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The At-Large Community Seeks Expressions of Interest for Candidates for Post of ICANN Board Seat

A call for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) is now open through December 26, 2013. This Call for EoIs is part of the process through which the user community within ICANN will appoint one voting member of the ICANN Board. While acting in a personal capacity as a member of the ICANN Board, this member must be able to reflect the users' point of view and interests in the debate and decision making undertaken within the ICANN framework.

In seeking candidates for this post, ICANN's At-Large Community is looking for an individual with a broad international perspective and a background in Internet users' interests, consumer policy and/or civil society worldwide.

Information about the At-Large Community:

"At-Large" is the name of the community of individual Internet users involved in ICANN's policy development process. It currently consists of over 160 active At-Large organizations (called "At-Large Structures" or "ALSes"), representing the opinions of the global community of Internet users. At-Large provides a means through which individual end users of the Internet worldwide can participate in the matters on which ICANN works, such as:

  • Guidance on how to run Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs);
  • How to introduce new gTLDs (such as .eco, .green and IDN TLDs); and
  • How to implement a stable and fair transition from IPv4 to the next Internet addresses generation, IPv6.

The At-Large Board Candidate Evaluation Committee (BCEC) now calls for Expressions of Interest (EoIs).

For more information regarding the BCEC, including member details, please see the At-Large Board Candidate Evaluation Committee Web page (https://community.icann.org/display/ABMS/Board+Candidate+Evaluation+Committee+%28BCEC%29+2014).

How to apply for consideration:

To apply, please complete and submit the Expression of Interest (EoI) available at https://www.bigpulse.com/p26527/register. The form can be submitted online or printed and either:

  • Posted to At-Large Director Applications, ICANN, c/o Heidi Ullrich, 12025 Waterfront Dr. Ste 300, California 90094, USA; or
  • Faxed to +1 310 823 8649.

To be considered, EoIs must be received by 26 December 2013 at 23:59 UTC.

Please feel free to e-mail the BCEC with any questions regarding the SOI or the application process at BCEC-Request@icann.org. The BCEC will respond to all inquiries.

Additional information is available on the At-Large Board Director 2014 Selection Workspace (https://community.icann.org/display/ABMS/At-Large+Board+Member+2014+Selection)

To watch a video of Roberto Gaetano, Chair of the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee explain the Board member search, go here: http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/kits/video-alac-call-candidates-lo-16dec13-en.htm

To view Tijani Ben Jemaa, Chair of the Board Member Process Committee speak about the process, go here (in French only): http://www.icann.org/fr/news/press/kits/video-alac-call-candidates-lo-16dec13-fr.htm


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