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An ending … and a new beginning!

15 April 2010

Nick Ashton-Hart

As some of you may have heard I am leaving ICANN next month. An opportunity came my way which will take me “back to my roots” in international intellectual property policy, and as great a job as Senior Director for Participation and Engagement is (and it is a great job!), I feel that that this opportunity is simply too compelling to let it pass me by.

ICANN’s commitment to Participation and Engagement predated my tenure, and it will continue on for as long as there is an ICANN. If you would like to apply to fill the post I’ve had the honour to fill, the door is most definitely open; you can find more information and apply at http://hostedjobs.openhire.com/epostings/submit.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=213491&company_id=16025&version=1&source=ONLINE&jobOwner=973076&aid=1.

Whomever is selected for this role, I wish them all the best – from leading the charge to bring further improvements to remote participation at meetings, to helping the community make choices about the future of ICANN’s meetings, to engaging new communities – there’s a lot to be done,  and the job is very rewarding.  You can find more information on the core of the programme for the next year at http://www.icann.org/en/committees/participation/proposed-work-programme-for-2010-2011-12mar10-en.pdf.

It has been a privilege and an honour to serve the Internet community for the past three and a half years. I’ve met amazing people, with a real passion for the future of the Internet and an unshakeable commitment to building a better future for everyone. Whilst I’m going to a very different area of international policy, as an Internet user myself I believe my interests are in great hands – yours. I will enjoy watching the future unfold as all of you create it!

Nick Ashton-Hart