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Friday, May 18 • 10:30 - 11:45
GDPR is Coming (after WHOIS)

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On the 25th of May 2018, the enforcement of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. The GDPR is a pronounced and extraordinary revision to European privacy law, which will have significant repercussions for the Internet’s Domain Name System.

For over two decades, domain name registrants have been subject to emotional, financial, and in some cases, physical harm, as a result of registering a domain name. This is because when a domain name is registered, sensitive and personally-identifiable information about the registrant is collected and stored in databases that can be accessed by any actor for any reason through WHOIS queries.

The GDPR may well spell the end of the WHOIS service, a protocol used for querying databases that store the name, address, and telephone number of the registrant of a domain name. In this panel, featuring privacy practitioners and experts in the WHOIS service, we will consider the impact of European privacy standards on the global Internet. This will be an interactive panel orientated towards newcomers and will be divided into three segments:

The first part will introduce the Domain Name System and WHOIS, as well as international understandings of and approaches to privacy.
The second part will focus on ICANN and its institutionalised conflict with data protection laws, seeking to provide clarity around ICANN previous reluctant stance on respecting privacy law and protecting registrants from the harm that arises from violating their privacy.
The third part of the session will provide a look ahead, focusing on the enforcement and implementation of the GDPR, looking at ICANN’s preparations (or lack thereof) and the potential consequences that may follow.

Moderators
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Milton Mueller

Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
(TBC) Milton Mueller is Professor at the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Mueller received the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School in 1989. His research focuses on rights, institutions and global governance in communication... Read More →

Speakers
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Avri Doria

Researcher
Avri Doria is a research consultant. She served on the UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) and the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). She served as a member the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat and is a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Adviso... Read More →
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Stephanie Perrin

President, Digital Discretion


Friday May 18, 2018 10:30 - 11:45
206C

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