Being a new Regional Liaison is a challenging task (esp. when there are Regional Liaisons like Giovanni Seppia, who have served longer;-).
My region is fascinating: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
I know many people in many of those countries, but I am looking forward to meet many more. I am excited about the endless possibilities we’ll have in our attempts to make the relations between ICANN and the Internet communities in these countries the best possible. By “Internet community” I mean everyone – governments, citizens, businesses, non-governmental sector.
I will be looking for information from every and each of the ccTLD (country-code top level domain) administrators, from the academic networks, the government, the Internet Service Providers, the Internet Society and last, but surely not least, from individual Internet users. I plan to continue building the traditionally good relations with all governments and their representatives at the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). I hope also to see what we can do with regards to the Internationalized Domain Names (IDN).
To find out what the Regional Liaisons do, please, see the President’s report (PDF, 364 Kb) from Sao Paulo. Regional Liaisons are responsible for engaging with and responding to stakeholders and participants in relation to ICANN’s mandate. Responsibilities include outreach, support to and engagement with respective regions and stakeholders – civil society, business, governments; partnering with respective organizations; and deliver against business plans consistent with ICANN’s operations and strategic plan (PDF, 76 Kb; more on the process here).