“Formalizing how ICANN can work together with IISI will help both organizations reach out to the broader Russian Internet community and build increased awareness of issues like Internationalized Domain Names, IPv6 uptake, cybersecurity and domain name development,” said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN’s President and CEO. “This MoU is mutually beneficial since it will ensure both organizations have a direct connection into what is happening in the global Internet.”
The goal of the MoU is cooperation and information sharing on issues related to Internet governance, IP addresses, and the Domain Name System (DNS). To make this happen ICANN and the IISI will work to:
Promote the exchange of information in the field of Internet policy, and Internet security;
Promote the exchange of publications and documentation on current activities of each party;
Support the organization of workshops and conferences, and;
Investigate the possibility of organizing joint seminars and projects.
“Together we found very constructive common language and understanding of the issues facing both organizations,” said Vladislav Petrovich Sherstyuk, IISI’s director. “IISI is looking forward to the next concrete steps, and I am confident in the positive results to come.”
The MoU was signed at the Second International Forum on Partnership Among State, Business Community And Civil Society In Ensuring Information Security in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. This year the organizers of the meeting include IISI, ICANN, the International Academy for Sustainable Development and Technologies at the University of Karlsruhe, and the German-Russian Forum The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies is also participating in the event.
A copy of the signed MoU, which was approved by the ICANN Board on 23 January 2008, will be available on the ICANN website.