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IT leaders to discuss cyber security and Internet addressing

Ross O. Storey | March 18, 2011
Singapore to host key world Internet meeting in June 2011

More than 1,000 members of the world's infocomm establishment and government will gather in Singapore in June to discuss key management issues relating to the Internet.

Issues likely to be discussed include the possible addition of new generic top-level domains, expanding IPv6 Internet address protocols, and strategies to combat online cyber security threats.

The Lion City Singapore will host the 41st Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Public Meeting from 19 - 24 June 2011 at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit organisation that coordinates the global Internet addressing system. Focused on keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable, it promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers.

Meetings rotated

The Corporation holds three public meetings each year, rotated among countries in the five different regions of North America, South America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa and attracts more than 1,000 participants from the industry and governments.

The key meeting will be hosted by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and its subsidiary, the Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC).

SGNIC is the central registry delegated by ICANN to administer the Internet domain name space in Singapore. It collaborates with international, regional and local Internet communities to ensure a stabilised and efficient operation of the '.sg' domain name space in support of applications provided over the Internet.

The IDA's deputy chief executive and director-general (telecoms & post) Leong Keng Thai said the IDA and SGNIC looked forward to welcoming the ICANN board of directors and delegates to Singapore. 

"IDA and SGNIC actively participate in ICANN meetings and are delighted to host this platform for key international discussions about the Internet," Leong said.

Rod Beckstrom, ICANN's president and CEO said: "The fact that the Internet reaches almost 78 per cent of its population tells us that Singapore understands and appreciates the importance of this remarkable communications network."



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