12 October 2014

ICANN 51 Monday: Welcome Ceremony, News Conference

ICANN: Global Internet Community to Focus on Internet’s Future at Los Angeles ICANN Meeting

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), 51st Public Meeting in Los Angeles October 12-16. The meeting brings together representatives from government, business, civil society, non-governmental organizations, research institutions and others from across the globe for one of the most important international Internet meetings of the year.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will address attendees on Monday morning, October 13 at 8:30AM PT (details below). The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce, announced earlier in the year its desire to transition the stewardship of some key Internet technical functions to the global Internet community.

ICANN Leaders Will Answer Journalists’ Questions At Opening News Conference, Monday at 12 noon PT (details below). Following the welcoming session, ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé will join Board Chair Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, Global Domains Division President Akram Atallah and Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for North America Chris Mondini in responding to journalists' questions during an international news conference. They will address a wide range of issues, such as the future of Internet governance, issues surrounding ICANN's accountability and the status of the New gTLD Program. Participate remotely via a live video web stream or an international toll-free telephone connection.

Details of the Welcome Ceremony:
WHAT: Welcome Ceremony and President's Opening Session
WHO: Penny Pritzker, United States Secretary of Commerce, Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, and Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors
WHEN: Monday, 13 October 8:30 – 10:00 A.M. PDT (1530-1700 UTC) Time Conversion
WHERE: Los Angeles Room, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California
OFF-SITE ACCESS: Monitor the welcome ceremony via a live video webcast at http://la51.icann.org/en/schedule/mon-welcome.

News Conference Details:
WHO: Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors, Akram Atallah, President of ICANN's Global Domains Division, and Chris Mondini, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement, North America and Global Business Engagement
WHEN: Monday, 13 October 12:00 P.M. – 13:00 P.M. PDT (1900 – 2000 UTC) Time Conversion
WHERE: Olympic Room, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California
OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the news conference via remote access. A live video webcast may be accessed at https://icann.adobeconnect.com/lax51-pressTelephone access may be obtained by dialling an international access number obtained from this list www.adigo.com/icann. The toll free access number in the U.S. is +1.800.550.6865. Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 25594. A recording of the news conference will be posted to the press page of the ICANN web site (http://www.icann.org/en/news/press) after the event.

For a full schedule of events and meetings taking place during ICANN 51 in Los Angeles, go to http://la51.icann.org/en/schedule-full.

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