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Influence Forum 07: ICANN’s Paul Twomey keynotes

At the secret gathering of journalists, freelance writers, vendors and a few bloggers they call Influence Forum 2007 hosted by Media Connect, the CEO of ICANN Paul Twomey, who happens to be Australian, gave a deep insight into what he and his organization thinks of the internet’s current trends and issues over lunch.

At least trying to talk when he could between the occasional down-pour.

ICANN for those who don’t know is not just a personal motivation acronym, in fact it is the non-profit organization which oversees the assigning of internet domain names and IP addresses. However Paul reitterated many times that in fact they do not control the internet. No one controls the internet.

Because I’m not skilled enough to eat and write at the same time, I only took some rough notes of what he said.

  • Paul mentioned and gave some weighting to the network neutrality issue in the United States
  • Australia has made a significant contribution to ICANN, if not the largest contributor per capita.
  • There will be a move from “machine-to-machine” to “person-to-person” for the internet.
  • Experimental implementations of IP technology involving cars with IP addresses, every component in an aeroplane with IP addresses, washing machines and electricity meters.
  • Geo-location and geo-indexing capabilities, especially in VOIP with emergency services being able to locate where you are.
  • Voice-based access to network, to reduce barriers to technology.
  • Integrating video gaming-like experiences into services. Example he used was Keyhole/Google Earth, how it was almost like a game.
  • Future growth areas: home security; downloading videos, music, books; pre-recorded television content.
  • Device interaction – placing sensors on common objects such as trucks to record environment data (rainfall, temperature).
  • There will be a cold war between attackers on the internet and defenders.
  • Operating systems are a troublesome source of problems.

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Source:→ Long Zheng’s Blog

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