New Zealand’s contribution to the Global Management and Governance of the Internet

Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 08:30 to 12:30

New Zealands contribution to the Global  Management and Governance of the  Internet


3 March

8.30am – 12.30pm

Free Entry

A seminar organised by the  United  Nations Association of New Zealand, with support from the  NZ National Commission for UNESCO

Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre 2

Pipitea Campus, Victoria University  of Wellington

The Internet is ubiquitous and  is an essential component of modern social and  economic life. Despite this, Global  Internet management and governance has and  is proceeding largely ‘under the  radar’  from the  point of view of the general public.

Over  the  past 20 or so years  Internet governance has been the  subject of intensive international and  political  debate and  activity amongst a small group of experts drawn  from the  technical community, business and  civil society. It has involved  considerable tensions amongst governments and between governments and  the private sector, and  even  featured in the  recent Presidential elections in the  US.

Over  this time  a small group of New Zealanders have  been active  and  highly influential  in the international debates.

The seminar will consist of presentations by a panel of speakers drawn  from this group.

Programme outline






8.30 – 8.45





8.45 – 9.00


Introductory remarks


Frank March


9.00 – 9.35


NZ involvement in the World Summit


Winston  Roberts


on the information Society  and  its






9.35 – 10.10


ICANN, its structure, responsibilities


Keith Davidson


and  stakeholders including its



relationship to .nz management



10.10  – 10.30


Morning  Tea



10.30  – 11.10


NZ Government involvement in ICANN


Nicola Treloar


and  other internet governance related



areas, including ITU



11.10  – 11.50


The politics of the transfer  of ICANN


Jordan Carter


accountability and  oversight from the



US Government to the ICANN multi-



stakeholder community



11.50  – 12.30


Open Forum


Panel of all speakers


The future  and  ongoing issues



Discussion  and  questions




Frank March was a senior  advisor  in the communications policy groups of MBIE and  is a past  President of InternetNZ. He has represented New Zealand at meetings of the International Telecommunications Union, the Governmental Advisory Group of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and  Numbers (ICANN/GAC) and  the Internet Governance Forum.


Winston Roberts works in the Department of Internal  Affairs at the National Library. He attended the first World Summit on the Information Society  in Geneva in 2003 and  the second in 2005.  He contributed to ensuring that the need for and  role of humanities disciplines and  libraries formed a significant  part  of the output statements of the WSIS process.


Keith Davidson is a past  President of InternetNZ and  worked  extensively over many years within ICANN on a range of groups representing the interests of domain name holders and  country code top  level domains. In 2016 Keith was awarded the ICANN Multi-stakeholder Ethos Award.


Nicola Treloar  is a Senior Advisor at MBIE. Until recently, she was the New Zealand representative on ICANN/GAC and is involved  in a range

of other ad hoc international discussions and governance issues.


Jordan Carter is the CEO of InternetNZ. He was closely involved  with discussions on the devolution of governance responsibilities away from the US Government to an international non-governmental body  representing ICANN’s global  multi-stakeholder community




To register for this event please visit our Eventbrite page


For any enquiries please contact Paul Oliver on 021 034 2870.


The  United Nations Association of New Zealand

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