Wednesday February 19, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
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The Knight Conference Center - 7th Floor
(Please use the Freedom Forum Entrance located on 6th Street NW) 
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001  

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Beyond the Dot 
(202) 499-4421 

Beyond the Dot 2014 

Join fellow Internet users - innovators, policymakers, students, business leaders, academics - to discuss, listen, debate, and explore what's Beyond the Dot.

All-Day Event Pass: $495.00

(members of the press, please contact us for a complimentary pass)

Part 1: What’s Beyond the Dot?

8:00am – 9:00am
Registration and Breakfast

9:00am – 9:10am
Welcome and Introduction

  • Ms. Kathy Baird, SVP, Social@Ogilvy

9:10am – 9:45am
Opening Key Note

  • Mr. Jim Messina, Campaign Manager, 2012 Obama Re-Election Campaign

9:45am – 10:45am
Panel Discussion: “Erasing Geographic and Linguistic Boundaries: .GEOs and Community-Driven Generics”

  • Moderator: Ms. Kathy Baird
  • Mr. Shaul Jolles, CEO, Dot Latin, LLC, .UNO
  • Mr. Will Martinez, Director .GOP Registry, Republican State Leadership Committee, .GOP
  • Mr. Jeff Neuman, Vice President, Registry Services at Neustar, Inc., .NYC
  • Mr. Scott Seitz, President, dotgay LLC, .GAY
  • Mr. Nils Wollny, Managing Director Strategy, SinnerSchrader, .HIV

10:45am – 11:15am
Coffee Break

11:15am – 12:00pm
Panel Discussion: “Governments and gTLDs: New Frontiers of Regulation?”

  • Moderator: Mr. David McAuley, Legal Editor, Electronic Commerce & Law Report
  • Bloomberg BNA
  • Dr. Richard C. Beaird, Sr. International Policy Advisor, Wiley Rein, LLP
  • Mr. Steve Del Bianco, Executive Director, NetChoice 
  • Mr. John Williams, General Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch & Panel Discussion: “Corporate Leadership Discusses Beyond the Dot”

  • Moderator: The Honorable John Negroponte, Former United States Deputy Secretary of State
  • Mr. Guy R. Friddell, III, Executive Vice President, Dominion Enterprises
  • Mr. Sami Hassanyeh, Chief Digital Officer, AARP, Inc.
  • Mr. Scott Jensen, Sr. Director of Interactive Marketing, Extra Space Storage, Inc.

1:00pm – 2:00pm Panel Discussion: “The Right Stuff: Corporate Management of a gTLD”

  • Moderator: Mr. Thomas O’Toole, Managing Editor, Electronic Commerce & Law Report, Bloomberg BNA 
  • Mr. Erwin Cruz, Dir. Intellectual Property Strategy & Management, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
  • Mr. Sean Kaine, Director, Product Management, Neustar, Inc.
  • Mr. Geoff Noakes, Vice President of Business Development, Symantec
  • Mr. Guillaume Pahud, Director of Digital Projects, Richemont International SA 
2:00pm – 3:00pm Panel Discussion:
“What is ICANN and What is Its Role?”

  • Moderator: Ms. Erin Mershon, POLITICO Pro Technology Reporter
  • Mr. Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division, ICANN
  • Dr. Laura DeNardis, Internet governance scholar and Professor in the School of Communication at American University 

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Coffee Break

Part 2: Who’s Beyond the Dot?

3:30pm – 4:15pm
Panel Discussion: "Global Perspectives on What Lies Beyond the Dot"

  • Moderator: Ms. Sarah Langstone, Director of Strategic Partnerships, VERISIGN
  • Mr. Jordyn Buchanan, gTLD Guy, Google
  • The Honorable Erika Mann, Board of Directors, ICANN (Invited)
  • Mr. Peter Van De Wielle, Marketing Manager, TMCH-CHIP
  • Mr. Nils Wollny, Managing Director Strategy, SinnerSchrader

4:15pm – 5:00pm Panel Discussion: “What Lies Beyond the Dot for Internet Users?”

  • Moderator: Ms. Kathy Baird
  • Ms. Anjali Hansen, Deputy General Counsel at the Council of Better Business Bureaus
  • Mr. Ray King, Founder, ICANN Wiki, & CEO, Top Level Design, LLC.
  • Ms. Melissa Madigan, Policy & Communications Director, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
  • Ms. Christie Susko, Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University School of Business, Past President of the American Marketing Association, DC Chapter (AMADC)


A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at the Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel.

Housed in the landmark Tariff Building and within walking distance (.4 miles) from the Newseum, this is also the location for the post-event happy hour on February 19th at 5:15pm. 

The rate for rooms in the event block is $259.00 per night (exclusive of taxes).* To receive this special rate, contact the hotel via telephone at 877-202-5411 and  request Beyond the Dot program block for the nights of February 18, 2014 and/or February 19, 2014.  You may also reserve rooms at the special event rate via this link.

Having trouble with the link? Cut and paste the following address into your browser: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=26731&Chain=10179&arrive=2/18/2014&depart=2/20/2014&adult=1&child=0&group=11160304387

*Please note that there are a limited number of rooms available at this special rate, and we recommend making your reservations as soon as possible.

Hotel Monaco
700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Other conveniently located hotels include

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (0.6 miles from the Newseum)
The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel (0.6 miles from the Newseum)
JW Marriott Washington DC (0.7 miles from the Newseum)