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Jul 07

What Are the Concerns about Ending the U.S. Contractual Relationship with ICANN?

Due to technical difficulties, a portion of the panel following Sen. Cruz's address has been lost.

Co-hosted by TechFreedom 

The Commerce Department plans to give up its historic role as guarantor of the technical backbone of the Internet. Unless Commerce changes course by mid-August, the “IANA” contract, by which it has supervised the Internet’s domain name system, will lapse at the end of September.

But is the so-called "IANA Transition" a good idea? Should we rush the Transition to get it done before the election, even if it means jeopardizing free expression and enterprise online? Will the proposed accountability and transparency safeguards really be enough? And either way, what might happen in the courts?

More About the Speakers

Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Member, United States Senate

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Berin Szoka
President, TechFreedom

Brett Schaefer
Jay Kingham Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs, The Heritage Foundation

Paul McGrady
Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP and Chair of Trademark, Domain Names and Brand Enforcement Practice

Philip Corwin
Founding Principal, Virtualaw LLC

Jonathan Zuck
President, ACT | The App Association

Moderated by
Greg Thomas
President, Governance+Economics+Technology|Institute on Transformation