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Nominations by the Internet Technical Collaboration Group

The Internet technical collaboration group has conducted nomination processes according to a set of standards (pdf) that have led to the selection of representatives to the following committees (details further down this page in “Past calls for nominations”):

  • IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) 2014 & 2015
  • NetMundial Committees (Brazil, 2014)
  • /1Net (2014)
  • CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation

– Nominations to the IGF MAG 2016-

The Internet Technical Collaboration Group nominations committee (NOMCOM) is pleased to put forward the following slate of new candidates for consideration by the United Nations as representatives to the 2017 Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG):

  • Rajesh Chharia, India
  • Jennifer Chung, Hong Kong
  • Raquel Gatto, Brazil
  • Anne-Rachel Inne, Niger
  • Karen McCabe, USA
  • Greg Shannon, USA

In addition to these new candidates, we would like to endorse the continuing participation of the following individuals, which the Internet Technical Collaboration Group endorsed when they joined the MAG:

  • Sumon Ahmed Sabir of Bangladesh
  • Laura Hutchison of the United Kingdom
  • German Valdez of Australia
  • Flavio Wagner of Brazil

A justification for each individual has been filed online with the UN.

The NOMCOM convened shortly after the call for MAG candidates was issued, and worked through the months of November and December. A call for applications was issued on 29 November, 2016. Applications from twenty-three people were received, and then considered. In addition, the NOMCOM solicited for confirmation, and received response from current members of the MAG nominated by the Internet Technical Collaboration Group and that wished to be renewed. In making our selection, the NOMCOM took into account the individuals’ abilities and accomplishments, as well as both gender and regional diversity.

The NOMCOM would like to thank all applicants for their applications and willingness to devote time to this important process.

The members of the Internet Technical Collaboration Group NOMCOM for 2017 were:

  • Michael R. Nelson
  • Scott Mansfield
  • Nigel Hickson
  • Chris Disspain
  • Adiel Akplogan
  • Pablo Hinojosa
  • Alejandro Pisanty
    • Administrative Support: Carl Gahnberg (ISOC)

– IGF Retreat 2016 –

Following the announcement by the United Nations of a “Retreat on Advancing the 10-Year Mandate of the Internet Governance Forum”, the IGF Secretariat issued a call for nominations from all stakeholder communities for participants and nominees.

Each stakeholder community has been reserved in total 5 seats: seat 1-2 through selection by the respective community; seat 3 to be selected by and among the stakeholder community’s current MAG members, and seat 4-5 to be selected by the UN based on nominations from the stakeholder community.

In response to the Secretariat’s call, the following names has been put forward by the ITCG:

Seats 1 and 2 (selection by ITCG)
John C Klensin
Constance Bommelaer

Seat 3 (selection made by current MAG members)
Peter Dengate Thrush

Seats 4 and 5 (nominated by ITCG, final selection by UN)
Alejandro Pisanty
Chris Disspain
Karen McCabe
Michael Nelson

– CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation –

Representatives of the technical and academic community:

  • Nick Ashton-Hart (GCSP)
  • Nigel Hickson (ICANN)
  • Constance Bommelaer (ISOC)
  • Janvier Noulaye (University of Yaoundé)
  • Jovan Kurbalija (DiploFoundation)

– IGF MAG 2016 –

The purpose of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) is to advise  the U.N. Secretary General on the programme and schedule of  the Internet Governance Forum meetings. The MAG comprises of 56 Members from governments, the private sector and civil society, including representatives from the academic and technical communities.  More information.

The following MAG members selected in 2016 had been nominated or endorsed through the ITCG nomination process:

Ms. Laura Hutchison of the United Kingdom
Mr. Sumon Ahmed Sabir of Bangladesh
Mr. Peter Dengate Thrush of New Zealand
Mr. Xiaodong Lee of the People’s Republic of China
Ms. Izumi Okutani of Japan
Ms. Lynn St. Amour of the United States of America (MAG Chair)
Mr. German Valdez of Australia
Mr. Flavio Wagner of Brazil

Related information   

– Open letter to the IGF Secretariat in regards to the 2016 MAG Selection Process –

“Dear Chengetai,

I am writing concerning the posting of the new MAG list by the UN on 23 March 2016.

The 2016 Internet Technical Collaboration Group (ITCG) MAG Nominating Committee (NOMCOM) is concerned about whether the process and its results are producing the type and balance of community perspectives that are globally expected of the MAG.  Specifically we would welcome a clarification from the United Nations (UN) on how the MAG members who were supposed to represent the technical community were ultimately selected.

In the past, some have raised questions about whether IGF process supports  community-driven  governance that is the norm in the technical community.  Setting aside technical community input as appears to have happened this time may reinforce those suspicions, however inadvertently.

In the spirit of continual process improvement, and in order to avoid further confusion in the future, we propose an open discussion through the IGF open consultation to establish a transparent and sustainable process that enables  communities to be more actively involved in the selection of their representatives. While we are quite pleased with the selection of Lynn St.Amour as this year’s MAG chair, we nevertheless believe that this discussion should also address the processes by which the MAG chair is appointed, as well as any future evolution of the IGF including its working modalities.

At the request of the United Nations, the Internet Society facilitated a community-driven selection process through the use of the long-established Internet Technical Collaboration Group (ITCG).  That group appointed a Nominations Committee with a focus on gender and regional balance.  After an open call to the community, we submitted a group of candidates who not only were gender and regionally balanced, but, as importantly, were in a position to provide strong technical and architectural guidance as to how the Internet works, so that the MAG could be guided by deep and long experience.  We did this under an extremely tight deadline, as requested by the UN, and yet only two of our new candidates were selected.

We believe the proposal for discussion outlined above is in keeping with recommendations from the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) that IGF modalities, including MAG composition, be further improved.  We believe that a more consultative process that more clearly reflects how MAG members represent their constituency groups will strengthen the MAG as well the IGF as a whole by bringing the strongest expertise and commitment to the challenges before us as an information society.

We appreciate the time and effort you have invested in this important process, and we remain at your disposal for any further discussion.

On behalf of the ITCG MAG NOMCOM,

Eliot Lear”

 

– Nominations to the IGF MAG 2016-

The Internet Technical Collaboration Group nominations committee (NOMCOM) is pleased to have put forward the following slate of new candidates for consideration by the United Nations to the 2016 Multistakeholder
Advisory Group (MAG).  Names are listed in alphabetical order:

•    Miss Laura Hutchison of the United Kingdom
•    Mr. Mwendwa Kivuva of Kenya
•    Ms. Karen McCabe of the United States of America
•    Mr. Shernon Osepa of Curaçao (Netherlands)
•    Mr. Sumon Ahmed Sabir of Bangladesh
•    Ms. Salam Yamout* of Lebanon

In addition to these new candidates, we have endorsed the continuing participation in the MAG of the following individuals:

•    Mr. Peter Dengate Thrush of New Zealand
•    Mr. Xiaodong Lee* of the People’s Republic of China
•    Ms. Izumi Okutani of Japan
•    Ms. Lynn St. Amour of the United States of America
•    Mr. German Valdez of Australia
•    Mr. Flavio Wagner of Brazil

A justification for each individual has been filed online with the UN.  *Dr. Lee and *Ms. Yamout work for their respective governments.

The NOMCOM was constituted and convened shortly after the UN issued the call for MAG candidates on 4 January, and worked through the month of January.  A call for applications was issued on 8 January,  2016.  Applications from thirty-two people were received, and then considered.  In addition, the NOMCOM solicited for, and received applications from members of the MAG who represent the Internet Technical Community and wished to be renewed.  In making our selection, the NOMCOM took into account the individuals’ abilities and accomplishments, as well as both gender and regional diversity.  The NOMCOM considered the need for continuity within the MAG when examining those candidates wishing to continue as MAG members, and particularly the criteria that can be found at internetcollaboration.org.

The NOMCOM would like to thank all applicants for their applications and willingness to devote time to this important process.

The members of the Internet Technical Collaboration Group NOMCOM for
2016 were:

•    Carolina Aguerre
•    Adiel Akplogan
•    Jane Coffin
•    Nigel Hickson
•    John Klensin
•    Eliot Lear (chair)
•    Scott Mansfield
•    Ashwin Jacob Mathew
+ Carl Gahnberg (ISOC support)

On behalf of the ITCG NOMCOM,

Eliot Lear
Chair

– Past Calls for Nominations –

Call for Nominations: 2017 MAG Renewal

The Internet Society (ISOC) is facilitating a process leading to recommendations from the Internet Technical Collaboration Group for participation in the 2017 Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG). This process is for the technical community candidates only and candidate evaluations will include their relationship to that community. Other communities have their own processes.

The purpose of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) is to advise the U.N. Secretary General on the programme and schedule of the Internet Governance Forum meetings. The MAG comprises of 55 Members from governments, the private sector and civil society, including representatives from the academic and technical communities. Those nominated should expect to attend two virtual MAG meetings per month as well as typically three face to face meetings per year.

Individuals interested in being suggested by the Nominating Committee are invited to complete the Nomination Form in full and return it to information.itcg@gmail.com by 2359 UTC on Tuesday, December 6th. In addition, applicants are asked to provide responses to a set of Questions that are specific to the Internet technical community. Applications with incomplete responses to either set of questions will not be considered. Preferred formats for document submissions are .pdf and .txt. ISOC will transmit the names of nominees to the United Nations no later than December 16th 2016.

Both sets of questions should be answered completely. Responses need not necessarily be lengthy, but they must be sufficiently content-full that the Nominating Committee can accurately judge from them the extent and specifics of your background. If the applicant believes that an existing CV or biographical sketch would contribute to the Nominating Committee’s understanding of the candidacy, such a document may be provided in either PDF form or in the form of a link.

2017 MAG NomCom Members:
  • Michael Nelson
  • Scott Mansfield
  • Nigel Hickson
  • Chris Disspain
  • Adiel Akplogan
  • Pablo Hinojosa
  • Alejandro Pisanty

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Privacy Statement
The nominating committee is required to forward information provided by nominees on the MAG Nomination Form to the United Nations for purposes of the nomination.  With the exception of candidates naming themselves, information provided to the NOMCOM for its consideration shall be treated in the strictest confidence.

Call for Nominations to the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation –

(NEW DEADLINE: Sunday 13th March, 23.59 UTC)

The outcome document of the United Nations General Assembly’s ten-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2015 included a direction for the Chair of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) to “establish a working group to develop recommendations on how to further implement enhanced cooperation as envisioned in the Tunis Agenda” (Resolution A/RES/70/125, Section 4.1, paragraph 65). This will continue work done by an earlier CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation, that was active from 2013-2014. and current CSTD Chair, Peter Major of Hungary, has indicated that he will establish the new working group in a similar fashion, with 20 UN Member States and 5 representatives from each of the four identified stakeholder groups (business, civil society, intergovernmental organizations, the technical & academic community).

The technical & academic community representatives in the 2013-2014 working group were:

Andres Piazza (LACNIC, Argentina)
Baher Esmat (ICANN, Egypt)
Alex Corenthin (ccTLD.sn, Senegal)
Chris Disspain (auDA, Australia)
Constance Bommelaer (ISOC, France)

The CSTD Chair has identified the Internet Technical Collaboration Group as a focal point for nominating stakeholder representatives from the technical & academic community. A Nominating Committee (NOMCOM) made up of senior members of the Internet technical community has been formed to decide upon these nominations. The NOMCOM members are:

Adiel Akplogan (Canada)
Jane Coffin (USA)
Scott Mansfield (USA) – Chair
John Klensin (USA)
Nurani Nimpuno (Sweden)
Chris Buckridge (Netherlands)
Akinori Maemura (Japan)

Individuals with active involvement with the Internet technical community and the closely-related academic computer network research community who would like to be put forward by the NOMCOM are invited to complete the Nomination Form, which includes a set of questions regarding experience and suitability for the role. You may also use the Nomination Form to nominate another person for consideration by the NOMCOM – in such a case, the Nominator should advise their Nominee to complete and submit their answers to the questions in Part 2 of the Nomination Form.

The Nomination Form is available here

Both parts of the form should be completed and returned to information.itcg@gmail.com by 23.59 UTC on Monday, 13 March 2016. This deadline will be strictly adhered to, and only respondents who have fully completed both parts of the form will be considered by the NOMCOM.

While responses to the questions should not be lengthy, they must include sufficient information to allow the NOMCOM to judge the nominee’s suitability for the role. If the nominee believes that an existing CV or biographical sketch would contribute to the NOMCOM’s understanding of the candidacy, such a document may be included as part of the submission (any additional documents should be attached to the email in PDF format).

Nominees should be aware that specific nominations may or may not be accepted by the CSTD.

Nominees should also be aware that funding for participating in the working group’s meetings (which will take place in Geneva) will be the nominees’ own responsibility. It is expected that the working group’s first meeting will take place in Q4 2016, with further meetings to be scheduled by the working group itself.

While there is no expectation that technical & academic community representatives from the 2013-2014 working group would automatically continue in the role, the NOMCOM would welcome applications from those who have previously served on CSTD committees, as well as new nominations.

Privacy Statement
The nominating committee is required to forward information provided by nominees on the Nomination Form to the CSTD Chair and CSTD administrative personnel for purposes of the nomination. With the exception of nominees naming themselves, information provided to the NOMCOM for its consideration shall be treated in the strictest confidence.

2016 MAG Renewal

The Internet Society (ISOC) is facilitating a process leading to recommendations from the Internet Technical Collaboration Group for participation in the 2016 Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG). This process is for the technical community candidates only and candidate evaluations will include their relationship to that community. Other communities have their own processes.

The purpose of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) is to advise the U.N. Secretary General on the programme and schedule of the Internet Governance Forum meetings. The MAG comprises of 55 Members from governments, the private sector and civil society, including representatives from the academic and technical communities. Those nominated should expect to attend two virtual MAG meetings per month as well as typically three face to face meetings per year. More information.

Individuals interested in being suggested by the Nominating Committee are invited to complete the Nomination Form in full and return it to information.itcg@gmail.com by 2359 UTC on Friday, January 22nd. In addition, applicants are asked to provide responses to a set of Questions that are specific to the Internet technical community. Applications with incomplete responses to either set of questions will not be considered. Preferred formats for document submissions are .pdf and .txt. ISOC will transmit the names of nominees to the United Nations no later than February 1st 2016.

Both sets of questions should be answered completely. Responses need not necessarily be lengthy, but they must be sufficiently content-full that the Nominating Committee can accurately judge from them the extent and specifics of your background. If the applicant believes that an existing CV or biographical sketch would contribute to the Nominating Committee’s understanding of the candidacy, such a document may be provided in either PDF form or in the form of a link.

2016 MAG NomCom Members:
  • Eliot Lear
  • Scott Mansfield
  • Nigel Hickson
  • Jane Coffin
  • Adiel Akplogan
  • John Klensin
  • Carolina Aguerre
  • Ashwin Jacob Mathew

Technical Community Representatives on the 2015 MAG includes the following people:

  • Xiaodong Lee (NIC CN, China)
  • Peter Dengate Thrush (Counsel, Barrister, New Zealand)
  • Lynn St. Amour (Internet Matters, USA)
  • Izumi Okutani (JPNIC, Japan)
  • Susan Chalmers (Independent Consultant, USA. Note: has changed stakeholder group throughout the year)*
  • Baher Esmat (ICANN, Egypt)*
  • Constance Bommelaer (ISOC, France)*
  • Flavio Wagner (CGI.br, Brazil)
  • German Valdez (NRO)

Candidates with a “*” by their names have stated that they are not standing again for nomination.

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Privacy Statement
The nominating committee is required to forward information provided by nominees on the MAG Nomination Form to the United Nations for purposes of the nomination.  With the exception of candidates naming themselves, information provided to the NOMCOM for its consideration shall be treated in the strictest confidence.

2015 MAG Renewal

The Internet Society (ISOC) is coordinating the process leading to recommendations from the Internet Technical Collaboration Group for the renewal of the MAG.

Individuals interested in being suggested by the Nominating Committee are invited to complete the Nomination Form in full and return it to information.itcg@gmail.com by 2359 UTC on Friday, October 10th. In addition, applicants are asked to provide responses to a set of Questions  that are specific to the Internet technical community. Applications with incomplete responses to either set of questions will not be considered.

Both sets of questions should be answered completely. Responses need not necessarily be lengthy, but they must be sufficiently content-full that the Nominating Committee can accurately judge from them the extent and specifics of your background.

NomCom Members:
  • Dawit Bekele
  • Nigel Hickson
  • Pablo Hinjosa
  • John Klensin
  • Xiandong Lee
  • Nurani Nimpano
  • Barack Otieno
  • George Sadowsky

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IGF MAG 2014

The purpose of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) is to advise  the U.N. Secretary General on the programme and schedule of  the Internet Governance Forum meetings. The MAG comprises of 56 Members from governments, the private sector and civil society, including representatives from the academic and technical communities.  More information.

•    Xiaodong Lee (NIC CN, China)
•    Filiz Yilmaz (Independent Consultant, Turkey)
•    Izumi Okutani (NIC JP, Japan)
•    Paul Rendek (RIPE NCC, Slovakia)
•    Paul Wilson (APNIC, Australia)
•    Carolina Aguerre (LACTLD, Argentina)
•    Wendy Seltzer (W3C, USA)
•    Susan Chalmers (Independent Consultant, USA)
•    Baher Esmat (ICANN, Egypt)
•    Constance Bommelaer (ISOC, France)

Related information   

Brazil Committees (NETmundial)

The NETmundial meeting  focused on crafting Internet governance principles and proposing a roadmap for the further evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem. The meeting was scheduled for April 23rd and 24th 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. More information.

Brazil High-Level Committee (n°1):
•   Kathy Brown (ISOC, USA)
•   Tarek Kamel (ICANN, Egypt)
•   Mathieu Weill (AFNIC, France)

Brazil Executive Committee (n°3):
•   Raul Echeberria (LACNIC, Uruguay)
•   Akinori Maemura (JPNIC, Japan)

/1Net

/1net provides an inclusive and open platform to discuss Internet governance matters for all those interested (individuals, governments, civil society, academia, technicians, and business). More information.

1net Coordinating Committee:
•   Chris Disspain (auDA, Australia)
•   Pablo Hinojosa (APNIC, Mexico)
•   Désirée Miloshevic (Afilias, Serbia)
•   Theresa Swinehart (ICANN, USA)
•   Suzanne Woolf (ICANN BoT, USA)

Related information

CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation

The mandate of this Working Group is to examine the mandate of WSIS regarding enhanced cooperation as contained in the Tunis Agenda through seeking, compiling and reviewing inputs from all Member States and all other stakeholders, and to make recommendations on how to fully implement this mandate. More information.

•    Andres Piazza (LACNIC, Argentina)
•    Baher Esmat (ICANN, Egypt)
•    Alex Corenthin (ccTLD.sn, Senegal)
•    Chris Disspain (auDA, Australia)
•    Constance Bommelaer (ISOC, France)