DUBLIN – 8 May, 2015 – Between 18-22 October this year, Dublin will be buzzing as the global Internet community descends on it in full force. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in partnership with the local Ireland host, the Internet Neutral Exchange Association Limited (INEX), will hold its 54th public meeting, ICANN 54, at The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), which is expected to attract 2,200 delegates.
“The CCD is a landmark building on Dublin’s skyline and, since its inauguration in 2010, has become known for its world-class facilities and services,” said Nancy C. Lupiano, Director Meetings, ICANN. “The location of the event at The CCD is ideal. Situated right in the heart of Dublin, ICANN 54 participants will have the opportunity to experience all the city has to offer. The CCD is ideally located within walking distance of all the hotels and great amenities, guaranteeing delegates a real feel for Dublin.”
The ICANN public meetings provide the platform where global DNS (domain name system) policies and procedures get agreed, as well as the opportunity for plenty of business to be done in the margins. Ireland has become an increasingly popular location in Europe for Internet-oriented businesses. Many of the largest Internet companies in the world are building significant teams and infrastructure within the country. This is partly due to the commendable ongoing efforts, commitment and investments from the Government and other agencies.
“We’re very excited about our ICANN meeting in Dublin for many reasons. One of which is that it will be taking place at a pivotal moment in the history of both ICANN and Internet Governance. This autumn is the target date for the US Government transition of its stewardship of the so-called IANA functions, and we would then be on our way towards an independent ICANN with the Internet’s global multi-stakeholder community directly in charge of the growth and sustainability of the Internet’s underlying architecture,” said Jean-Jacques Sahel, VP Europe Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN, further adding, “It will also have been two years exactly since the release of the new gTLD programme and ICANN 54 will be the first real opportunity to get a tangible assessment of progress on the introduction of these new names.”
ICANN 54 will bring together a diverse international Internet community with their local counterparts to explore and discuss a broad range of Internet-related topics; Internet Governance issues, ICANN’s accountability and globalisation strategies, the role of ICANN in the global Internet ecosystem, the new generic Top-Level Domain Program, and initiatives for increasing competition on the Internet domain name space.
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About The CCD
The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Ireland’s first purpose-built international conference centre, is situated in Spencer Dock on the banks of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. The multi award-winning venue is configured to accommodate conferences from 8 to 8,000 participants in 22 purpose-built meeting rooms and on six spacious foyer levels. Its iconic design includes a 2,000-seat auditorium, 4,500 square metres of exhibition space and banqueting facilities for up to 3,000 guests. The CCD offers the latest technology throughout its flexible and delegate-friendly venue, including complimentary Wi-Fi, with an experienced and passionate team delivering ‘exceptional service’. The CCD is committed to sustainability and best practices and has secured ISO Certification for quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) management systems, as well as the British Security Standard (BS7499). The CCD has won a total of 27 industry awards since opening, including being named as one of the top four Convention Centres in the World at the AIPC Apex Awards 2012 and winning Gold for ‘‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Gold for ‘Access Excellence’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012, and ‘Best Overseas Conference Venue’ at the C&IT Awards 2013.
For more information, please visit www.theccd.ie
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ICANN's mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.
For more information, please visit www.icann.org
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INEX is a neutral, industry-owned Association, founded in 1996, that provides IP peering facilities for its members. INEX membership is open to all organisations that can benefit from peering their IP traffic and there are currently 75 members. INEX members are predominantly a mix of internet based content networks and internet access networks. INEX provides its members with the technical facility to pass Internet traffic between their networks.
For more information, please visit www.inex.ie