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[council] Update on teleconference to interview the candidates for ICANN Board seat #14

Hello All,

Based on the feedback I have received so far, I will go ahead and arrange the 
teleconference to interview the candidates for:

Tuesday 11 March at 20:00 UTC
- 3pm Washington, DC
- 9pm Brussels
- 7am (Wednesday) Melbourne, Australia

If any candidate cannot make that time, please let me know and I will try to 
arrange a separate teleconference to accommodate you.

The teleconference will be of 90 minutes duration.

Each candidate will have 20 minutes to respond to the same set of questions.
Council members and the ALAC liaison will be able to ask for clarification on 
any of the responses.  Candidates should take advantage of the opportunity to 
provide a pre-prepared candidate statement, and use the teleconference to bring 
out the highlights of that statement.

The call will be established with a significant number of listen only ports for 
use by GNSO constituency members to hear the candidates responses to the 
questions.  An audio recording will be made of the teleconference and made 
available shortly after the call is complete.

I have the following set of questions so far:

Question 1

(1) Please explain how you meet the selection criteria for ICANN Board 
Directors shall be: 

* Accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity, and intelligence, with 
reputations for sound judgment and open minds, and a demonstrated capacity for 
thoughtful group decision-making; 

* Persons with an understanding of ICANN's mission and the potential impact of 
ICANN decisions on the global Internet community, and committed to the success 
of ICANN; 

* Persons who will produce the broadest cultural and geographic diversity on 
the Board consistent with meeting the other criteria set forth in this Section; 

* Persons who, in the aggregate, have personal familiarity with the operation 
of gTLD registries and registrars; with ccTLD registries; with IP address 
registries; with Internet technical standards and protocols; with 
policy-development procedures, legal traditions, and the public interest; and 
with the broad range of business, individual, academic, and non-commercial 
users of the Internet; 

* Persons who are willing to serve as volunteers, without compensation other 
than the reimbursement of certain expenses; and 

* Persons who are able to work and communicate in written and spoken English. 

Question 2

(2) Please explain how you as an ICANN Board member would assist ICANN to 
achieve it's Mission over the next 2 years, consistent with its core values.


The mission of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers 
("ICANN") is to coordinate, at the overall level, the global Internet's systems 
of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the stable and secure 
operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems. In particular, ICANN:

1. Coordinates the allocation and assignment of the three sets of unique 
identifiers for the Internet, which are

a. Domain names (forming a system referred to as "DNS");

b. Internet protocol ("IP") addresses and autonomous system ("AS") numbers; and

c. Protocol port and parameter numbers.

2. Coordinates the operation and evolution of the DNS root name server system.

3. Coordinates policy development reasonably and appropriately related to these 
technical functions.


In performing its mission, the following core values should guide the decisions 
and actions of ICANN:

1. Preserving and enhancing the operational stability, reliability, security, 
and global interoperability of the Internet.

2. Respecting the creativity, innovation, and flow of information made possible 
by the Internet by limiting ICANN's activities to those matters within ICANN's 
mission requiring or significantly benefiting from global coordination.

3. To the extent feasible and appropriate, delegating coordination functions to 
or recognizing the policy role of other responsible entities that reflect the 
interests of affected parties.

4. Seeking and supporting broad, informed participation reflecting the 
functional, geographic, and cultural diversity of the Internet at all levels of 
policy development and decision-making.

5. Where feasible and appropriate, depending on market mechanisms to promote 
and sustain a competitive environment.

6. Introducing and promoting competition in the registration of domain names 
where practicable and beneficial in the public interest.

7. Employing open and transparent policy development mechanisms that (i) 
promote well-informed decisions based on expert advice, and (ii) ensure that 
those entities most affected can assist in the policy development process.

8. Making decisions by applying documented policies neutrally and objectively, 
with integrity and fairness.

9. Acting with a speed that is responsive to the needs of the Internet while, 
as part of the decision-making process, obtaining informed input from those 
entities most affected.

10. Remaining accountable to the Internet community through mechanisms that 
enhance ICANN's effectiveness.

11. While remaining rooted in the private sector, recognizing that governments 
and public authorities are responsible for public policy and duly taking into 
account governments' or public authorities' recommendations. 

These core values are deliberately expressed in very general terms, so that 
they may provide useful and relevant guidance in the broadest possible range of 
circumstances. Because they are not narrowly prescriptive, the specific way in 
which they apply, individually and collectively, to each new situation will 
necessarily depend on many factors that cannot be fully anticipated or 
enumerated; and because they are statements of principle rather than practice, 
situations will inevitably arise in which perfect fidelity to all eleven core 
values simultaneously is not possible. Any ICANN body making a recommendation 
or decision shall exercise its judgment to determine which core values are most 
relevant and how they apply to the specific circumstances of the case at hand, 
and to determine, if necessary, an appropriate and defensible balance among 
competing values.

Question 3

(3) Please identify any potential conflicts of interest (for example 
relationships with parties, such as registries and registrars, that are in 
contractual relationships with ICANN), and explain how you will deal with these 
conflicts in the course of your duties as an ICANN Board director.

If you have other questions you would like to ask, please let me know at least 
24 hours prior to the call so that the candidates have a chance to prepare.  I 
encourage council members to consult with their constituencies to formulate 
further important questions.

Bruce Tonkin