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The Internet may have started off as a government project, but it didn’t stay one for long. In their new book, “Names, Numbers, and Network Solutions: The Monetization of the Internet” (Foundation for Enterprise Development, 2013), J. Robert Beyster and Michael A. Daniels recount the role of  Network Solutions (NSI) — the private company tasked with assigning dot-com domain names — in the commercialization of the Internet.  Join AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy for a discussion of Internet governance, cybersecurity, and related issues, featuring former NSI chairman Daniels.

For more information about this book, please visit Books will be available for purchase at the event, and Daniels will sign copies.

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5:15 PM

5:30 PM
Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI

5:35 PM
Book Presentation:
Michael A. Daniels, Former Chairman of Network Solutions

6:00 PM
Mark Kosters, American Registry for Internet Numbers

6:15 PM
Question-and-Answer Session

6:30 PM:
Wine and Cheese Reception

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Guro Ekrann at [email protected], 202.862.5882.

Media Contact Information

For media inquiries, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829.

Speaker Biographies

Michael A. Daniels is former chairman of Network Solutions Inc. (1995–2000), former chairman and CEO of Mobile365 (2005–06), and former chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. As one of the senior executives of SAIC, Daniels helped build SAIC to its current $11 billion in annual revenues. While at SAIC, he identified and purchased Network Solutions for $4.7 million in March 1995, and was then instrumental in the company’s sale five years later to VeriSign for $19.3 billion. He also served on the board of directors of VeriSign. Daniels joined the board of Apogen Technologies in May 2004 and worked closely with its executive management team to build and then sell Apogen in September 2005 for $300 million in cash. While at Apogen, he also became the chairman of Mobile365 in May 2005. In November 2005 he became CEO and chairman and worked with the board of directors to reposition the company for a November 2006 sale to Sybase. He joined Sybase’s board of directors in May 2007 and served on the board until Sybase was sold to SAP for $5.8 Bbillion in July 2010. Additionally, Daniels served on the board of directors of Telcordia Technologies (1998–2003), which was purchased in 1997 for $650 million and sold in 2003 for $1.3 billion. He has also served with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as a senior White House adviser on international technology, and as a senior adviser to the National Security Council. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Mercury Systems, CACI International, Acentia, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council. Daniels also serves as chairman of the board of GlobalLogic, the Logistics Management Institute, and Invincea.

Jeffrey Eisenach is a visiting scholar at AEI and director for AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Eisenach has served in senior positions at the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. At AEI, he focuses on policies affecting the information technology sector, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Eisenach is also a senior vice president at NERA Economic Consulting and an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches Regulated Industries. He writes on a wide range of issues, including industrial organization, communications policy and the Internet, government regulations, labor economics, and public finance. He has also taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Mark Kosters is the chief technology officer of the American Registry for Internet Numbers, responsible for all engineering initiatives within the organization, leading both development and operations. He has more than 23 years of experience as an applications developer, networking engineer, technical manager, and executive. Over the last 18 years, he has been a senior engineer at Data Defense Network NIC, chief engineer and principal investigator under the National Science Foundation–sponsored Internet NIC, and vice president of research at VeriSign. Over his career, Kosters has been involved in application design and implementation of core Internet client/server tools, router administration, UNIX system administration, database administration, and network security. He has represented network information centers in various technical forums such as the Internet Engineering Task Force, RIPE, Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre, African Network Information Center, Caribbean Network Operators Group, and North American Network Operators’ Group.

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