Governance of the Domain Name System and the Future Internet

8 Sep 2014 - 9 Sep 2014

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Governance of the Domain Name System and the Future Internet:

Legal, Economic and Political Challenges


8–9th September 2014

Gamle Logen, Grev Wedels plass, Oslo


[Draft Program, 26.05.2014]


Day 1 – Monday 8th September 2014

0915    Coffee / tea / fruit

0945    Welcome:

Lee A. Bygrave (University of Oslo (UiO))


Morning session: Law and economics of DNS governance

Chair and moderator: Lee A. Bygrave


1000    New gTLDs: Legal and economic issues

Tobias Mahler (UiO)

The presentation assesses the ongoing expansion of the gTLD namespace, focusing on the gains and losses it causes for various stakeholders. The assessment treats the expansion not simply as a legal regulatory problem but attempts also to canvass it in economic terms, as a market for products and services, subject to economic laws of supply and demand.


1045    Coffee / tea / fruit


1100    Institutional life-cycles in ccTLD governance: Lessons from the case of .au

John Selby (Macquarie University, Australia)

Applying a model based on New Institutional Economics, the presentation examines the governance of the .au ccTLD, particularly in its early years of operation, and thereafter considers the lessons that the case study offers for stakeholders in other jurisdictions


1145    Panel discussion based on presentations by Mahler and Selby

Chair and moderator: Arild Færaas (Aftenposten) [TBC]

Panellists:        Nigel Hickson (ICANN)

Hege Osletten (UNINETT Norid AS)

Martin Boyle (Nominet, UK)

Steinar Grøtterød (Dot Global AS)

John Selby

Tobias Mahler

1300    Lunch



Afternoon session: Internet governance by contract

Chair and moderator: Kåre Lilleholt (UiO)

1345    Internet governance by contract: its rationale, utility and legitimacy

Lee A Bygrave (UiO)

The presentation examines the role of contract in DNS governance and in Internet governance more generally. It discusses why contract is often preferred over statute as a legal tool for such governance. It also assesses the relative utility and legitimacy of contractual regimes, focusing particularly on the regimes established by ICANN and Facebook.

1430    Contract and user empowerment

Emily Weitzenboeck (UiO)

1515    Coffee / tea / fruit

1530    Automated Contracting and the EU Consumer Rights Directive

Christiana Markou (European University, Cyprus)

1615    Discussion of presentations by Bygrave, Weitzenboeck and Markou

            Lead commentator: Karin Sein (University of Tartu)


Day 2 – Tuesday 9th September 2014

0915    Coffee / tea / fruit

Morning session: Internet governance policy development

Chair and moderator: _


0945    Recent policy initiatives: A whirlwind but critical tour

William Drake (University of Zurich)

1045    Coffee / tea / fruit

1100    Discussion of presentation by Drake

Lead commentator: Chris Marsden (Sussex University)

1200    Lunch


Afternoon session (i): Aspects of the human rights dimension in Internet governance

Chair and moderator: _

1245    The international and transnational politics of governance of online expression

            Ben Wagner (University of Pennsylvania)

1330    Privacy post-Snowden

            Ian Brown (Oxford Internet Institute)

1415    Discussion of presentations by Wagner and Brown

Lead commentator: Sophie Kwasny or Lee Hibbard (Council of Europe)

1500    Coffee / tea / fruit


Afternoon session (ii): Aspects of the economic dimension in Internet governance

Chair and moderator: _

1520    The role of the World Trade Organization in Internet governance

            Mira Burri (University of Bern)

1600    Net neutrality, privacy and innovative business models

            Jonathan Cave (University of Warwick)

1640    Discussion of presentations by Burri and Cave

            Lead commentator: Ian Walden (Queen Mary, University of London)

1720    Conference close