2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Giving the Internet Away? ICANN Explained

Friday, March 11
3:45PM - 4:45PM

JW Marriott
Salon 5
110 E 2nd St

Global Internet Governance doesn’t seem all that sexy, but this panel will explore why it can literally be a matter of life or death. In March 2014, the U.S. announced that it will relinquish oversight over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). We've heard the critics scream that the U.S. is "giving away our Internet to Russia and China," but is that really the case? Both sides of the IANA transition debate have talked about protecting the open Internet, and making sure that it is preserved as the greatest free speech tool on the planet. This panel explores how Congress is working with entrepreneurs throughout the Internet community to ensure those goals.

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Christian Dawson



Christian Dawson is President of web hosting provider ServInt. He was a founder of the Save Hosting initiative, designed to galvanize web hosting providers in matters of public policy, and is curre...

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David Snead

Co-Founder/Chairman/Public Policy Working Group Chair

Internet Infrastructure Coalition

Rachel Wolbers

Legislative Dir

TwinLogic Strategies

Suzan DelBene at SXSW

Suzan DelBene


US House of Representatives

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington state’s 1st Congressional District, and was first sworn into Congress in November 2012. The 1st District of Washington is home to Nintendo of Amer...

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