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Welcome to the 2008 BoT Elections forum!
Posted on February 27th, 2008 by the ISOC Elections Committee

To Our Candidates:

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 2008-2010 Plan and Budget (PDF: 814KB). 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
Q1: Priorities
Posted on March 14th, 2008 by the ISOC Elections Committee

ISOC has a broad and large membership, with healthy debate regarding the priorities for the organization as a whole and on approaches/practices. What do you believe the priorities should be for the organization? What would you suggest the Board and Management do to bring about an agreed position?

Q2: Internet Challenges
Posted on March 14th, 2008 by the ISOC Elections Committee

What specific challenges ­ including, but not restricted to technical and political challenges ­ do you expect the Internet to encounter during your tenure? How would you recommend that ISOC meet them?

Q3: Geographic and language Diversity for ISOC
Posted on March 14th, 2008 by the ISOC Elections Committee

Do you think that geographic and language diversity on the board is important for ISOC? How would you recommend implementation at the board level, at the staff level and as a global organization?

Q4: Education activities
Posted on March 14th, 2008 by the ISOC Elections Committee

ISOC currently sponsors many educational efforts. These include regional conferences, focused workshops, and conferences shared with other organizations.

What educational requirements do you think are important for ISOC to address? How would you recommend addressing them?

Q5: Projects Funding Initiative
Posted on March 14th, 2008 by the ISOC Elections Committee

ISOC, through the Project Funding program, also partially funds chapter and members projects, which host a large amount of local discussion and education.

What goals should ISOC pursue with the projects funding initiative? Would you recommend any changes to be more useful for ISOC, chapters and members?

Q6: Public Policy Issues
Posted on March 14th, 2008 by the ISOC Elections Committee

ISOC has provided a variety of services and activities related to public policy. It publishes briefings on the web for the education of its members. It participated extensively in WSIS and participates now in the IGF. It coordinated other volunteers and coordinated with organizational members, chapters and other Internet Community organizations in those discussions. It has hired consultants to advise on national ICT policy. Most recently, as part of our Chapter Development Program, and in an effort to expand our local policy and education activities, ISOC opened regional bureaus in Africa, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. Many of our members and chapters consider national ICT policy a primary focus, working with ICANN and the RIRs among others in various ways. Organizational members have the opportunity to use ISOC as an additional correlative voice in the relevant fora. ISOC members and chapters have also directly advised government entities on the relationship between requirements for forensic access to the Internet, individual privacy, and the impacts of both on commerce as a small example of areas where we have been active.

What public policy issues do you believe will need to be addressed during your tenure, and how would you recommend that ISOC respond to them?

Q7: ISOC and the IETF
Posted on March 14th, 2008 by the ISOC Elections Committee

Financial and administrative support of Internet Standardization through the IETF has been an important part of ISOC’s mission since it was founded. In the past few years, the IETF has reorganized its support services, routing money through the IETF’s Administrative Support Activity (IASA) housed within ISOC and having all of its services contracted through IASA and under the oversight of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) and with “corporate” support from ISOC.

In addition, ISOC has also recently funded programs in developing countries to increase awareness of and access to the IETF’s activities. The IETF also indirectly supports ISOC educational and policy efforts through its RFCs, such as RFCs 1984 and 2804 and by writing technical briefings.

What changes would you like to see in the way ISOC supports the IETF, and the support the IETF offers to ISOC? Are there other services which ISOC should offer to the IETF? What should ISOC’s relationship be with other standards development organizations like the W3C? What, in your opinion, is the best way for ISOC to promote open Internet Standardization?

Q8: ISOC and PIR
Posted on March 14th, 2008 by the ISOC Elections Committee

PIR is organized as a supporting organization of ISOC, and is a separate company. They provide financial support to ISOC activities, and ISOC challenges them to be an exemplary registry, an example to the others. Do you see any business or ethics challenge for the global ISOC community? If so, how would you recommend that ISOC face them?

Posted on March 14th, 2008 by the ISOC Elections Committee

Some of the ISOC chapters and members are participating in ICANN activities. Do you see that as a good evolution for ISOC? What do you want to recommend for the future?