Internet Security Days: Encryption Must Be Suitable for the Masses

  • Cryptography products are not user-friendly enough

  • Internet Security Days presents new technologies for protection of digital identity

  • Tickets available: Early Bird Tariff available until 11.08.2016

Every Internet user has a vested interest in the security of their personal data. For the transfer and sharing of sensitive information, security should be an absolutely fundamental requirement. And yet, cryptography is barely ever used in everyday life – or even in business– because the applications are too complicated and time-consuming. Security experts will explain the dangers this situation poses – and elaborate on the conditions required for wide distribution of encryption – at the Internet Security Days on 22 and 23 September in Phantasialand in Bruel, near Cologne.

The security conference is being organized this year by eco – Association of the Internet Industry for the first time in collaboration with Heise Medien. Speakers like the cryptography specialist Klaus Schmeh and the cyber-crime expert Mikko Hyppönen are eagerly awaited. Visitors can take advantage of the early-bird price for tickets to the conference until 11 August 2016.

Security in the cloud and in the Internet of Things

Further focuses of the security event will be security for the cloud and for IoT, two technologies where sensitive data often needs to be transferred and stored, and which are therefore subject to higher security standards. Due to the increasing spread of these technologies, and the creation of entire economic sectors that are dependent on them, new products and strategies are necessary to take account of these developments.

Cyber-crime endangers society as a whole

However, cyber security does not only play an important role for the economy – it’s also vital for the home computer. In times where power grids, nuclear power stations and traffic lights are all digitally linked, cyber security must be understood as a responsibility for society as a whole. As a result, a further emphasis will be placed on this topic, with presentations on the darknet, nation state attacks, and cyber war. The program will largely be conducted in the German language. Details of the agenda can be found at


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OX Summit 2016

Summit, Executive Brunch & River Cruise

OX Summit connects the key decision-makers from hoster, telco, cable and mobile carriers to exchange the valued business insight and technology expertise that regional and global providers need to transform their growth.

This is the industry & portfolio showcase that connects ISV's and service providers – who are changing the status quo of legacy Internet models – to share just how important partnerships matter.

Set directly on the banks of the River Main, and within easy walking distance to the train station, the futuristic Westhafen Pier 1 is the perfect venue for the open exchange of ideas.

See OX website for full agenda and free registration

BREXIT – Challenges for the Domain Industry

27 July 2016, 12.00-13.00 UTC – remote meeting

BREXIT is posing multiple challenges on the domain industry. Many registries have local presence requirements only allowing for individuals and companies residing in the European Union to register domain names.

  • Will UK registrants now loose their domain names?
  • How will registries and registrars world wide cope with the challenge?

Join the discussion!

eco – Association of the Internet Industry is setting up a BREXIT sub-working group to facilitate a discussion on the policy and administrative questions.

An inaugural remote meeting is going to take place
on 27 July 2016, 12.00-13.00 UTC.

Please contact Lars Steffen ( to sign up and receive dial-in details.

Presentation & Discussion: Hybrid Global Outreach Event

ICANN56 Helsinki – 28 June 2016, 1:30-2:30 pm, Helsinki Hall

eco – Association of the Internet Industry is planning a global concerted initiative consisting of virtual and physical meetings to inform and educate about domain names, doing business online and broader internet governance topics.

The session on Tuesday at ICANN56 in Helsinki shall be an opportunity to help shape this initiative so that the ICANN community, amongst others, can best benefit from it. Join to learn more about this initiative and give us feedback to make this event a benefit for everyone. The outreach event will likely take place at the end of November 2016.

For questions and feedback, please contact Lars Steffen ( or Thomas Rickert ( We thank ICANN to support this initiative providing the conference room and resources.

Note that this session is not shown on the official ICANN agenda.


Please RSVP via this form by 10 June 2016

Remote participation details will be sent the week of 13 June 2016

The ICANN Policy Development Support Team will provide a Policy Update Webinar on Thursday, 16 June 2016 at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC, in preparation for the upcoming ICANN Policy Forum in Helsinki. The purpose of the webinar is to summarize policy activities across the ICANN policy development community and briefing the community on the Cross-Community sessions taking place in Helsinki.

Cross-Community Sessions Briefings

  • ICANN Accountability & Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG) Update
  • Charter for the Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG) on the use of new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Auction Proceeds
  • Draft Framework of Principles for Future Cross-Community Working Groups
  • New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process (PDP)
  • Next Generation generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Directory Service (WHOIS) Policy Development Process (PDP)
  • Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in all generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) Policy Development Process (PDP)

Supporting Organizations & Advisory Committee Updates

  • Address Supporting Organization (ASO) and Regional Internet Registries (RIR) Policy Development
  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
    • ICANN Operational Plan & Budget
    • Country & Other Geographic Names Forum
    • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
    • GNSO Review
    • Possible Modification of the WHOIS Conflicts with Local Law Procedure
    • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and At-Large Community
    • Policy Advice Development
    • Next Steps on the At-Large Review
    • Activities at ICANN56, including Outreach and Engagement and Regional At-Large Organizations (RALO) Sessions
    • Government Advisory Committee (GAC)
    • 2-Character Labels and Country Names as Second Level Domains in New generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)
    • Advice Effectiveness
    • Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation
    • International Governmental Organization (IGO) Acronyms Protections in New generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)
    • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Advisory
    • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)
    • Publications
    • DNSSEC Workshop

The two sessions are duplicates, scheduled to accommodate different time zones. Each session runs for 90 minutes and will be conducted in English. The webinar will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function in Adobe Connect.

Recordings of the webinars will be made available here. The Policy Development Support Team is always available to answer any questions via email at

Please RSVP via this form by 10 June 2016.
Remote participation details will be sent the week of 13 June 2016.