ICANN Studienkreis

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Industry: Internet
Founded: 1999
Website: icann-studienkreis.net
Key People
Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Chairman

The ICANN Studienkreis ("ICANN Study group") is an open network composed of experts in the Internet industry who are dedicated to organizing high-level expert seminars on issues regarding ICANN development and internet governance. Individuals and constituencies from the private sector, government, academic institutions, the civil society and the media participate in yearly conferences organized by ICANN Studienkreis. Speakers have included previous ICANN Directors such as: Vint Cerf, Esther Dyson, Helmuth Schink, Hans Kraaijenbring, Alejandro Pisanty, Michael Palage, Rob Blokzijl, and Andy Mueller Maguhn.[1]


Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the University of Aarhus initiated the establishment of ICANN Studienkreis.[2] Medienstadt Leipzig e.V. / Netcom Institute, an ICANN-recognized At-Large Structure, helped to establish the network in 1999. It was originally intended for the German language internet community, and was primarily supported by ccTLD registries namely DENIC (.de), Switch (.ch and.li), and Nic.at (.at). It has since become internationalized,[3] and is supported by industry companies and organizations such as Verisign, United Domains, Afilias, IronDNS, CENTR, PIR, InterNetX, Key-Systems, DOTZON, EURid, ECO, CEU, CMCS, EPAG Domain Services, and ISZT.[4]

Previous Conferences[5]

  1. Leipzig, March 30-31, 2000
  2. Zürich, February 2-3, 2001
  3. Salzburg, February 1-2, 2002
  4. Berlin, February 3-4, 2003
  5. Aarhus, September 17-18, 2004
  6. Brussels, October 21-22, 2005
  7. Prague, September 25-26, 2006
  8. Warsaw, October 11-12, 2007
  9. Helsinki, September 4-5, 2008
  10. Barcelona, January 21-22, 2010
  11. Budapest, April 28-29, 2011
  12. Oslo, August 23-24, 2012
  13. Pisa, September 12-13, 2013
  14. Sofia, August 28-29, 2014
  15. Amsterdam, August 13-14, 2015
  16. Dubrovnik, October 6-7, 2016
  17. Stockholm, August 24–25, 2017