Internet Visionaries Convene In Geneva To Discuss Future Of The Web

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By Rachel Marusak Hermann for Intellectual Property Watch

The 2012 Global INET Forum is uniting some of the architects and builders behind the internet with the industry leaders and policymakers who are shaping it today in an event taking place in Geneva from 22-24 April.

Organised by the Internet Society, the conference theme, “Meeting at the Crossroads: Imagining the Future of the Internet,” covers some of the major issues facing the internet and its development. Topics include balancing governance and freedom, defining intellectual property rights and encouraging innovation, developing structures and policies to support billions of new users, and managing privacy issues.

The complete agenda is available here.

A speaker roster stacked with key internet actors include Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, Mitchell Baker, leader of the Mozilla Project, and Dr. Leonard Kleinrock, developer of ARPANET, the predecessor to the internet. Other keynote speakers include Francis Gurry, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization; Hamadoun Touré, secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union; Vint Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist of Google; and Lynn St. Amour, president and CEO of the Internet Society.

Additionally, marking its 20th anniversary, the Internet Society will open its Internet Hall of Fame by inducting its inaugural class of honourees at the Awards Gala on 23 April.

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