[AfrICANN-discuss] Volunteers needed for ICANN leadership positions, nomination deadline nears

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Mar 21 12:26:39 SAST 2008

Time Running Out to Make the Internet Your Business

Volunteers needed for ICANN leadership positions, nomination deadline nears

20 March 2008

***MARINA DEL REY, Calif.:* Time is running out to make the Internet your
business and put your name forward to join the global leadership volunteers
who help the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers coordinate
the polices and process that shape the future of the Internet.

"If you want to be a part of ICANN's exciting work on bringing the languages
of the world to domain names, and creating more choice for consumers by
allowing for the creation of new Internet extensions beyond the ones
currently available like .net or .org, now is the time to let the us know,"
said Hagen Hultzsch, Chair of the Nominating Committee (NomCom). "ICANN's
global team of Internet leaders is working on some of the biggest changes to
the Internet since it was created – and this is the chance to help make that

The Nominating Committee is independent of ICANN and is tasked with
searching the world for experienced individuals to fill key positions on
ICANN's Board and its Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. The
following positions are being filled this year:

   - 2 Board Directors
   - 1 GNSO Council member
   - 1 ccNSO Council member
   - 2 ALAC members (who will represent Europe and North American

"The ICANN leadership team is a dedicated group of volunteers from across
the world who have helped shape the Internet used by more than a billion
people globally. The coordination work done by ICANN has provided a
foundation for businesses across the globe—and fostered operations that rely
on the Domain Name System's ability to connect them to customers and
business partners," said Hultzsch. "We're looking for volunteers to join
this team and work alongside people who come from in the technical field,
who are leading policy experts, and even individuals who helped create the
very foundations of the Internet."

The deadline to submit Statements of Interest is 15 April 2008 23:59 UTC.

"Beyond its responsibilities for keeping the Internet secure, stable, and
interoperable, ICANN's mission is to grow and evolve its global
multi-stakeholder decision-making process, so it is the individuals who make
up the wider Internet community who direct and decide the Internet's
future," Hultzsch added.

There have been 42 Statements of Interest received so far:

   - 40 from men
   - 2 from women
   - 12 from Europe
   - 8 from Asia/Australia/Pacific
   - 5 from Latin America/Caribbean
   - 12 from North America
   - 6 from Africa
   - Some candidates count toward more than one ICANN region.

Of the candidates, 34 have declared a willingness to serve on the ICANN
Board, 23 have stated they would serve on the GNSO Council, 20 have declared
a willingness to serve on the ccNSO Council, and 13 have offered to serve on
the ALAC. Some candidates have asked to be considered for more than one

ICANN covers travel expenses related with ICANN duties. Information on
applying is available at
The 2008 Nominating Committee does not anticipate extending the nomination
period as it has done in previous years.

*About ICANN: *

ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of
unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes
like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that
help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of
these resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global
stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's
ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized,
public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit:

*Media Contacts:*

Jason Keenan
Media Adviser, ICANN
Ph: +1 310 382 4004
E: jason.keenan at icann.org

International: Andrew Robertson
Edelman (London)
Ph: +44 7921 588 770
E: andrew.robertson at edelman.com
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