ACU lawyer contributes to global internet policy-making.
Dr Heather Forrest, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Law, will represent brand owners worldwide at the 48th meeting of ICANN, the international internet policy authority, to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 17-22 November.
Dr Forrest has served on ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency since her nomination to the constituency in 2009. The group contributes to the development of internet domain name policy, particularly as this affects intellectual property owners’ legal and business interests. The recent expansion of names at the level of .com has provoked critical questions about how domain names are allocated when there are competing interests in a name and when governments object to a name’s use. Earlier this year, Dr Forrest met ICANN’s CEO and senior staff at the authority’s US headquarters in Los Angeles to discuss these critical issues which have an impact on the internet’s future use and growth.
Dr Forrest has been invited to participate in the ICANN Leadership Program, in Buenos Aires the week before the upcoming ICANN meeting. The program is designed to cultivate leadership and meeting facilitation skills to meet the needs of the highly dynamic, global and multicultural multi-stakeholder governance model that ICANN is best known for.
“I am keen to develop my participation within ICANN and will take full advantage of the program as an opportunity to better understand and engage with ICANN processes and other groups within the ICANN multi-stakeholder structure. It is an honour to represent the Intellectual Property Community and have their confidence of my potential as a leader in the internet community.”
ICANN meetings are held three times each year on a rotating geographic schedule to facilitate participation by corporate, technical, government and academic participants from all continents.
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Photo: (Above) At the Durban, South Africa meeting in July, Dr Forrest joined a group of ICANN volunteers on Nelson Mandela’s birthday to paint Chesterville Secondary School, in one of Durban's inner city townships.