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    .org ISOC Announces Search For (Sort of) New PIR Board
    posted by michael on Thursday September 11 2003, @05:10AM

    The Internet Society (ISOC) has sent an emailed announcement to all its members that it is open to suggestions for nominations for the Public Interest Registry (PIR) Board that runs .org. ISOC does not run .org, of course, it merely chooses the people who do, many of whom are ISOCers.

    The announcement is sort of cagey about how much personnel change among the seven Board members there actually will be. PIR is currently run by an 'initial board' whose term expires Oct. 30th. ISOC confidently reports (without footnotes) that "The community has been very satisfied and supportive of the operation of PIR." (In ISOC speak, "the community" often means ISOC, although in fact I personally have not heard any serious complaints.) As a result "we hope to see many of the current directors returning."

    If, despite this suggestion that the door isn't very open, anyone wishes to apply to be considered for the PIR Board, or to nominate another, read on for the instructions, and mark September 26th as the due date. No word on how open and transparent the selection process will be .

    Here's the text of the email from ISOC to the global members mailing list.
    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 members.

    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 distinct ways:

    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 PIR initiatives.

    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 non-commercial community.

    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.


    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.

    Additional Criteria:

    - 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 and visibility
    - 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 pir-board-nomination2003@isoc.org :

    - 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 include references.

    - 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.

    Best regards,

    Latif Ladid - Internet Society Trustees and Chair - PIR Nominations Committee
    Lynn St.Amour, President & CEO , Internet Society

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    Karl Auerbach
    by dmehus on Thursday September 11 2003, @12:51PM (#12186)
    User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
    Now that Karl Auerbach is free from the ICANN board with the expiration of his term, I wonder if he would consider running for a seat on the PIR board to help make the organization even more open, transparent, and responsive to the community of Internet users. Personally, I think he'd be a real bonus and a big boost for Public Interest Registry and its board. I would strongly encourage him to make a run.

    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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    All members?
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday September 11 2003, @06:08PM (#12187)
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    I'm an ISOC member (in fact I'm a member twice over...don't ask, it's complicated and it's their screwup) and have yet to receive any notice of this. -g
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