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UPDATE: Nominations Period Ends; Voter Education/Dialogue Begins

10 September 2000

The At Large nominations period has concluded, and ICANN's At Large membership process now moves into the voter education & dialogue phase. The At Large website has been updated and revised, and features a basic webpage for each nominee (including links to their own websites); current information about the schedule, rules, FAQs, etc.; and a Question & Answer Forum to facilitate public dialogue among the nominees and the At Large members. The voting period will run from October 1 - 10.

  • Results of the Nominations Process

The nominations process began in May 2000, when the Nominating Committee issued a public open call for recommendations and expressions of interest, along with its criteria of selection. Over the next two months, the NomCom received communications from over 400 individuals worldwide. On July 31, the Nominating Committee announced a set of 18 nominees.

On August 1, the member-nomination phase began. A total of 161 individuals put their names forward as candidates for member-nomination: 3 in Africa; 24 in Asia/Australia/Pacific; 74 in Europe; 7 in Latin America/Caribbean; and 53 in North America. Starting August 15, activated At Large members could make an endorsement of a candidate in their geographic region. Each candidate for member-nomination was given a basic webpage on the ICANN site (again, including links to homepages and candidate sites).

In order to encourage At Large members to examine the candidate pages, ICANN has sent a weekly email reminder to every activated member (4 emails total); in addition, ICANN sent a weekly email to all unactivated membership applicants, encouraging them to activate their memberships to participate in this year's process. The objective of the candidate-webpages-plus-weekly-email-reminders communication strategy is to give members regular reminders to take part in the process, while (1) facilitating communication on equal terms for all candidates; (2) preventing the disclosure of members' personal information (such as email addresses) to candidates or others; (3) avoiding a flood of unsolicited email from many dozens of candidates; and (4) minimizing any communications advantages that might be enjoyed by candidates with access to greater financial resources.

To be member-nominated, a candidate must receive the online endorsements of 2% of the activated members in his/her region (or 20 members, whichever is greater), from at least 2 different countries, up to a maximum of 7 total nominees per region.

The complete list of all nominees is as follows:

  • Africa:
    • Calvin Browne
    • Alan Levin
    • Nii Quaynor
  • Asia/Pacific:
    • Johannes Chiang
    • Lulin Gao
    • Masanobu Katoh
    • Hong Jie Li
    • Sureswaran Ramadass
  • Europe:
    • Maria Livanos Cattaui
    • Alf Hansen
    • Jeanette Hofmann
    • Andy Mueller-Maguhn
    • Olivier Muron
    • Oliver Popov
    • Winfried Schüller
  • Latin America/Caribbean
    • Raul Echeberria
    • Ivan Moura Campos
    • Aluisio S. Nunes
    • Patricio Poblete
    • Claudio Silva Menezes
  • North America:
    • Karl Auerbach
    • Lyman Chapin
    • Donald Langenberg
    • Lawrence Lessig
    • Harris Miller
    • Barbara Simons
    • Emerson Tiller

For information on the nominees, please visit http://members.icann.org/nominees.html.

  • Brief History of the Membership Application Process

The membership application phase launched on February 25, 2000, with a goal of 5,000-10,000 members. By the time of the July 31 deadline for applications, over 158,000 had been received. Applicants were required to give their personal name, along with a valid email address and valid physical address. For verification purposes, each applicant was sent a member number and password via email, and a PIN number via postal mail. To activate a membership, the applicant must enter each of those data elements. ICANN is continuing to conduct a careful review of the membership database.

To date, over 75,000 members have activated worldwide, representing a remarkable accomplishment for a program whose original goal was at least 5,000 members.