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Welcome to the ISOC 2007 BoT Elections forum!

To all candidates for the 2007 ISOC Board of Trustees Elections: Thank you again for your interest in seeking a position on the ISOC Board of Trustees. If elected, you will serve on ISOC’s Board of Trustees for three years. During that time, as discussed in the description of the Fiduciary Obligations of Trustees, you will not be a representative of the members’ group that elected you, although your viewpoint will of course reflect your experience. You will have a political and fiduciary responsibility to ISOC as a whole. In that role, you will be called on to make ISOC an effective instrument for improving the Internet, the experience of its users, and the public policies that relate to it.

As such, we would like to ask for your three year strategic view relative to the Strategic Operating Plan. Please see part 1 of the SOP as well as the 2007-2009 Budget and Financial Presentation.

Would you please tell us, from your perspective, what challenges you expect ISOC to face during this time, and what you would like to see happen during your tenure on the board? Specifically we are seeking answers to the questions that follow.

Note to ISOC members: The Election Committee’s questions and candidates’ replies, will be visible to all ISOC members through this forum. If you’d like to suggest a question that the Elections Committee should ask, please send it to

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6 Responses to “Welcome to the ISOC 2007 BoT Elections forum!”

  1. Comment by: Amitabh Singhal   
    March 16th, 2007 at 7:47 am

    The Budget projections specifically the 44% incremental revenue over next one year, might be a challenge and most of the programs and plans specially to support IETF hinges on a focussed, tightly supervised and successful execution of all marketing campaigns to garner a wider membership base. The revenue estimate dependence on PIR’s .org contributing nearly 65% to the kitty, is to my mind a thin base.
    Second challenge would be building and use sufficient capabilities to promote ISOC’s value systems and beliefs in the public policy arena, considering the fact that gloablly Internet is being considered by the governments as the de-facto channel for unlawful, security threatening activities, and hence their increasing penchant to try control the way the Net is allowed to be accessed. ISOC challenge will be to find ways to engage the govt’s more meaningfully in their concerns, while simultaneously being able to keep retain and promote the priciples of Internet.

  2. Comment by: Alejandro Pisanty   
    March 25th, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    The priorities of ISOC for the coming years are centered around expanding ISOC’s influence in all relevant spaces, preserving and continuing to consolidate its IETF-related functions, and engaging a larger membership through a better-working chapter structure. ISOC’s education mission must be updated and expanded, its standards work must continue and be better known, and its policy mission must undergo a rapid, solid expansion.

    Board and Management need to support the education and outreach mission, create more communication between the standards mission and the education and policy ones, and aggressively expand the policy mission.

    To achieve this, in turn, ISOC needs to support both chapter and “headquarters” initiatives for education (for example, the regional workshops, and much more online learning initiative, in which the Chapters as well as staff and contracted third parties can develop a curriculum and contents adapted to different region and sector needs); and for policy, identifying in a fast way the policy challenges that emerge and providing membership and Chapters with forums to discuss and create policy responses or proposals, and feedback on what has worked or hasn’t in similar places and instances.

    Further for these purposes, ISOC must strengthen its bonds and joint work with topic-specific organizations such as ICANN, the Anti-Phishing Working Group, FIRST and the CERT network,GKP, GIPI, etc., and universities and schools.

    The IETF related efforts must continue, including a continuation of a very careful approximation with the ITU and other standards-setting bodies. ISOC must collaborate with these organizations only to the extent that they themselves embody in proven practice an open Internet, and the multi-stakeholder approach claimed for by the conclusions of the World Summit on the Information Society and already proven and embodied by Internet-community organizations like ICANN.

  3. Comment by: Patrick Vande Walle   
    March 29th, 2007 at 12:37 am

    The priorities of ISOC as set forth by the Strategic Operation Plan aims at reinforcing the basic values of the Society. There are some challenges, though.

    One of these is the increasing dependence of the Society on the revenue stream from PIR. The other is the increasing cost of the standards pillar. Without the PIR contribution, we would not be able to support the activities of the IETF. It is worrying to see that the main beneficiaries of the IETF process, the IT and telecom industry, do not financially contribute more to the standards process. We should aim at making the standards pillar financially autonomous. This would help make it viable on the long term.

    A major threat is that censorship of Internet content is rising. The monitoring of the users communications is more and more done with the active participation of the Internet industry, mostly in exchange of the right to enter new markets. ISOC has been historically weak on matters like censorship and freedom of expression and a special emphasis on those issues should be at the core of ISOC’s mission.

    One of the main challenges ISOC will have to face is credibility in the policy area. On the public policy issues, while chapters has been present to address such issues at the national level, ISOC has to start to tackle policy issues at the regional level and water down its mostly US-centric approach.

  4. Comment by: Olivier Muron   
    April 2nd, 2007 at 9:17 am

    The Internet will encounter many crucial challenges in the coming years. Some are technical, others are political. Many issues have both characteristics (see my response to Q2).

    The Internet Society must take its full part in the debates and be the advocate for the core values of openness, end-to-end design and layered architecture that have made the success of the Internet and permitted its huge innovation potential.

    ISOC’s voice will be louder if it expands its membership to better represent the whole community of the stakeholders.

  5. Comment by: Rudi Vansnick   
    April 18th, 2007 at 5:10 am

    Defining priorities means other issues would not have the chance to be treated. Last 2 years having been involved on more “on the floor” activities in the Internet, my concern goes to the individual non-Internet users. Still a lot of people have not yet been connected to this enormous world of information. And still we focus on more technical aspects rather then having attention for the more elementary needs of the info-poor category of people.

    Budget-wise a bit more efforts in regards to the digital divide would be one of my concerns in the BoT. Even living in a “rich country” we have only 57% of the population connected to the Internet, so it is not only a matter for non-developed countries.

    I’m joining my colleagues on the other issues. It is difficult to be more accurate in the explanation above has been so detailed and well described.

  6. Comment by: Charles Mok   
    April 28th, 2007 at 4:37 am

    In the past 20 years, I have taken on many different roles in Internet development: user, ISP, government, ccTLD, business and NGO. As the world becomes more dependent on the Internet as a critical infrastructure, a primary media of communications and a primary source of innovation and growth, ISOC needs to develop to be a stronger and more influential voice, and a global unifying force on all levels, from local and regional and national and global.

    However, it is also clear that in my region of the world, Internet governance and policy issues are not well understood or even taken seriously by the community, and even governments. I believe that my role on ISOC BOT will enable me to focus the attention of the stakeholders on these issues and expand ISOC’s role in Asia and China in particular, and improve the links and shorten the distance of our region with the rest of the world.

    The key issues that I have a keen interest in include: digital copyright, open knowledge, digital inclusion, free speech on the Internet, education, critical infrastructure, security, consumer protection, corporate social responsibilities.

    I believe I have the experience and leadership records in business, government advisory, political, trade/professional associations and NGOs to be a successful member of ISOC BOT. In particular, my background and direct experience with with ISP, telecom, ccTLD, sTLD, IT vendors and of course users enable me to develop balanced perspectives on issues. My diverse international cultural exposure is also an asset for me to work with people and organizations from all over the world.

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