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Internet Week in Karelia: TLDCON 2023 Experts Gave Lectures for Students

During the Internet Week in Karelia, organized by the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ with the support of the Administration of the Petrozavodsk City District, Petrozavodsk State University, the Petrozavodsk Technical School of Municipal Economy and the MediaWeb, there were lectures, interactive master classes, lessons and quizzes held in educational institutions of Petrozavodsk.

On September 11, at the Institute of Economics and Law of Petrozavodsk State University, Ekaterina Kalinicheva, partner and Head of the practice for protecting intellectual property on the Internet at the law firm Semenov&Pevzner, gave a lecture to students on “How to Protect and Protect Intellectual Property on the Internet.” She noted that almost every student is a creator and author of pieces of work, and answered questions about what to do if intellectual rights are violated, and how not to infringe on someone else’s intellectual property.

Two lectures for students of the Physico-Technical Institute of Petrozavodsk State University were held on the same day. Maria Kolesnikova, Chief Analyst of the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ, Head of the Russian Working Group on Universal Acceptance, gave a lecture on the state and development of the Russian language on the Internet and the Universal Acceptance of Cyrillic domain names and email addresses. Maria pointed out that while the Internet expanded and 2/3 of the world's population became connected to the global network, concerns developed over the support of user national languages for both the creation and consumption of material as well as for Internet addressing. She also told how the world’s largest Cyrillic domain .РФ contributes preservation and development of the Russian language on the Global Network.

And Center’s infrastructure consultant Vadim Mikhailov gave a lecture on the latest gains in the integration of internationalized Internet identifiers, such as domain names and email addresses, into the multilingual ecosystem of the Global Network. At the beginning of the lecture, Vadim gave a brief historical overview of the methods of information exchange and their development, spoke about the basic principles of domain and email addressing, as well as the nuances of internationalization in it. The lecturer made a short excursion into the current work of expert communities (IETF, Unicode Consortium, W3C, ICANN, etc.) with a brief overview of the industry standards they have developed. He highlighted the work of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group, as well as the project of the Coordination Center “Поддерживаю.РФ” and presented an overview of software solutions and libraries that can be used to bring the infrastructure into a state of readiness for working with internationalized mail and domain names. In conclusion, Vadim spoke about homoglyph attacks and methods of countering them at various levels of professional communities.

The president of the law company "Internet and Law", professor, doctor of legal sciences Anton Sergo delivered a presentation on the legal aspects of Internet websites to the legal students of the Petrozavodsk Technical School of Municipal Economy in between other events. The lecturer spoke about the legal regimes of domain names and protected means of individualization, and also reviewed current judicial practice in the field of domain disputes.

Evgeniy Kuskevich, the Head of the .SU domain registrar, also spoke to technical students about current technological issues with critical infrastructure.

Ilona Stadnik, an assistant at the Department of American Studies, Faculty of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, delivered a lecture on Internet Governance on September 12 at the Institute of Economics and Law at PetrSU. In her speech, Ilona touched on various aspects of Internet Governance: from what is generally understood by the concepts of “Internet” and “Internet Governance” to the role of international organizations and other stakeholders in global processes related to the Network.

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