a focal
point for Internet community input into the RIR system.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an
internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has
responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation,
protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code
(ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server
system management functions.

London Internet Exchange (LINX)

LINX is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation, which connects the
networks of Content Delivery and Internet Service Providers so that
traffic may flow more efficiently between them.

Council of European National Top level domain Registries (CENTR)

The Council of European National Top-Level-Domain Registries, CENTR,
is an association of Internet Country Code Top Level Domain Name (TLD)
registries (such as .uk for United Kingdom, .it for Italy, .es for
Spain). CENTR has a European focus, but no geographical restrictions
to membership which includes a number of non-European registries,
including some emerging countries. CENTR membership is responsible for
95% of all domain names currently registered worldwide.

African ISP Association (AfrISPA)

AfrISPA is a continental Association of African Internet Service
Provider Associations whose primary objective is to provide industry
perspective on policy formulation and regulation as it relates to the
Internet industry and to act as an interface with Governmental bodies
and the public at large.


General information about the 'ICT 4 all' exhibition is available here:


Peter Godwin
Communications Manager
Internet Society
Tel: +41 22 807 1447

'Internet Pavilion' contact:
Paul Rendek
Head of Member Services and Communications
Mobile: +31 655782348

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