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Public Interest Registry rejigs Advisory Council, seeks nominations - ITREALMS

The Public Interest Registry has rejigged its Advisory Council to combine membership of the formerly separate .org and .ngo advisory councils, just as it seek nominations, reports ITREALMS.

Jon Nevett, president and CEO of Public Interest Registry in a press statement endorsed by Riley McBride Smith and made available to 
ITREALMS, said that this unified group will represent the voice of the .org, .ngo and .ong end user communities to Public Interest Registry.
ITREALMS gathered that the new joint Advisory Council, will serve as intermediary between end-users and Public Interest Registry on everything from technical, to policy, to social issues affecting the internet.

The Council will also provide input and recommendations for new registry strategies, policies, services and education initiatives to meet the needs of the niche communities.
ITREALMS further reports that PIR is now accepting applications, including self-nominations, for five open council seats on the newly merged Advisory Council.

New members, 
ITREALMS report, ideally will have experience working in the domain industry and must have demonstrated commitment to the responsible, ethical and effective use of the internet. English communications skills are preferred as the Council will convene and communicate in English.

"A united Advisory Council representing the interests of both the .org and .ngo user bases will streamline and strengthen Public Interest Registry's advocacy efforts on behalf of the internet community," he said stressing that they look forward to a new Council that represents diverse experience and fresh perspective on how Public Interest Registry can uplift registrants and the important work they are doing around the globe.

In addition, the statement indicated that the Public Interest Registry Board aims to establish a Council composition that is geographically and socially broad and balanced. Members will reflect a diversity of sectors, potentially including, but not limited to, educational, artistic, cultural, human rights, political, religious, poverty reduction, social services, internet technology/domain and scientific sectors.

"No two members of the Council will be from the same organisation, and the Board will work toward selection of an approximately equal representation of small, medium and large organisations. Potential members should display in their nomination a commitment to educating organisations and individuals on technical, policy, social and development issues affecting the internet," PIR stated.
ITREALMS equally reports that the call for Public Interest Registry Advisory Council applications which opened February 7, 2019 and will close April 12, 2019, and the board is expected to make a final decision on Council membership, whereas new members will be notified of their acceptance on April 30, 2019.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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