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ICANN Creates At Large Election and Nominating Committees

(May 9, 2000) The Internet Corporationfor Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the appointmentof Election and NominatingCommittees that will play key roles in the process by whichfive At Large Directors of ICANN will be selected later thisyear through a global online election.

The At Large Members of ICANN are individualswho have indicated an interest in participating in ICANN. Theywill vote to select five Directors for the ICANN Board, one fromeach of five defined geographic regions (Africa, Asia/Pacific,Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, and North America). With nearly15,000 applications so far, ICANN's At Large Membership outreacheffort has been greeted with notable enthusiasm among the membersof the global Internet community.Today's announcement marks the beginningof the first phase of this selection process. The NominatingCommittee will nominate a set of At Large candidates. At thesame time, ICANN's Election Committee will solicit and selectan outside vendor for the online voting system, and completedetailed recommendations for ICANN's campaign and voting procedures,including independent oversight and monitoring.

Following this first phase, there willbe

  • a petition period, in which candidateswho were not nominated by the Nominating Committee can seek aplace on the ballot by attracting a minimum threshold of supportfrom At Large Members in her/his region via online petition;
  • a campaign period; and
  • the vote of the At Large Members.

About the Election Committee

The Election Committee will develop detailedrecommendations on the ICANN election procedures, subject topublic review and comment prior to ICANN's next meetings in July.The Election Committee will propose the rules that will applyin this election for campaigning, voting, measures to preventvote fraud, and independent oversight and monitoring. The Committeewill solicit proposals from third-party vendors of online votingsystems, and will recommend a vendor to the Board. To read moreabout the Election
Committee, its charter, and its members, please see

The Committee's membership includes expertsin electronic voting, Internet infrastructure and security andelection oversight and monitoring. The members of the ElectionCommittee are:

  • Greg Crew - Chair

Greg Crew is currently Chairman of theAustralian Communications Industry Forum Ltd., Chairman of theAustralian Information Technology Engineering Centre Ltd., anda non-executive director of ERG Ltd. (Perth) and of Silicon WirelessLtd. (California). He was Chief Executive Officer of MercuryCommunications Ltd. (UK) (1993-95) and Chief Operating Officerof Hongkong Telecommunications Ltd. (1991-93). He was one ofthe nine initial Directors of ICANN. He lives in Australia.

  • Charles Costello

Charles Costello became director of theCarter Center's Democracy Program in December 1998. Previously,he was director of the Center for Democracy and Governance atthe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) since shortlyafter its creation in 1994. From 1993-94, he headed the USAIDmission in post-conflict El Salvador, overseeing programs tohelp demobilize forces, support reformed political institutions,and rebuild civil society. At USAID since 1975, he also had headedUSAID missions in Ecuador and Guatemala and served in Kenya andBolivia. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and staffmember in Colombia, he earned a bachelor's degree from the Universityof Michigan and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.He lives in the United States.

  • Lorrie Faith Cranor

Dr. Lorrie Faith Cranor is a Senior TechnicalStaff Member in the Secure Systems Research Department at AT&TLabs-Research Shannon Laboratory in Florham Park, New Jersey.She is chair of the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project(P3P) Specification Working Group and co-chair of the P3P InterestGroup at the World Wide Web Consortium. Her research has focusedon a variety of areas where technology and policy issues interact,including online privacy, electronic voting, and spam. Dr. Cranorreceived her doctorate degree in Engineering & Policy fromWashington University in St. Louis in 1996. She lives in theUnited States.

  • Patrik Fältström

Patrik Fältström works at Tele2/Swipnet.He works on technologies involving everything from directoryservices, indexing technologies, electronic mail and DNS, especiallyinternationalization issues. He is one of two area directorsof the Applications Area of the Internet Engineering Task Force,and is a member of the Internet Engineering Steering Group. Hehas been involved in Internet standardization since 1989. Since1994 he has been helping the Swedish Tax Authorities to deliverlive election results over the Internet to newspapers and radioand tv stations. He lives in Sweden.

  • Ken Fockler

Ken Fockler is the President of Tenac Consulting,a company he founded in 1997 after the wrap up of CA*net NetworkingInc., where he was President from 1992 to 1997. He is a Directorof ICANN, chosen by the Address Supporting Organization. He livesin Canada.

  • Hans Kraaijenbrink

Hans Kraaijenbrink is a member of the ExecutiveBoard of ETNO, the European Telecommunications Network Operatorsassociation, located in Brussels. He is also Manager, EuropeanPolicy and Regulation with Royal KPN N.V., the Netherlands wherehe is responsible for European and international regulatory strategicaffairs. He was one of the nine initial Directors of ICANN. Helives in the Netherlands.

  • Nguyen Huu Dong

Nguyen Huu Dong is Senior Political AffairsOfficer at the Department for Political Affairs of the UnitedNations. Since 1998, he has been General Coordinator for a UNDPproject on assistance to electoral observers in Mexico. Beginningin 1989, he has been involved in UN electoral missions in Nicaragua,Haiti, El Salvador, Eritrea, South Africa, Nigeria, and EastTimor. He has been a member of UN need assessment missions forelectoral missions to El Salvador, Eritrea, Mozambique, SouthAfrica, Guyana, Nicaragua, Liberia, Yemen, Burkina Faso, Mali,Haiti, the Central African Republic, Western Sahara, Mexico,Guinea, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe. He has been a member of UN electoralfollow-up and report missions to Djibouti and the Seychelles.He has been coordinator of international electoral observationin Ethiopia (1992) and Nigeria (1999). He holds degrees fromthe Université de Lausanne (B.A.), the Universitéde Paris-Sorbonne (M.A.), and the Université de Paris-V/Ecoledes Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Ph.D.). He lives in MexicoCity and New York.


About the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee will identifyand nominate outstanding candidates to stand for election tothe ICANN Board. This committee will actively seek input (suchas recommendations and expressions of interest) from all membersof the Internet community. Procedures will be announced shortly.The Nominating Committee will complete its work by the end ofJuly, after which the election process will proceed to the petition,campaign, and voting phases. For more information on the NominatingCommittee, please see

The members of the Nominating Committeeare:

  • Linda Wilson - Chair

Linda S. Wilson is president emerita ofRadcliffe College, presently on sabbatical leave after servingas president for a decade, and one of the nine initial Directorsof ICANN. She lives in the United States.

  • Jean-François Abramatic

Jean-François Abramatic is Chairmanof W3C, the World Wide Web Consortium, and a Director of ICANNselected by the Protocol Supporting Organization. He lives inFrance.

  • Mads Bryde Andersen

Dr. Mads Bryde Andersen is a professorof private law at the University of Copenhagen. He is chairmanof the Danish Internet Forum (the registrar for the .dk domain).He lives in Denmark.

  • John Klensin

John Klensin is Internet Architecture VicePresident of AT&T. He is also Chair of the Internet ArchitectureBoard. He lives in the United States.

  • Jun Murai

Jun Murai is currently Professor, Facultyof Environmental Information, Keio University (Japan); AdjunctProfessor at the Institute of Advanced Studies, United NationsUniversity; Instructor at Tokyo University of Art and Music;President of the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC); GeneralChairperson of the WIDE Project (a Japanese Internet researchconsortium); Vice Chairperson of the Japanese chapter of theInternet Society; and Vice President of the Japanese InternetAssociation. He is a member of the board of the Internet Society,and one of the intial Directors of ICANN. He lives in Japan.

  • Charles Musisi

Charles Musisi is an Internet consultant,and the delegated administrator of the ccTLD for Uganda (.ug).He helped build Uganda's first networks, and currently runs theEast Africa Help Desk. He is a member of the Board of Trusteesof AfriNIC. He lives in Uganda.

  • Alejandro Pisanty

Alejandro Pisanty is currently Coordinatorfor Open and Distance Education at UNAM, the National AutonomousUniversity of Mexico, in Mexico City, Mexico. He also servesas Chairman of the Board of CUDI, Corporación Universitariapara el Desarrollo de Internet, the Mexican Internet 2 Consortium,as well as of ISOC Mexico. He is a Director of ICANN, selectedby the Domain Name Supporting Organization. He lives in Mexico.



The Internet Corporation for Assigned Namesand Numbers (ICANN) is a technical coordination body for theInternet. Created in October 1998 by a broad coalition of theInternet's business, technical, academic, and user communities,ICANN is assuming
responsibility for a set of technical functions previously performedunder U.S. government contract by IANA and other groups.

Specifically, ICANN coordinates the assignmentof the following identifiers that must be globally unique forthe Internet to function:

  • Internet domain names
  • IP address numbers
  • protocol parameter and port numbers

In addition, ICANN coordinates the stableoperation of the Internet's root server system.

As a non-profit, private-sector corporation,ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability ofthe Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representationof global Internet communities; and to developing policy throughprivate-sector, bottom-up, consensus-based means. ICANN welcomesthe participation of any interested Internet user, business,or organization. See more information on ICANN's At Large Membership, see