Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) - Nominating Committee, Open Leadership Positions 2012
Posted 23 December 2011
Candidates for all ICANN positions should be women and men with a high level of qualifications and experience with an international outlook including some familiarity with the Internet. They should be prepared to contribute to the collective and collaborative bottom-up policy making processes anchored by ICANN's Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees and the broader Internet community.
ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) selects candidates to fill various leadership positions that will make a valuable public service contribution towards the continued function and evolution of an essential global resource, the Internet. Those candidates will work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe, address the Internet's intriguing technical coordination problems and policy development challenges with diverse functional, cultural, and geographic dimensions, and gain valuable insights and experience from working across boundaries of knowledge, responsibility and perspective.
To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers.
ICANN's mission is: to coordinate, at the overall level, the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems. In particular, ICANN:
ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up consensus-based processes.
The NomCom will use the Criteria for Selection of ICANN Directors contained in Article VI, section 3 of the ICANN Bylaws for the selection of all candidates the NomCom is tasked with selecting. These Criteria are:
Given ICANN's Mission and Core Values, selectees engage in discussions on the technical functions coordinated by ICANN and their impact on the global Internet operation, such as its stability and integrity, or the effect on the users of the Internet. Selectees interact in a diverse environment, involving ICANN Board, ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees, as well as the broader Internet community, by means of a continuous, transparent and informed dialogue, as it corresponds to the ICANN multi-stakeholder concept.
Selectees will be part of groups that function in a collegial and cooperative manner, but in which individuals must also be prepared for intense debate in which tolerance and reasoning are necessary to accommodate and synthesize conflicting views. Careful consideration of the issues, depth of study of the precedents and environment, and the ability to deal clearly with conflict, including potentially conflict of interest, are predictors of successful contributions to ICANN.
The NomCom welcomes and encourages Statements of Interests from all members of the global Internet community. Although candidates should be able to both work and communicate well in English, there is no requirement that English be the candidate's first language.
The time commitments identified below are a basic requirement and the NomCom anticipates that in most cases people will spend more time rather than less. All selectees should expect to spend an additional significant amount of time when joining ICANN on training and learning about the organization, its mission, history and mode of operation.
ICANN holds three Public Meetings per year. These meetings typically last for one week and are where the ICANN community gathers to discuss and develop policy and conduct ICANN's business. Public Meeting locations rotate across ICANN's five geographic regions, for example the first meeting of 2012 will be held in the Latin America/Caribbean region (San Jose, Costa Rica), the second meeting will be held in the Europe region (Prague, Czech Republic) and the third meeting in the North America region (Toronto, Canada). Public Meetings in 2013-2014 will generally continue the rotation until all five regions have been covered and then the rotation begins again. All NomCom selectees are expected to travel and participate in ICANN's Public Meetings. Reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings will be reimbursed in accordance with ICANN's travel policies.
To fill three vacancies on the ICANN Board, the NomCom is seeking accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity and intelligence who have (as referenced in Article VI, section 3 of the ICANN Bylaws):
In filling these positions, the NomCom will be seeking to provide ICANN with members of the Board that reflects the global diversity of the Internet community and the wide range of technical, commercial and civil society activities that are impacted by the Domain Name System.
Time Commitment and Working Practice
The successful candidates will be appointed to the ICANN Board following the end of the 2012 Annual General Meeting, which currently is expected to be held on 19 October 2012, through the end of the 2015 ICANN Annual General Meeting, which currently is expected to be held on 23 October 2015.
The basic responsibilities of an ICANN Director require a minimum commitment of time which when averaged out over the year, could reach up to 20 hours each week. The time spent in these basic responsibilities is typically clustered around Board meetings and teleconferences, but there is a constant flow of information requiring attention on a consistent basis.
Directors are generally expected to attend three ICANN Public Meetings each year, two Board retreats per year and work on Board Committees. Depending on the location and including travel time and preparation, a Public Meeting could be a commitment of up to ten (10) days per meeting and retreats could range from three to five days per meeting.
Directors spend additional time in connection with their work on Board Committees, a commitment that varies in relation to the number of Board Committees on which they serve, the scope of the Committee's responsibilities, and their role as Chair or Member of the Committee.
For further details of the work of the ICANN Board see http://www.icann.org/en/general/board.html and http://www.icann.org/en/committees/board_committees.html.
The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is a policy-development body responsible for developing and recommending to the ICANN Board substantive policies relating to generic top-level domains. The GNSO Council is responsible for managing the policy development process in the GNSO. For more information on the work of the GNSO Council, see http://gnso.icann.org/. To fill one vacancy on the GNSO Council, the NomCom is seeking accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity and intelligence who have:
In filling these positions, the NomCom will be seeking to select Council members that reflect the global diversity of the Internet community and the wide range of technical, commercial and civil society activities that are impacted by the DNS.
Time Commitment and Working Practice
The successful candidates will be appointed to the GNSO Council following the 2012 ICANN Annual General Meeting, which is currently scheduled for 19 October 2012, through the end of the ICANN Annual General Meeting in 2014, which is currently scheduled for 17 October 2014.
The basic responsibilities of a GNSO Council member involve a minimum of 20 hours per month on Council related activities, with those chairing or participating in Working Groups or Task Forces spending up to 60 hours a month or more. Depending on work load, for example during the weeks before the three face-to-face meetings, this can sometimes escalate to as much as 20 hours per week or more. The commitment for the three face-to-face meetings generally run about three days with council members sometimes having extensive responsibilities on most days. For those involved in Task Forces or Working Groups, there may occasionally be additional face-to-face interim meetings.
The Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) is a policy-development body responsible for developing and recommending to the Board global policies relating to country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs), nurturing consensus across the ccNSO's community, including the name-related activities of ccTLDs; and coordinating with other ICANN Supporting Organizations, Committees, and Constituencies. For more information on the work of the ccNSO Council, see http://ccnso.icann.org/about/. To fill one vacancy on the ccNSO Council, NomCom is seeking accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity and intelligence who have:
In filling these positions, NomCom will be seeking to provide a Council that reflects the global diversity of the Internet community and the wide range of technical, commercial and civil society activities that are impacted by the DNS.
Time Commitment and Working Practice
The successful candidate will be appointed to the ccNSO Council immediately following the ICANN 2012 Annual General Meeting, which is currently scheduled for 19 October 2012 through the end of the ICANN General Meeting in2015, which is scheduled for 23 October 2015.
An average ccNSO Council member would spend at least 12 hours per month on Council related activities, with those chairing Working Groups or Task Forces spending at least 30 hours a month. (The commitment involves a minimum of six hours per month based on an average of 1.5 two-hour teleconferences (or physical meetings) per month plus about two hours of preparation for each meeting for reading task force reports and potentially discussing with the community. Participation in committees of the council and/or task forces could easily double that minimum time commitment.)
The At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is the ICANN body responsible for representing the voice of the end user in policy and operational discussions. For more information on the work of the ALAC, see http://www.atlarge.icann.org/.
To fill two vacancies on the ALAC (from Europe; and North America regions), the NomCom is seeking accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity and intelligence who have:
In filling these positions, the Nominating Committee will be seeking to provide a Committee that reflects the global diversity of the Internet community and the wide range of technical, commercial and civil society activities that are impacted by the DNS.
Time Commitment and Working Practice
The successful candidates will be appointed to ALAC following the 2012 ICANN Annual General Meeting, which is currently scheduled for 19 October 2012 through the end of the 2014 Annual General Meeting, which is currently scheduled for 17 October 2014.
The basic responsibilities of an ALAC member involve a minimum of 20-26 hours per month on Committee related activities, this includes participating in online (e-mail) discussions, commenting on/contributing to documents/proposed actions (drafted in English), participating in monthly ALAC telephone conferences (in English), held on the 4 th Tuesday of the month at 1400 UTC and meeting with /making presentations to local and regional organizations. ALAC members chairing or participating in working groups, or serving as liaisons to other Advisory Committees or to Supporting Organizations, can expect to spend more than these basic hours per month. ALAC members are expected to make a commitment to attend all Committee meetings and to participate actively in policy-related issues and other working groups. The ALAC operates in a transparent manner and publishes participation statistics on its website. Committee members also will be expected to attend three face-to-face meetings each year held during the ICANN Public Meetings, which generally run about seven days with potentially extensive responsibilities on most days for ALAC members. There may occasionally be additional face-to-face interim meetings or regional meetings.
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