[NA-Discuss] At-Large ICANN Board Seat

Annalisa Roger Annalisa at sfbayisoc.org
Thu Aug 26 07:34:53 UTC 2010

Aug 23, 2010

Applicants Sought from Internet User Community
for Seat on Board of Directors

The ICANN group representing individual Internet users is calling for
applications from those who may be interested in helping to develop policy
while serving on the organization’s Board of Directors.

ICANN’s At-Large community (representing individual Internet users) is
undertaking a global search to fill a Board seat reserved an Internet user
who does not represent a particular government, corporate or non-profit

“This is all about providing a voice for the average everyday Internet
user in the global non-profit organization charged with coordinating the
Internet addressing system,” said Cheryl Langdon-Orr, the Chair of the
At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC).  “ICANN wants to hear from all
segments of the Internet community, including the individuals who often
simply feel they don’t have a voice in policy formation.”

ALAC is looking for someone with a broad international perspective and a
background in Internet users’ interests, consumer policy and/or civil
society worldwide.  The At-Large Board member would have a voice in the
numerous ICANN issues which help define the organization, such as:

•	The expansion of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) – that portion of a
web address name at the end of an address name (i.e., .com, .org, .asia,
etc.).  ICANN is considering how best to expand the current list of 21 to
include a vast variety of names and words.

•	Guidance on the implementation of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs),
which allows for the introduction of Internet address names formed from
non-Latin based languages, where scripts such as Chinese, Korean or Arabic
will be used in the last portion of an address name.

•	 The transition from IPv4 to IPv6.  This change in Internet Protocols
will vastly expand the available number of global Internet addresses,
since the current IPv4 addresses are quickly diminishing.

“The Internet is defined by its unique ability to give everyone a voice,”
said Langdon-Orr. “This is an opportunity to extend that concept of
inclusion to ICANN’s top level.”

Interested parties can obtain more information by writing ICANN’s Board
Candidate Evaluation Committee at BCEC-Request at icann.org.  The deadline to
apply for the At-Large Board seat is September 6, 2010.


To read more about the ICANN’s At-Large Community’s search for a Board
member and the process for application, go here:

To read more about ICANN’s At-Large Community go here: 

CONTACTS:			Brad White – Director of Global Media Affairs
			Washington, DC USA
			Ph: +1 202.570.7118
brad.white at icann.org

Michele Jourdan – Media & Marketing Coordinator
Los Angeles, CA USA
Ph. +1 310.301.5831
michele.jourdan at icann.org

Heidi Ullrich – Director for At-Large
Los Angeles, CA USA
Ph: +1 310.578.8647
Heidi.ullrich at icann.org

ICANN’s mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet.
To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into
your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so
computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique
identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have
one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit
public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world
dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It
promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique
identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop
spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its
coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an
important impact on the
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