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Russian IGF-2013 to open in Moscow

The Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ is hosting the Russian Internet Governance Forum (RIGF-2013) for the fourth time. The event which will take place on Aprl 25, 2012, in Moscow's Marriott Grand Hotel, is supported by RAEC and ICANN.

This year, a number of topical questions is to be discussed at the forum, including cybersecurity, legal aspects of the global network, new gTLDs and changes in the global domain landscape, the Internet for youth and e- government.

During the plenary session, the representatives of the Ministry of Mass Communications of the RF, UNESCO and Council of Europe will address the attendees. After the plenary session, Steve Crocker, the chairman of the ICANN board, will speak on the present and future of the multistakeholder model.

The forum agenda includes a set of roundtables. These are: "Transborder or no borders: Internet and its legal aspects", "Creating a playground in the Internet", "Cybersecurity: evasive virtuality", "e-Government: handiness made possible", "Prospects of the Internet governance system", and "Domain industry economy". These topical questions are to be discussed by a number of leading experts from Russia and abroad, representatives of the international intergovernmental organizations, as well as those of Russian government and industrial structures. These include: Ruslan Gattarov (Federation Council of the RF), Wim Degezelle (CENTR, Belgium), John Carr (UKCCIS, Great Britain), Janis Karklins (UNESCO, Latvia), Wolfgang Kleinwaechter (Orhus University, Germany), Konstantinos Komaitis (ISOC, Switzerland), Ilya Massukh (Information Democracy Foundation), Jeff Moss (ICANN, USA), Alena Popova (Open Projects Foundation), Galina Soldatova (Internet Development Foundation), Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi (OECD, Italy), Bertrand de la Chapelle (International Diplomatic Academy, France) and many others.

You can view the agenda at the Forum website. There's no participation fee, but all attendees have to register beforehand.

The event is sponsored by the Technical Center of the Internet, with Kaspersky Lab as an information security partner and TelecomDaily information and analytics agency as an official Internet partner.

The event's information partners are: 3DNews,,,, ITAR-TASS, TASS Telecom,,, COMNEWS, Personal Data, iKS,,,, IT News, IT Manager, IT Expert, PC MAGAZINE/Russian Edition, Mobile Telecommunications and Computerworld Russia.