Submitted Proposals

Organization: CYBERLAWS.NET
Title :
13. Legal Challenges Before Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The proposed workshop aims to bring forward the various legal issues and challenges that are facing the subject of internationalised domain names or IDNs across the world.  This aspect is extremely important as the next round of growth of the Internet is pertaining to IDNs. There are various legal issues and challenges that remain to be sorted out and be fully addressed before the entire phenomenon of IDNs can be called as a success. The proposed workshop will try to address some of the major issues raised by the following questions.  What are those legal challenges facing IDNs?  What are the complexities of these major legal challenges before IDNs?  How can these complexities be addressed today in the context of the Internet as it is growing?  What role can ICANN perform in the direction of legal enablement of IDNs?  What is the role of local communities in legally trying to regulate IDNs?  Other related issues concerning IDNs will also be sought to be discussed under the proposed workshop

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

  • Ram Mohan, Vice President and CTO of Afilias
  • Tina Dam, manager, ICANN
  • Khaled Fattal, MINC
  • Other relevant subject experts

This is a nascent area and work is beginning to happen on as we as time passes.  There are not many people in the area of addressing the relevant legal issues concerning IDNs.  However we would be happy to approach the relevant people for their willingness to participate in the proposed workshop.

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

The name of the organiser of the workshop shall be Cyberlaws.Net ,Cyberlaws.Net, The Cyberlaw Consultancy, is Internet's unique and first ever consultancy dedicated exclusively to the new field of Cyberlaws.

We will take appropriate steps to abide by the multi-stakeholder principle by inviting the relevant stakeholders who are in the area of IDNs legal issues.  We will also take care of geographical diversity to ensure that the potential speakers are from different geographical areas.  In the present case , Ram Mohan is the from the US, Khaled Fattal is from UK and Pavan Duggal is from India.  We will also try to take care of  gender balance.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Yes the proposed workshop provides different perspectives on the issues under discussion.  The entire issue pertaining to legal challenges concerning IDNs is very vast and growing as the time passes by.  The proposed workshop aims to highlight some of these major challenges and also seek to identify the areas of how the challenges can be appropriately addressed by the relevant stakeholders as also by ICANN  and the world community at large.

Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
This workshop will definitely address issues relating to Internet Governance as it is dealing with IDNs and their legal regulation which it is crucial for the further growth of Internet in the coming years.  The present workshop conform to the Tunis agenda , especially para 53. The proposed workshop is a step towards understanding the legal issues and challenges surrounding multilingualization of the Internet, as part of a multilateral, transparent and democratic process, involving governments and all stakeholders, in their respective roles. In this context, the proposed workshop would further aim to advance the process for the introduction of multilingualism in a number of areas including domain names, e-mail addresses and keyword look-up. The proposed workshop will also try to address issues that will allow for the presence of multilingual domain names and content on the Internet and the use of various software models in order to fight against the linguistic digital divide and to ensure the participation of all in the emerging new society.

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
Cyberlaws.Net President Pavan Duggal , as President of Cyberlaw Asia, was the co-organiser of the IGF workshop on cyber crime Legislative responses at IGF, Rio 2007, alongwith Council of Europe.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
Pavan Duggal was a co-organiser and speaker and the IGF workshop on cyber crime Legislative responses at IGF, Rio 2007 , organized by Council of Europe and Cyberlaw Asia.  The workshop report was submitted by Cyberlaw Asia to the lead organiser of the workshop, being Council of Europe.