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[alac] FW: [council] Dr. Michael Geist Candidate statement

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  • Subject: [alac] FW: [council] Dr. Michael Geist Candidate statement
  • From: Bret Fausett <bfausett@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 09:06:04 -0700

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Sent: 5/26/06 1:46 AM
Subject: [council] Dr. Michael Geist Candidate statement

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Dear Council members,

Please see attached the candidate statement from Dr. Michael Geist.
Below is a plain text version.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michael Geist
Candidate Statement ? ICANN Board Seat 14

Thank you for considering my candidacy for the ICANN Board Seat 14.  In 
this statement, I will highlight my experience and qualifications for 
the board position as well as outline my chief priorities should I be 
named to the board.


I am a law professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, where 
I hold the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.  I have 
obtained law degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada; 
Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, and Columbia Law School in 
New York.  My work focuses on a wide range of Internet law related 
issues including Internet governance, digital intellectual property 
issues, privacy, and spam.  I am a regular columnist on these issues 
appearing in media outlets in Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South 

In addition to traditional scholarship, I am actively involved in the 
national and global policy arena.  In Canada, I am currently a member of 
the Privacy Commissioner of Canada?s expert advisory board and I was the 
co-chair of the legal group of the National Task Force on Spam. 
Internationally, I have worked on Internet governance issues with 
several organizations, co-chaired a major Internet jurisdiction project 
for the American Bar Association and the International Chamber of 
Commerce, and appeared at more than 150 conferences around the world 
over the past ten years.

My interest in ICANN and Internet governance comes from both my 
scholarly and policy activity.  From a scholarly perspective, I have 
published on the ICANN UDRP as well as on the interaction between 
national governments and ccTLDs.  On the policy front, I have served on 
the board of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) since 
2000, twice elected by CIRA members and currently as the representative 
of Internet users.  During my nearly six years on the board, I have 
worked to increase transparency, public participation in CIRA matters, 
and the adoption of policies that benefit the broader public interest. 
I also served as the Chair of the Policy Committee of the Public 
Interest Registry?s Advisory Council from 2003 ? 06.  In that capacity, 
I worked on issues such as UDRP and WHOIS reform from a dot-org perspective=

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