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ICANN Nominating Committee Issues Formal Call for Recommendations and Statements of Interest

The ICANN Nominating Committee invites Recommendations and Statements of Interest from the community as it seeks qualified candidates for the following positions:

  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors
  • One member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • Three members of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
  • Two members of the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)

Those individuals selected by the Nominating Committee will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe, address intriguing technical coordination problems and related policy development challenges with diverse functional, cultural, and geographic dimensions, and gain valuable insights and experience from working across these boundaries of knowledge, responsibility and perspective.

Additionally, those selected will gain the satisfaction of making a valuable public service contribution. Placing the broad public interest ahead of any particular interests, they will help ensure the stability and security of the Internet for critically important societal functions.

These voluntary positions are not remunerated, although direct expenses incurred in the course of duty may be reimbursed. These positions may involve significant international travel, including personal presence at periodic ICANN meetings, as well as regular telephone and Internet communications.

Candidates should be women and men with a high level of qualifications and experience with an international outlook including some familiarity with the Internet. They should be prepared to contribute to the collective decision-making process among ICANN’s constituencies, supporting organizations and advisory bodies.

Selection criteria, eligibility factors, roles of each position, application procedure, and contacts are posted at <http://nomcom.icann.org/formalcall-30jun04.htm>

Applications will be handled confidentially and should be received by 12:00 GMT on 7 August 2004 for full consideration. Selections will be made in October with service beginning in December 2004.

Questions or comments may be emailed to ICANN at <nomcom-comments@icann.org>.


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