Dear Internet Society members,
As you are probably aware one of the responsibilities
of the Internet Society (ISOC) is to appoint the board of
the Public Interest Registry (PIR), www.pir.org, a
company established by ISOC to manage the .org
top-level domain. This was done last year with an
initial Board being appointed for a term of one year
with an expiration date of the 30th of October, 2003.
We want to sincerely thank the Founding PIR Board for
their energy and diligence. The transition of the .org
registry to PIR was extremely well executed. The
operations of PIR are setting a new and higher standard
for the operation of a registry. The community has been
very satisfied and supportive of the operation of PIR. This
is due in a large part, to the superb execution of the
Founding PIR Board.
Today we are pleased to announce the launch of a new
PIR Board appointment process. The Board of PIR has
7 Directors; we hope to see many of the current directors
returning. Given the change in requirements, from that
of supporting a 'start-up' to that of overseeing an exemplary
registry, ISOC will however carefully assess future
requirements and may appoint a number of new Board
We are looking for a balance of technical name space
expertise as well as business and financial experience.
Expertise in supporting the non-commercial community or
experience in building a broad based advisory/input process
is also key. The current board has done an excellent job in
starting up the new company and beginning registry
operations; we expect the new board to continue and
further refine this direction.
The coming years will focus on ensuring PIR is an exemplary
registry. We look for .ORG to achieve this objective in four
1. PIR should excel in its regular business operation.
Registrations should be handled quickly, safely and
inexpensively. The registry should operate reliably and
smoothly. The registry should be robust and reliable.
2 - The operation of .org should focus on the users of .org
domains. PIR should work with registrars to ensure that
sound business practices and excellent customer care
is made possible for .org registrants. This effort can
be accomplished through PIR outreach campaigns to
registrars, (as well as the .org community) and by
maintaining regular communication with registrars on
3. The operation of .org should be a model for other registries
to follow. PIR should work closely with ICANN to establish
preferred practices and a model contract.
4. PIR will work to establish .ORG as the home of the
non-commercial community and ensure value through
services and benefits that directly support the
This list is probably not complete; new aspects of how to
be exemplary are likely to arise over time.
In the coming year, we expect PIR to set strong, measurable
goals for the quality of its operation, commit to those goals
and measure itself against them.
The new board will be seated on November 1, 2003 and
will have staggered terms of 1 to 3 years. The anniversary
date will move from the 30th of October to the 31st of
December and hence the first years term will expire
on 31st December, 2004.
The major activities and priorities of the incoming board
will be defined by the new board in consultation with ISOC
along the outline above. Note: these positions are not
remunerated, however, expenses associated with attending
the Board meetings (physical and conference call/virtual)
will be covered.
BOARD CANDIDATE CRITERIA
A thorough understanding of registries, registrar and
registrant needs is critical. PIR is responsible for all policy
and general management aspects of the .ORG domain,
including marketing, public relations, defining and
positioning new products, etc; Afilias will remain our
chosen back-end service provider.
- Significant, proven expertise in the name space and
related policy arenas
- Well recognized names (i.e.: Pioneering influence) in
their industry/ies able to enhance PIR's global credibility
- Proven active Board participation on other Boards
- A strong record of excellence and evidence of
involvement in professional and/or community organizations
- non-profit, NGO or related experience and marketing
experience would be helpful
If you or someone you are willing to recommend is interested
in being considered for the PIR Board we ask you to submit
the following to email@example.com :
- A biography - 300 words maximum
- A rationale of why you or your nominee would be a valuable
addition to the PIR Board - 300 words maximum. Please
- If you are nominating someone please procure their
agreement to be considered prior to your submission.
The deadline for nominations is the 26th of September.
Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Latif Ladid - Internet Society Trustees and Chair - PIR Nominations Committee
Lynn St.Amour, President & CEO , Internet Society
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