RE: [gnso-dt-wg] Domin tasting ad hoc group statements of interest - 22 August 2007
I am Vice President of Corporate Development and Policy for The Go Daddy Group, Inc. The Go Daddy Group companies include eight ICANN accredited registrars including GoDaddy.com, Inc. GoDaddy.com is a member of the Registrars Constituency of the GNSO and I am its Registered Representative. GoDaddy.com is a member of the dotMOBI Advisory Group (MAG). I represent GoDaddy.com on the MAG. I am on the MAG Steering Committee and have been appointed by the Steering Committee to represent the MAG on dotMOBI Policy Advisory Board (PAB). The MAG and PAB, among other activities, are involved in recommending policy to mTLD, the dotMOBI Registry Operator. GoDaddy.com is also a member of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB). The USCIB is a member of the Business Constituency of the GNSO. Our primary interest in the USCIB is the DNS and Internet Identifiers Working Group. GoDaddy.com recently acquired a small interest in Afilias Limited for investment purposes. GoDaddy.com and Afilias USA recently formed a joint venture dba Alliance Registry, in which Afilias USA is the managing member and assumes authority and responsibility for all day-to-day registry operations. GoDaddy.com has been an outspoken critic of domain tasting due to its adverse affects on potential registrants and our concern that such affects will harm the reputation of and further erode consumer confidence in our industry. Tim Ruiz GoDaddy.com -------- Original Message -------- Subject: [gnso-dt-wg] Domin tasting ad hoc group statements of interest - 22 August 2007 From: "GNSO.SECRETARIAT@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <gnso.secretariat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Date: Wed, August 22, 2007 11:33 am To: gnso-dt-wg@xxxxxxxxx Dear All, Please see the statments of interest for the domain tasting ad hoc participants and observers. Please let me have your updates by COB on Friday 24 August 2007. Sophia Bekele Patrick Cain Edmon Chung Paul Diaz Avri Doria Chuck Gomes Alan Greenberg Caroline Greer Seth Jacoby Adrian Kinderis David Maher Margie Milam Ram Mohan Jon Nevett Mike Rodenbaugh Kristina Rosette Tim Ruiz Greg Ruth Jay Westerdal In addition, the following participants have asked to subscribe to the group, and need to send updated statements of interest, please by COB on Friday 24 August 2007. CBUC Marilyn Cade Sarah Deutsch Phil Lodico Mike O'Connor IPC David Steele Laura Mather NCUC Danny Younger Registar C Francesco Cetraro Mason Cole Robert Connelly Jeff Eckhaus Jothan Frakes Seth Jacoby John Kane Peter Lamson Bill Mushkin Paul Stahura Peter Stevenson Ricardo Vaz Monteiro gTLD Registry C Jeff Neuman Observers Rod Rasmussen - APWG Thank you very much. Kind regards, Glen Statement of Interest SOPHIA BEKELE - Nominating Committee appointee to the GNSO Council I represent a California based, privately held company, CBS Enterprise Group, which is engaged in international business. As part of its portfolio of services, the company provides systems integration services through CBS International, which delivers domain registration, web hosting and email services to end users via a reseller, agreement with registrars. Less than 10% of CBS's business is derived from these services. In my personal capacity, I do not have any of my moneys, invested in companies that are in the registrar businesses. I do not believe that any activities of the Council or ICANN could have a material effect on the work I do at CBS International. PAT CAIN - observer 1. Current occupation, employer and position. I am a research fellow and evangelist with the APWG (www.antiphishing.org). The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is the global pan-industrial and law enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types. The APWG acts as a clearinghouse for best-practices relating to deterring online fraud and crime, and collects, aggregates, and distributes discovered fraudulent domain and URL data to members, research partners, law enforcement, and filtering and anti-virus vendors to prevent. I also own a small network security consulting company using my multi-year experiences as an ISP security officer to the benefit of my customers. 2. Type of work performed in 1 above. My work involves technical interactions with the APWG's data repository, blind contact system, and investigative partners. I am also part of the APWG public education group that presents technical and statistical data to other parties and public forums. 3. Financial ownership or management leadership of registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in Whois. None. 4. Nature of your interest in Whois. Our researchers maintain that fraudulent domains collect most of their victims within the first four or five hours of operation. Our mission includes identifying fraudulent domains to be included in browser and mail-relay filter lists and working to get the fraudulent domain disabled as quickly as possible to reduce the number of phishing victims. Fraudulent contact data in a domain record makes this quite hard. Hiding domain and contact data so it is harder to quickly identify suspicious URLs in a domain just creates more victims and generates more false positives. EDMON CHUNG - gTLD Registries Constituency I am currently serving as the CEO for DotAsia Organisation Ltd. DotAsia is the registry operator and sponsor for the ICANN Sponsored gTLD ".ASIA". DotAsia is a not-for-profit membership based organization incorporated in Hong Kong. The current members of DotAsia includes 20 ccTLDs (".AF", ".BT", ".CN", ".ID", ".IN", ".IR", ".JP", ".KH", ".KR", ".KZ", ".MN", ".MO", ".NU", ".NZ", ".PH", ".SG", ".TJ", ".TW", ".UZ" and ".VN") in the Asia community and 3 regional organisations: APNIC, APNG and PAN. APNIC is an RIR in the ICANN ASO. Prior to joining DotAsia, I was the Creative Director of Afilias Ltd. Afilias is the registry operator for the ICANN gTLD ".INFO". Afilias also provides registry services to other ICANN gTLDs, including ".ORG", ".AERO" and ".MOBI", as well as other ccTLDs including ".IN", ".AG", ".GI", ".SC", ".HN", ".BZ", ".VC", ".MN", ".LA", and ".SG". PAUL DIAZ - Registrar I am a full-time employee of Network Solutions, LLC where I currently serve as the Policy & Ethics Manager. Network Solutions is an ICANN-accredited registrar offering gTLD and ccTLD domain name registration and Web presence services to our small business customers. Network Solutions also has two affiliated, ICANN-accredited registrars, NameSecure L.L.C. and TLDS L.L.C d/b/a SRSplus. I am not in possession of any registry sensitive or proprietary information. To the best of my knowledge, I have no ownership interest in any entity that currently has business before the GNSO or ICANN. Further to my previous Statement of Interest, my daily responsibilities include handling ICANN-related issues, corporate advocacy at the local, state and federal levels, and administering Network Solutions' business ethics program. I have no ownership interest in Network Solutions or its affiliated registrars, nor in any current registry operator. Network Solutions and its affiliated registrars intend to offer IDN registration services in the future. AVRI DORIA - Nominating Committee appointee to the GNSO Council I am an independent research consultant and an adjunct professor at Lule University of Technology in Sweden. I also have a recurring contract with the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as a consultant to its secretariat. I have no employment, contract, financial interest, share ownership or any other business relationship with ICANN, registries or registrars except as a registrant of several domain names. As part of my volunteer activities I give advice to various representatives of indigenous nomadic and semi-nomadic populations on Internet topics which include the possibility of obtaining an TLD. I am currently involved in activities that may lead to the creation of an non governmental organization (NGO) whose primary purpose would be to assist indigenous groups as well as populations from the less developed nations, NGOs active in representing the needs of these populations, and other advocacy groups, in obtaining a presence on the Internet. These activities may involve providing assistance in obtaining a TLD, including assistance in raising the necessary funding for a TLD, when that is an appropriate solution to their goals. http://psg.com/~avri/icann-stmt-interest.html CHUCK GOMES - gTLD Registries Constituency I am Vice President of Policy and Compliance for VeriSign, Inc. VeriSign is the registry operator for the .com and the .net gTLDs and also provides backend registry services in support of Global Name Registry for the .name gTLD and Employ Media for the .jobs gTLD. VeriSign is also the registry operator for two ccTLDs, .cc for the Cocos and Keelings Islands and .tv for Tuvalu. As an employee who supports VeriSignï¿½s naming services business, I do often have access to Registry Sensitive information including information about registrars. With regard to both our gTLD and ccTLD registration services businesses as well as other VeriSign businesses, our customers and business associates have interests in various ICANN policy issues and may be members of other GNSO constituencies and/or supporting organizations. In addition to registry agreements with ICANN for .com and .net, VeriSign also has obligations to the U.S. Department of Commerce through a cooperative agreement that was initiated in 1993 and has been amended many times since then. Those obligations include providing the A and J root servers as well as support to ICANN in implementing changes in the root zone file. As such, VeriSign is a member of the DNS Root Server System Advisory Committee and also works closely with IANA staff in the processing of root zone changes. As a representative elected to the GNSO Council by the unsponsored gTLD registry members of the gTLD Registry Constituency (RyC), I am required by the Constituencyï¿½s Articles of Operation to represent the views of those members and the full Constituency as applicable, not my own or VeriSignï¿½s. In that regard, I will endeavor to always qualify any personal statements as such and will follow-up with the RyC to obtain their position. I own shares of VeriSign stock and hold options to purchase additional shares, but the amount of shares I currently own plus the potential shares I could possibly own if I exercised all options is a miniscule number relative to the total number of VeriSign shares. ALAN GREENBERG - At Large Advisory Committee liaison to the GNSO Council Other than my ALAC and GNSO participation, I have neither a business relationship nor substantive any involvement with either ICANN or organizations significantly affected by decisions or recommendations made by ICANN or its constituent bodies. CAROLINE GREER - gTLD Registries Constituency I am Policy Director for mTLD Ltd, the Registry responsible for the .mobi TLD. I participate in the gTLD Registry Constituency. dotMobi is the first top level domain dedicated to delivering the internet to the mobile phone. mTLD is sponsored by a consortium of thirteen companies, two of which (Nokia and Telefónica) are members of ICANN's Business Constituency. dotMobi signed its contract with ICANN in July 2005 and began operations in May 2006. dotMobi is required to reserve certain names and these reserved names are identified in Appendix 6 of the .mobi Agreement. dotMobi also has 'Premium Names' listed in its Product List (Appendix S of the Agreement). These names are commonly used words and phrases that are allocated on an other than first-come-first-served basis and therefore must first be reserved by the Registry and held back from general allocation. dotMobi will allocate such names using auction and Request for Proposals ('RFP') processes, the latter of which centers on content suggestions from the market. The purpose of the RFP process in particular is to stimulate growth of the mobile internet market and help deliver new features and services to the mobile community. SETH JACOBY - Registrar February 1, 2007 I am the Vice President of Search and Navigation for VendareNetblue which is the parent company of Basic Fusion, Inc. Basic Fusion is an ICANN accredited registrar and a member of the ICANN Registrars Constituency. VendareNetblue actively acquires strategic domain names, and in the event certain reserved domain names are released, VendareNetblue may have an interest in acquiring such names. VendareNetblue is also interested in how the potential sale of single letter domain names may be used to fund ICANN's operations, and as a result, reduce the financial burden placed on registrars. ADRIAN KINDERIS - Registrar Constituency I am Managing Director of AusRegistry Group Pty Ltd a company based in Melbourne, Australia and an ICANN accredited Registrar and member of the Registrar Constituency The AusRegistry Group of companies includes, AusRegistry Pty Ltd, the Registry Services provider for all second level .au domain names and AusRegistry International Pty Ltd, a Registry Consultancy Service. I hold the position of Director in all companies above. None of the companies within the AusRegistry Group are affiliated with any gTLD Registry operator with the exception of AusRegistry Pty Ltd of which Afilias has a minority shareholding. I am not in possession of any gTLD Registry proprietary or sensitive information, nor have I ever been. I am not an officer, director, consultant, or employee of any other member of this Constituency or any other ICANN Constituency. DAVID W. MAHER - gTLD Registry constituency 1. I am Senior Vice President - Law and Policy of Public Interest Registry (PIR), a nonprofit corporation responsible for management of the registry of the .ORG top level domain. From 1999 until 2002, I was Vice President - Public Policy of the Internet Society. In 2002, I became founding Chairman of the Board of Public Interest Registry, and served in that capacity until August, 2004. I am currently Chair of the Registry Constituency of the GNSO. I am a member of the Bar of New York, Illinois and Wisconsin and a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office. I am a director of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, Inc. I am a retired partner of the law firm, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in the US, and have no connection at this time with any of its present or former clients. I am a member of the WIPO Arbitration & Mediation Center Panel of Neutrals. I am a member of the Visiting Committee to the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, a member of the American Law Institute and various other professional organizations, but have no policy making responsibilities in any of those organizations. 2. As Senior Vice President - Law & Policy, I advise PIR on legal and policy issues and perform other executive functions. 3. Senior Vice President - Law and Policy of Public Interest Registry (PIR), a nonprofit corporation responsible for management of the registry of the .ORG top level domain. PIR is required by its contract with ICANN to maintain a WHOIS function for the registry. 4. PIR is committed to the principle that some means must be found to protect the privacy of personal data in WHOIS, while recognizing that law enforcement agencies and some other bodies have a legitimate interest in access to the data. MARGIE MILAM - Registrar I am the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of MarkMonitor, Inc., an ICANN accredited registrar based in Boise Idaho,and am responsible for MarkMonitor's ICANN policy initiatives. MarkMonitor is the leading corporate domain registrar focusing primarily on managing the large and complex global domain portfolios of multinational corporations. MarkMonitor provides additional value added services to its corporate clientele, such as online brand protection and fraud prevention services. MarkMonitor is an active user of WHOIS information for the purposes of (i) its registrar related business, (ii) its brand protection reports as a service provider to entities seeking to protect against online infringement, and (iii) its anti-phishing services as a service provider to financial institutions and governmental agencies in detecting phishing attacks, identifying the fraudsters, and providing take down services. My primary interest in working with this group is to provide information regarding how WHOIS is legitimately used by service providers, registrars and intellectual property interests, and to assist in the development of policy that can accommodate these interests as well as privacy concerns. MarkMonitor is a member of INTA, IACC, Anti-Phishing Working Group, and LES. I currently serve as MarkMonitor's representative on the ICANN Registrar Constituency, and serve on the Internet Committee of IACC and the INTA Services Committee. MarkMonitor is also a member of the Intellectual Property Constituency. I am also a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues, and have coordinated and participated in seminars on WHOIS related issues. Prior to joining MarkMonitor, I was a partner with the Los Angeles global law firm, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman, representing many international clients with respect to general corporate and intellectual property issues. RAM MOHAN - gTLD registries c. I manage business operations, strategy and technology for Afilias Limited, the ICANN designated registry operator of the .INFO gTLD. Afilias is the registry services provider for several gTLD, sTLD and ccTLD registries, including .ORG, .MOBI, .ASIA and .AERO. I own shares in several registrars and registries. In do not own a material number of shares in any instance, and am not a controlling shareholder or board member. Afilias is keenly interested in IDNs, has a commercial interest in the launch of IDNs, and intends to apply for IDN TLDs. JON NEVETT - Registrar February 1, 2007 I am Vice President of Network Solutions, LLC, responsible for policy, government affairs, and business ethics. Network Solutions includes three ICANN accredited registrars, each of which may benefit from the possible release and registration of reserved names. The benefit, if any, will depend largely on the allocation process if the release of such names is approved. Network Solutions is a member of the Registrar Constituency ("RC") of the GNSO. In May 2006, I was elected Chair of the RC. While I was not elected by the RC to serve on this Working Group, I am on the Executive Committee of the RC and have an obligation to present and discuss various RC members' views to the Working Group as they are made known to me. Network Solutions also is a member of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB). The USCIB is a member of the Business Constituency of the GNSO. Our primary interest in the USCIB is the DNS and Internet Identifiers Working Group, of which I am Co-Chair. The USCIB includes members who will have an interest in the allocation of reserved names at the second level. The primary interest of Network Solutions, and I believe other registrars within the RC, is to examine how the potential release of single-letter second-level domain names might be used to provide funding to ICANN and reduce the funding burden on registrars. There are many other issues that this Working Group has been asked to consider. I have no pre-conceived opinions on those issues. MIKE RODENBAUGH - Commercial and Business Users Constituency I am employed full-time by Yahoo! Inc., as Senior Legal Director. I have been elected to the GNSO Council by the Commercial and Business Users Constituency. Yahoo! is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo!'s mission is to connect people to their passions, their communities, and the world's knowledge. I engage ICANN issues from Yahoo!'s perspective as a premier online brand and diversified business, highly valuing the perspectives of our customers, partners and users. Yahoo! has hundreds of thousands of online business customers and partners which advertise and provide services to our global audience.We are interested in seeing all of these businesses succeed and grow.These businesses work with Yahoo! because we have earned one of the world's largest audiences, requiring that the 'user perspective' remain extremely important to us always. And, of course Yahoo! is a famous brand that is extremely challenging to protect and enforce online, worldwide. I believe businesses of all types and sizes share our interest in the rapid growth of internet commerce, balanced with fair protection of existing property interests. I look forward to working with the Council to address the many serious issues that existing businesses encounter as a result of ICANN policy. KRISTINA ROSETTE - Intellectual Property Interests Constituency I am employed as a Special Counsel by Covington & Burling LLP Covington), a general practice law firm with over 600 lawyers in five offices in three countries. I am resident in Covingto's Washington, DC office and am a member of the District of Columbia bar. I specialize in Internet and trademark matters, and represent trademark owner clients in connection with such matters. Among my responsibilities, I develop and implement offensive and defensive domain name registration, Internet monitoring, and enforcement strategies; reclaim domain names through negotiation, arbitration (under the UDRP, .biz STOP, and .mobi Sunrise Challenge policies, thus far), and litigation; and advise clients on the use of keywords and sponsored links. In connection with advising firm clients of generally noteworthy trademark- or Internet-related developments, I have also provided information and updates on domain name system developments (e.g., posting of reports for public comment, announcements of new policies such as the Domain Name Transfer Policy, .eu Sunrise requirements). All such communications have been, and will continue to be, based solely on publicly available information and documents. From time to time, I register or acquire in my own name domain names for firm clients. I am currently the registrant of several domain names, both on behalf of firm clients and in an individual capacity. From time to time and as circumstances warrant, I have completed and submitted Whois Data Problem Reports on behalf of firm clients. Since 2004, I have been a member of the Registration Practice and DNS Administration Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association's Internet Committee. I have determined that Covington does not represent ICANN and does not represent any clients in matters in which ICANN is an adverse party. Covington did represent the International Cooperative Alliance in connection with the formation and establishment of DotCooperation LLC, the .coop registry operator, but that matter has been closed for some time. I have also determined that Covington neither represents any gTLD or sTLD registry operator in matters relating to its capacity as a registry operator nor represents any client in matters adverse to such registry operators as registry operators. Based on the responses to my inquiries, Covington does not represent any ccTLD registry operator in its capacity as a registry operator nor does it represent any client in matters adverse to any ccTLD registry operators as registry operators. To the best of my knowledge, Covington does not represent any ICANN-accredited registrar in its capacity as a registrar nor does it represent any firm client in a matter adverse to a registrar as registrar. From time to time, Covington has represented firm clients in intellectual property matters adverse to registrars, and it is likely to do so periodically in the future. I have not been involved in such matters. It is possible that a firm client is an ICANN-accredited registrar, but, if so, Covington does not represent it in such matters. TIM RUIZ - Registrar January 29, 2007 I am Vice President of Corporate Development and Policy for The Go Daddy Group, Inc. The Go Daddy Group companies include eight ICANN accredited registrars, each of which may benefit from the possible release and registration of reserved names. The benefit, if any, will depend largely on the allocation process if the release of such names is approved. GoDaddy.com, one of the Go Daddy Group registrars, is also in the process of becoming a member of the dotMOBI Advisory Group (MAG). I will represent GoDaddy.com on the MAG. The MAG, among other activities, is involved in recommending policy to mTLD, the dotMOBI Registry Operator. Such policy recommendations could involve issues around the release of reserved names. I do not have and, to my knowledge, the MAG does not have access to any registry proprietary information. GoDaddy.com is a member of, and I am CTO and Vice Chair of the Registrars' Constituency of the GNSO. While I was not elected by the Constituency to serve on this Working Group, I am on the Executive Committee of the Constituency and feel an obligation to present and discuss various Constituency members' views to the Working Group as they are made known to me. GoDaddy.com is also a member of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB). The USCIB is a member of the Business Constituency of the GNSO. Our primary interest in the USCIB is the DNS and Internet Identifiers Working Group. The USCIB and aforementioned Working Group include members who will have an interest in the allocation of reserved names at the second level. GREG RUTH - ISPCP Constituency I am a Senior Consultant for Verizon Business, a global communications, security and technology provider. My duties consist primarily of providing consulting services. As a multi-national organization, Verizon Business has many customer and vendor relationships, and some of those relationships may include ICANN accredited registrars, registries as well as members of other GNSO constituencies. In the normal course of my duties, I have no knowledge of which ICANN related organizations my company is contractually involved with. My position and responsibilities in Verizon Business do not allow me any decision making power, personal involvement, responsibility or other interest in determining or carrying out the contractual relationships in which my company enters. As a global network provider, my company's interest in ICANN is for the security and stability of the Internet. I do not have any relationships or duties outside my company that would involve any issues of interest to or conflict with ICANN, and my duties in the GNSO. This statement of interest will be maintained at: http://www.icannwiki.org/Greg_Ruth_-_statement_of_interest JAY WESTERDAL - Registrar 1. Current occupation, employer and position. I am the President and Chief Executive Counsel of Name Intelligence, Inc., located in Bellevue, Washington. 2. Type of work performed in 1 above. I am responsible for corporate management and growth. 3. Financial ownership or management leadership of registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in Whois, and 4. Nature of your interest in Whois. Name Intelligence is a domain name registrar. We also operate DomainTools.com, a Domain Information portal. As such, we have an interest in Whois issues. Name Intelligence is a member of the Registrar Constituency (RC) of the GNSO. In May 2006, I was elected Secretary of the RC.