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May 2, 2003-The Public Interest Registry
(PIR) announced during a global Webcast with its Advisory Council
yesterday, the establishment of five committees charged with setting
priorities to advance .ORG as a thriving international noncommercial
Internet community. The primary mission of the Council, which is made up
of leaders in the noncommercial and Internet communities throughout the
world, is to ensure that PIR is responsive to the needs, concerns, and
views of the global noncommercial Internet community.
The Committee chairs are noted experts in their respective fields. For
complete biographies, go to www.pir.org/about/council.html.
S.S. Kshatriy (India) is Chair of the Editorial Committee. The goal of
the Committee is to develop editorial priorities, publish and make
recommendations for articles. He is a scientist and writer who pioneered
Net Journalism in India and spent most of his career as a scientist in
the India Space Research Organization.
Sylvia Cadena (Columbia) is Chair of the New Services Committee, which
will review new services and recommend a timeline for introduction. She
has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to establish a Web
presence and communication strategy.
Michael Geist (Ottawa, Canada) is Chairman of the Policy Committee. That
Committee's priority is to develop policy statements for the Council and
the PIR Board for consideration. Dr. Geist is an Associate Professor of
Law at the University of Ottawa specializing in Internet and e-commerce
law. He is widely published and considered an expert in Internet law.
Pierre Dandjinou (residing Senegal - Benin citizenship) is Chairman of
the Research and Outreach Committee. The goal of the Committee is to
explore ways to reach out to noncommercials and grow .ORG. Pierre
Dandjinou currently holds the position of Policy Specialist, Information
and Communication Technology (ICT) with the United Nations Development
Program in Dakar.
Michael Gilbert (Seattle, Washington) is Chair of the Web-based
Resources Committee. His priority is to make recommendations for
enhancement of PIR's Web-based mechanisms to serve the noncommercial
community. Michael is an internationally known consultant to foundations