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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Kathryn Kleiman – ICANN’s Multistakeholder Process: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd Floor Open Space
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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) provides one of the oldest example of the “multistakeholder model,” a private governance structure which allows technologists to work with users and other interested groups to create rules for new technologies, especially on the Internet. Kleiman, a 20 year veteran of ICANN, co-author of many DNS policies, and CITP fellow, will outline the structure of ICANN’s multistakeholder model and share her candid thoughts on its strengths and shortcomings. Should ICANN’s model continue to be romanticized as the “ideal type” of structure for other global and regional technical policy negotiations? The discussion will ensue!


Kathryn Kleiman is a visiting research scholar at CITP. She is a technologist and lawyer and part of the group that founded ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). As a co-founder of ICANN’s Noncommercial Users Constituency, she works for fair and balanced policies in the global domain name system and helped draft the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS), Proxy Privacy Accreditation (PPSAI). She served as director of Policy for The Public Interest Registry and co-lead of the Internet Law & Policy Group of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. Her research interests include the structure and balance of private Internet governance systems, algorithmic fairness, privacy enhancing technologies, policy processes of free expression and intellectual property, and untold stories of the diversity of computing pioneers.

No RSVP required for current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Open to members of the public by invitation only. Please contact Jean Butcher at  if you are interested in attending a particular lunch.

To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Jean Butcher, , 609-258-9658 at least one week prior to the event.