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Summary of Individual Board Director and Board Liaison Statements of Interest (in alphabetical order)

as of 12 March 2012

  1. Sebastien Bachollet – Member of the Board of the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR), which is the sponsoring organization responsible for policy setting for the .XXX sTLD; has a consulting contract with Items International, which had a contract with ICANN for the ccNSO review and is currently running the ASO review. Items International is set to provide consulting services for New gTLDs. Mr. Bachollet will not be involved in the new gTLD projects, but will be in charge of open-data and information systems projects.

  2. Rod Beckstrom – TWIKI.NET – Investor.

  3. Cherine Chalaby – Nothing Identified.

  4. Steve Crocker – CEO and Director of Shinkuro. Afilias, that has registry agreement with ICANN, has an investment in Shinkuro. Ram Mohan is a Director and an investor of Shinkuro. Shinkuro does some analysis and software development work for Afilias related to their back end, narrowly focused on the detailed operational differences among the various DNS name server software packages. Shinkuro has a contract with DHS for $1 million for development of policies and procedures for adoption of DNSSEC; such policies may or may not align with ICANN’s objectives in this area.

  5. Chris Disspain – Director and CEO of .au Domain Administration Limited, the .au ccTLD manager; .au has sponsorship agreement with ICANN under which .au pays ICANN a yearly amount based on the amount of names under management. Former Officer of ICANN, Paul Levins, has been named as a Director of .au Domain Administration Limited.

  6. Heather Dryden – Ex Officio, non-voting Board Director, representing Industry Canada for the Operator of dot-CA.

  7. Bill Graham - Holds a consulting contract with the Internet Society. The subject matter of that contract is unrelated to the mandate of ICANN.

  8. Bertrand de La Chapelle – Launched and heads a program (research and dialogue facilitation) on the topic “Internet and Jurisdiction”, at a Paris-based think-tank. Some expected funding for the program comes from entities that may apply for new gTLDs or provide services to applicants.

  9. Erika Mann – Heads up the Facebook, Inc.’s policy office in Brussels.

  10. Ram Mohan – Employee Officer of Afilias, a contracted party with ICANN and which is under contract for services to registry operators that are under contract to ICANN. Afilias is an investor in Shinkuro, the R&D Company for which Steve Crocker is the CEO, and where Ram is a Director and a small shareholder. Afilias is a minority shareholder in ICM Registry, Inc., the .XXX TLD operator. Afilias has a minority investment in Sedari, which provides advice to new gTLD clients. Afilias is a minority shareholder in an entity that was a candidate to operate the ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse. Afilias has a contractual relationship with ICANN's former CEO on security-related matters. Ram's family member is the owner and CEO of an ICANN accredited registrar. Afilias has a standard agreement with Melbourne IT (Bruce Tonkin's employer and an ICANN accredited registrar). Afilias is a contributor to Internet Systems Consortium (Suzanne Woolf's employer) for BIND and for the development of BIND10. Ram is the president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC).

  11. Thomas Narten – Software engineer for IBM. IBM may apply for a new gTLD.

  12. Gonzalo Navarro – Chief of Staff, Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property.

  13. Ray Plzak – Nothing identified.

  14. R. Ramaraj – Nothing identified.

  15. Thomas Roessler - Chairman of the Board of the World Wide Web Foundation (US), for which George Sadowsky provides consulting services. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that appointed Mr. Roessler as Board Liaison is the recipient of a major grant from the Internet Society (ISOC), whose major income source is the operation of the .org TLD through PIR and Afilias (Ram Mohan’s employer and new gTLD registry operator). Several contracted parties of ICANN are current or former W3C member organizations.

  16. George Sadowsky – Provides consulting services to the World Wide Web Foundation (US), for which Thomas Roessler serves as Chairman of the Board.

  17. Mike Silber – Director and treasurer of ccTLD .za domain name authority and member of the Management Committee and treasurer of Internet Service provider Association (ISPA) South Africa.

  18. Bruce Tonkin - Chief Strategy Officer of Melbourne IT, which has
    contract with ICANN as accredited registrar on the same terms as all other registrars.  Melbourne IT is an accredited registrar with .au Domain Administration Limited of which Chris Disspain is the CEO. Melbourne IT has a standard registry-registrar agreement with Afilias (Ram Mohan employer and current gTLD registry Operator) for .info and has a non-exclusive teaming agreement for services for new gTLD applicants with Afilias.  Melbourne IT also provides corporate domain name management services to IBM (Thomas Narten’s employer).

  19. Kuo-Wei Wu –CEO – National Information Infrastructure Enterprise Promotion Association (NIIEPA)– Internet Policy Research.

  20. Suzanne Woolf – Employer, Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), for which she is key employee, provides products and services related to its BIND software product to Afilias, and ICANN has contracted with ISC re: BIND software used in the DNS infrastructure. Outside her salary, she has no direct financial interest in these contracts. ISC does business with many DNS related entities.

    ISC is currently actively pursuing partnerships and capabilities to become a back-end registry service provider, but does not currently provide such services.

    She is Secretariat Director for OARC (DNS-OARC, the Operations, Analysis, and Research Center for the DNS); Shinkuro is a beneficial member of OARC. ICANN has contracted with OARC to (i) study L-Root capabilities; and (ii) to collect and analyze DNS data related to DNSSEC rollout in 2010.

  21. Judith Duavit Vasquez – Chair and CEO, with controlling interest in, Phcolo, Inc., which is involved in telecom and Internet infrastructure business; Board member for GMA Network, Inc., GMA Radio and GMA New Media Inc., which are broadcast, radio and digital media platform and content providers. Has indicated that she may be involved with a new gTLD application.
Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."