[bc-gnso] Nominating Committee election
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- Subject: [bc-gnso] Nominating Committee election
- From: "Rick Anderson" <RAnderson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:11:40 -0600
Thanks for the election reminder, Gary, and thanks Ron Andruff and Marilyn Cade
for nominating and seconding me.
I am delighted that we have two good candidates for the large business BC seat
on the Nominating Committee, and encourage members to be sure exercise their
vote for one or the other of us.
For my part I have been involved with ICANN for about five years, and have
attended about a dozen Board meetings. I also serve as an elected director of
CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registry Authority, the not-for-profit organization
mandated by the Canadian Government to operate the .ca ccTLD. Beyond ICANN, I
am Executive Vice President of Interborder Holdings, a multibillion-dollar
private enterprise in financial services, mutual funds and real estate, with
headquarters in Canada and operations in the USA, Germany, Singapore, Japan,
Hong Kong and Malaysia.
I have also been quite involved in politics for over 30 years, including as a
national campaign manager for the party currently in power in Canada, and have
provided regular commentary on political affairs to major broadcast and print
This is an important time for ICANN, and for the Business Constituency. The
NomCom's role in recruiting the right people for the ICANN Board, and for other
key ICANN bodies, is crucial. If you permit, I will touch on just three key
topics for which I think reaching to recruit the right talent is particularly
First, the post-JPA era is fraught with challenges. Most probably, none of the
three ICANN "government accountability" options most commonly identified
(continuing mandate from US DoC, no mandate from any government(s) at all, the
unhappy morass of the ITU) completely fit the bill. As always with ICANN, what
we are doing is unique. Evolving our multi-stakeholder consensus-based approach
will be a major challenge over the next few years for the Board, and for the
rest of the ICANN community, requiring the best minds we can find.
Second, the portfolio of IP issues have created an unhealthy dichotomy between
IP rights and entrepreneurship, a Hobson's choice most of us in business do not
wish to choose between. My firm operates dozens of websites in support of our
various businesses in different parts of the world, and therefore has been
pressed into hundreds of defensive registrations which are (as we all know) a
major hassle to mange without error. It is tempting to say stop, already, and
to try to freeze things as they are and save ourselves extra hassle. Yet, we
value the Internet as a wide open place where creativity and entrepreneurship
are moulding the most exciting developments in commerce and communications,
reshaping the way we do business, inform and educate ourselves, interact
socially, govern our countries, and be entertained. We in the business
community cannot let the understandable and necessary urge to protect our
rights strangle the entrepreneurship driving the evolution of the web; finding
the right balance is very important.
Third, our own Business Constituency, in my view, is long overdue to change our
ways. This group should be blossoming, with hundreds or thousands - not dozens
- of business participants contributing to and learning about ICANN's important
governance of the domain name world. Instead, we have let our constituency
deteriorate into a comfortably-small clique, in which too few enterprises
participate, and even fewer are genuinely engaged, or listened to. Some of our
internal arguments border on the petty.
More crucially, we have lost our distinctiveness. ICANN does not particularly
need two IP constituencies, nor two registrar constituencies. Our external
positioning has drifted from having constructive common cause with others of
like mind into being a bit too replicative of other constituencies.
Consequently the broader global business community does not yet have the
engagement and voice and impact it should have with ICANN. Changing our own BC
model of ICANN participation is pretty important to fixing that, yet for two
years we have dragged our feet, stretching out a status quo which may be
comfortable in certain ways but is not terribly effective.
The Nom Com has important work to do. Its Charter includes recruiting and
appointing representatives not only to the ICANN Board - a major challenge -
but also to ALAC, the GNSO Policy Council, and the ccNSO.
All of these bodies must be well-equipped with senior, experienced and able
If you entrust me with your vote, I assure you I will do my best to see that
this is the case.
EVP, InterBorder Holdings Ltd
cell: (403) 830-1798
To: BC gnso
Sent: Thu Sep 17 07:45:17 2009
Subject: [bc-gnso] Nominating Committee election reminder
Nominating Committee Large Business
A reminder that the voting period for this election closes at midnight in your
time zone tomorrow, Friday 18 September. Principle contacts of membership
organisations should return ballots to me before that time at the secretariat
Please let me know if you would like me to send you another ballot form.
Thank you to those members who have already voted.
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