The Internet Ecosystem & ICANN
April 29, 2013 12:50pm - 2:00pm
The Internet Ecosystem is made up of a number of organizations and processes that shape the coordination and management of the global Internet and enable its overall functioning. These organizations include: technology and engineering organizations, network operators, resource management organizations, users, educators and policy-makers. These organizations have demonstrated, established roles in administering the Internet’s technical infrastructure. These technologies, resources and services are all highly interdependent and require a significant amount of coordination. That coordination has allowed the growth and stability of the Internet. As one of these organizations, ICANN is responsible for the protocols and standards that ensure basic communications and for the resources that direct those communications around the Internet as well as a coordination role of the Internet’s Naming system. In this talk, Steve Sheng will discuss ICANN's role, remit, recent initiatives, and current hot issues.
Steve Sheng is a technology policy researcher at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and a Non-Residential Fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Steve has done research on a variety of issues at the intersection of technology and policy. His current research focuses on a range of technical and policy topics related to the Internet’s Identifier system. Steve holds a PhD in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon where he studied online security as a member of the Cylab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) research laboratory. His findings have been featured in media outlets such as the Associated Press, Ars Technica, and Network World. The software artifacts Steve designed protect Internet users world wide from phishing and other social engineering attacks.