Thursday, April 03, 2008

NomCom seeks nominees into ICANN

Independent entity in the Internet community, the Nominating Committee (NomCom) is seeking for nominees into the various leadership positions in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its subsidiary agencies.

NomCom was set up under the chairmanship of Hagen Hultzsch and tasked with searching the world for experienced individuals to fill key positions on ICANN’s board and its Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees.

Commenting on the positions available at the moment, Mr. Hultzsch said that his team search includes two board directors, one person to fill the gap in Generic Numbering Supporting Organisation (GNSO) Council member and two fellows to join the At-Large Committee representing Europe and North American regions.

"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 us know," he urged.

He pointed out that 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 happen.

"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.

Highlighting that NomCom is 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.

According to him, the deadline to submit a statement of interest is April 15, 2008, even as there has been 42 statements already received by his office.

This figure, he said, are made up of 40 from men, two from women, 12 from Europe, eight from Asia/Australia/Pacific, five from Latin America/Caribbean, 12 from North America, and six from Africa, adding that candidates count toward more than one ICANN region.

"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.

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