POC Candidates Announced

In accordance with the procedures previously defined the Internet Society Board of Trustees will appoint two individuals to serve as representatives of the Internet Society on the gTLD Policy Oversight Committee (POC). Twenty-seven (27) nominations were submitted, but two individuals have chosen to withdraw their nominations. The remaining 25 will be considered by the Board for the two appointments. Each of those 25 nominees has confirmed a willingness to serve if appointed.

Confidential comments from the community are solicited and may be sent to isoc-pocnom-comments@isoc.org. Comments should be submitted no later than 10 October 1997.

Following the comment period, the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society will select two appointees and they will be announced the week of 19 October.

The Internet Society will be guided in its deliberations by the procedures defined in RFC 2027. Nominees must accept that a recall procedure, analogous to that defined in RFC 2027, may be invoked at any time during their terms.

Further information on the the Generic Top Level Domain Memorandum of Understanding is available at http://www.gtld-mou.org.

The list of candidates is below, followed by a statement of the individual's Internet and global credentials.

  1. Christopher Wilkinson
  2. Rick Wesson
  3. Richard Schneider
  4. Richard P. Gray
  5. Bill Casti
  6. Robert Marshall
  7. Aveek Datta - Nomination has been withdrawn by Mr. Datta
  8. Carl Oppedahl
  9. Gligor Tashkovich
  10. Kendall Lougheed
  11. David Maher
  12. Ronald James Fitzherbert
  13. Richard D. Perlman
  14. Walter Brouwer
  15. Thomas L. Lufkin
  16. Marc-Andre Leger
  17. David Melnick - Nomination has been withdrawn by Mr. Melnick
  18. Mark Measday
  19. Ramanan (Ram) P. S.
  20. Lyman Chapin
  21. G. Gervaise Davis, III
  22. Kenneth (Jim) James Pruitt
  23. Bernard Turcotte
  24. Eric Gordon Swan
  25. Tolga Yurderi
  26. Paul Osborn
  27. Jacques Guichard

  1. Christopher Wilkinson
    Affiliation: European Commission

    Statement: The Internet is the critical infrastructure for the Information Society. Its global organisation and management - including the DNS - should be based on transparent and representative structures acting in the public interest, talking full account of the scope for future growth and expansion, geographically, economically and socially. Christopher Wilkinson has an extensive international background. He has worked with the Commonwealth and the OECD and fulfilled senior responsibilities with the World Bank and the European Commission. He has lived in China, the UK, Spain, USA, Nigeria and Belgium. In recent years he has been responsible for the International aspects of information technology and telecommunications for the European Commission and has been closely involved with negotiations with the ITU and several Governments in areas of high technology, including telecommunications services, electronics, radio spectrum and the Internet. As a result he has a thorough knowledge of European and international policies relevant to the Internet and is currently in close touch with all the organisations participating in the Internet Community in Europe, and has been instrumental in stimulating their interest in the work of the IAHC and the IPOC during the past year.


  2. Rick Wesson
    Affiliation: Internet Business Services

    Statement: I have been active in the issues surrounding the gTLD-MoU from way back. I have persued the technical aspects of the IAHC recomendations by working in aspects of the Shared gTLD Repository Software. I have attempted to get the IETF involved and solisited interest in the technical aspects of gTLDs. I have run the newdom mailing list since before the IAHC existed. Chaired 2 BOFs in the IETF on the subject. I am currently interim Deputy director of the PAB and have no interest in running a Registry or making a profit off any software,related to gTLDs, that I write. I also assist in bootstrapping the CORE website and run the administrative side of the CORE e-mail lists.


  3. Richard Schneider
    Affiliation: Epson Image Technology Center

    Statement: I have worked closely with many individual companies helping them maintain their network presence. Currently I am working with Seiko Epson worldwide network services. We are attempting to unify the various (several hundred) names of Epson/Seiko Epson. I have been a member of ISOC for 4 years now. I have also been a member of the eDNS. Alternative methods are very much needed to grow the Internet.


  4. Richard P. Gray
    Affiliation: Medical Patients Networks

    Statement: Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer. Gray spearheads strategic direction and planning for Medpatients networks, day to day operations and world wide sales in his roll as chairman of the board, president and CEO. He brings more than 30 years marketing and management experience to the company. Gray most recently served as VP marketing for DestMark inc, one of the first destination marketing companies to utilize the World Wide Web. Prior to joining DestMark he was co-founder and CEO of LightSystemsInc, best known for their product Virtual Destinations on the World Wide Web.


  5. Bill Casti, CQA
    Affiliation: Bell Atlantic Network services

    Statement: I am the system and firewall administrator for FEMA, under contract from Bell Atlantic, responsible for system security, useability and connectivity for over 5,000 users, nationwide. Privately, I also run my own Internet-based businesses, DBA Associated Quality Consultants, Inc. (http://www.quality.org, http://www.recovery.org and others); I am a nationally-Certified Quality Auditor, and Chair-elect for the Northern VA chapter of the American Society for Quality; I am North Point Director 2 for Reston Citizens Association (term expires 1998). I am a strong proponent of online privacy and public-key encryption. I am very involved in my personal and professional communities, both online and in real-time.


  6. Robert Marshall
    Affiliation: U.S. Department of State

    Statement: I am interested in serving on the Policy Oversight Committee. I am the President and founder of the State Department's Internet User's Group. I have been a Foreign Service Officer for twenty years and have served in Tehran, Bangkok, Vienna, Buenos Aires, and most recently Belgrade. Among the offices I have held at State were head of IM for the Foreign Service Institute, our equivalent of one of the service academies and Deputy Director of Information Management for the Secretariat. I founded the education technology center at the Foreign Service Institute and was responsible for the design of computer operations for the new campus of the Institute at Arlington Hall, Va. Presently I am responsible for technical development of the Department's six billion dollar financial system, Intranet web sites, and financial systems security. More information is available at my modest web site, http://members.nova.org/~robertm


  7. Aveek Datta - Nomination has been withdrawn by Mr. Datta
    Affiliation: Monolith Internet services

    Statement: I am a very competent network administrator with over a year of experience on dealing with this 'issue'. I've haggled with the greatest, and not so greatest, minds on this issue and have a very wide point of view on the whole issue. I also have a very unique point of view from running the international Monolith Internet Services, of which one goal is to provide free domain names to all. Supporting 50,000 users from all over the world has given me insight into what the Internet really wants and I also have the technical experience to back it up. Most anyone who's been in on the debate for a while does know my name, even though I've been out of the 'battle' for a while since I grew tired of the bickering. However, I'm willing to serve on the POC if I am appointed.


  8. Carl Oppedahl
    Affiliation: Oppedahl & Larson, intellectual property law firm

    Statement: I am quite familiar with the technical function of the domain name system and all of the other protocols that make the Internet function. I am one of the founding partners of the firm of Oppedahl & Larson, which has an international intellectual property law practice. I have a bachelor's degree in physics from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. My law degree is from Harvard Law School. Publications relevant to this area include: "Analysis and Suggestions Regarding NSI Domain Name Trademark Dispute Policy", 7 Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal 73 (1996), draft available at ; "Remedies in Domain Name Lawsuits: How is a domain name like a cow?", 15 John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law 437 (1997), draft available at . I believe I can offer a perspective different from that of other members of the Committee, and thus can assist the Committee in its efforts to serve the Internet Community.


  9. Gligor Tashkovich
    Affiliation: Neutral/None (as I am an international entrepreneur)

    Statement: Worked in Office of Advanced Scientific Computing/Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation for Dennis Jennings during part of 1985; served as U.S. Delegate to EARN Technical Committee (1985-1987); Assistant to the Director (Dr. Larry Lee), Cornell National Supercomputer Facility (1986-1987); Technology Assessment Engineer, Digital Equipment Corporation's European External Research Program (1987-1988) Co-located in France/Switzerland; Computer Networking Consultant, World Economic Forum; Geneva, Switzerland; Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development for the Mediterranean Group of Companies, co-authored strategic plan for Moscow Local Telephone Company (MGTS) in 1992-1993; Introduced AT&T; to the Republic of Macedonia; Consulted for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on a Digital Overlay Network for Uzbekistan; Consulted for then-Office of Technology Assessment of U.S. Congress on use of international telecommunications networks by major U.S. corporations; Consulted for ANS on circuit red-lining problem between USA and Australia; Top education from Cornell University (B.A., M.B.A.); I've conducted business in 15 countries around the world (and travelled for leisure to many more) and I've travelled to every continent at least twice; I've been a ("pioneer") member of ISOC since the Copenhagen Meeting in June, 1991 and I would look forward to this opportunity to give back to the community after such a long hiatus. Currently I am developing the Trans-Balkan Oil Pipeline project which will connect the Black Sea with the Adriatic Sea and cross the Republics of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Albania. I am also working to bring Western Union into the Balkans for money-transfer services.


  10. Kendall Lougheed
    Affiliation: MicroWorks

    Statement: I would like to nominate myself to the committee which frames the evolution of the Internet DNS. Relevant qualifications include:


  11. David Maher
    Affiliation: Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal

    Statement: David W. Maher was a member of the International Ad Hoc Committee from its inception in September, 1996; he was appointed by the Internet Society as one of its two representatives. Since May 1, 1997, when the IAHC was disbanded, he has served as the chair of the interim Policy Oversight Committee (iPOC). David is a patent lawyer and partner in the firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, with offices throughout the U.S. and in London. He was co-chair of the Internet subcommittee of the International Trademark Association for 2 years prior to the formation of IAHC, and has lectured and written extensively on the legal issues of trademark conflicts in the DNS. He is 62 years old and a resident of Chicago IL.


  12. Ronald James Fitzherbert
    Affiliation: Flying Penguin Productions Limited, Trilogy Development Group

    Statement: I have worked the for the last five years for the private sector (SYSCON, Internet Online, Inc., Flying Penguin Productions Limited, Trilogy Development Group) and the US Government (Department of Education and United States Trade Representative) in all areas of Internet development and management. I have served on non-profit boards (Arlington Community Access Corporation and Alliance for Community Media). I submitted the first draft-proposal to the IAHC, am a signator of the gTLD-MOU and a participant on the PAB list. I am a two-year member of the ISOC and was a 1997 ISOC Board Candidate. I also run www.registry.org which is a web page of Domain Name related information.


  13. Richard D. Perlman
    Affiliation: Berkeley Internet Group

    Statement: Richard has been a leader in the introduction of the Internet to the telephone industry. While at Pacific Bell he developed a pioneering project to bring the net into the K-12 classroom. He developed the basic dial-access services for Pacific Bell's and Southwestern Bell's entry into the Internet service provision market. Now leading his own company, he provided product development and marketing expertise to companies looking to do business on the Internet. Richard is a recognized leader in education on the net. He works in rural and tribal network applications and is active in the Internet Society as co-chair for primary/secondary educational activities.


  14. Walter Brouwer
    Affiliation: Riverland holding

    Statement: °Brussels,1957. Linguist-mathematician. Academic career; Anderson (UK), IBM (Spain);Entrepreneur (1989); CEO of Riverland Holding (controls shares in 21 companies, nine countries,Europe, States). Shareholders BT. Controls shares in Eunet Int.Ltd. Works on big intranets (BP Oil). Heads StarLab (Brussels), research institute MPEG7, Intelligent Objects, Multi-Agent Environments, Genetic Algorithms, Massive networking, Propulsion in space and Quantum Computation. Sponsor of MIT MediaLab, W3 Consortium, Internet Society, Foresight Institute and the Prometheus Project; sits in committees of the European Commission (Requirements Board of the Fifth Framework Programme). Consultant for Coopers&Lybrand; for EU on the European deployment of standards bodies.


  15. Thomas L. Lufkin
    Affiliation: U.S. Department of the Treasury

    Statement: Mr Lufkin is currently the Internet Program Manager for the Department of the Treasury. He is responsible for and manages all aspects of the Internet program including working with Bureaus and Department Offices to register treas.gov domains. He develops policy and gives technical direction to over 30 content providers and webmasters throughout the Department. He has been involved in Internet development for several years including the development of the initial web presence for the US Coast Guard office of Health and Safety. Mr Lufkin maintains several web sites for non-profit organizations including the Civil Air Patrol. He maintains a domain of his own, www.tlufkin.com. Mr Lufkin would have the expertise, interest and time to serve on thie vital committee.


  16. Marc-Andre Leger
    Affiliation: Jazz Media Network

    Statement: Having been an avid user of the Internet for about 7 years now, I have a ood understanding of the capabalities of the technology. I have studied the various philosophies of technology as a catalyst of change, both in business and in society. I like to consider myself a disciple of Marshal McLuhan with strong ties to the Micheal Hammer's and Scott-Morton's of this world. As a Network Manager of experience, I have a strong technological background in most workstation and networking operating systems (DOS, Sun OS, Irix, AIX, Linux, MacOS, NT, Novell and Banyan) and hardware (Macintosh, PC's, Sun, SGI, Cisco, Bay, etc). I also have excellent knowledge of networking and routing protocols. My resume can be found online at: http://www.mlink.net/~ma/cv-mal.html


  17. David Melnick - Nomination has been withdrawn by Mr. Melnick
    Affiliation: Deloitte and Touche LLP

    Statement: My credentials in the Internet area are comprehensive and include multiple publications on the Internet enabling technologies including QUE's "Working with Active Server Pages" and "Microsoft's Commercial Internet System". I have had the great fortune to manage Internet based Electronic Commerce implementations for a wide range of businesses providing me with a cross industry background on the issues associated with the Internet. Finally I have spoken widely on this topic within the United States and Mexico including a two day seminar in Mexico City September 4th and 5th of this year. I am working to help coordinate Deloitte and Touche's efforts in this area and look forward to a more active role in the Internet community.


  18. Mark Measday
    Affiliation: IMD

    Statement: I wish to nominate Mark Measday to serve on this committee. Having obtained his MBA degree from IMI, Geneva (now part of IMD in Lausanne) Mark has assisted the United Nations secretariat in Geneva and other corporations to maximize their use of the Internet to achieve greater organizational efficiency. His international experience, proven successes and keen interest in this topic will make him a valuable asset to this committee.


  19. Ramanan (Ram) P.S.
    Affiliation: Sprint Communications

    Statement: Ramanan has a B.S. in Engineering from Madras, India and an M.S., in Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. His areas of expertise include Data Communications, Software Eng, and Information Technology. In his current capacity, Ramanan is involved in defining business strategies and policies for Sprintlink (Sprint Internet Services). This includes integrating new technologies and adopting policies to fit the core Sprintlink business vision. Prior to this, he worked as a Senior Network Engineer and was responsible for design and operations of MBONE, DNS and USENET News Products for Sprintlink. At Georgia Tech, his main research was focussed on implementing intelligent EDI capabilities within Manufacturing Enterprises, an U.S. DoD funded project. Ramanan, is an invited speaker at Asia Pac Diplomatic Missions, International Development Research Council, Colleges in Northern Virginia USA, and Internet fora in all areas of Internet Technology and business. He is also actively involved in defining Internet policies for developing countries in Asia and Latin America. He continues to support the research and development of several network protocols and is an Advisory Council Member for The Internet Society. He is also an active member of IETF, USENIX/SAGE and IEEE.


  20. Lyman Chapin
    Affiliation: BBN Technologies (a division of GTE Internetworking)

    Statement: I have been active in Internet and global networking for 15 years, with a particular emphasis on naming, addressing, and registration issues. Relevant credentials include: IAB member (89-93); IAB chairman (91-93); IESG member (93-94); founding ISOC Trustee (92-94); U.S. delegation head, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 6/WG 2 (Network layer standards) (84-93); ISO/IEC JTC 1 SWG on Registration Authorities (90-92); ANSI Registration Advisory Committee (90-93); ACM SIGCOMM Chairman (91-95); U.S. representative to IFIP TC6 (Communication Systems) (95-present); Chairman of ANSI-accredited task group X3S3.3 (Network and Transport layer standards) (82-93); author, editor, and presenter on Internet and global telecommunications and networking topics (most recently co-editor for two Feature Topic issues of IEEE Communications on "The Global Internet", May 1997 and June 1997).


  21. G. Gervaise Davis, III
    Affiliation: Davis and Schroeder

    Statement: Gerry Davis is an intellectual property lawyer, from a small boutique Monterey, CA firm, who has handled more than a dozen domain name dispute cases. I think he would bring a "small domain user" point of view to the POC, which would be a welcome counter-balance to the large interests already represented. He has four decades of law experience and three decades of computer-law experience, in copyright, trademark, and licensing issues, for small and medium sized software and Internet provider clients. He's not an old-time Internet guy, but he comes down on the right side of the domain system issues, after experiencing today's problems firsthand.


  22. Kenneth (Jim) James Pruitt
    Affiliation: Enterprises Computing Services, Inc.

    Statement: I am a WebMaster for a small custom software development firm in Woodstock, Georgia. A large percentage of the commercial enterprises registering domains today are small businesses and the creation and administration of Top Level Domains are a vital concern to them. I feel that my perspective in this regard would serve to balance the overall view of the committee. I feel strongly that that the internet must remain free of government restriction and regulation to enable the open exchange of information and ideas. I see the role of the committee as providing a self-regulating mechanism that would make government interference unnecessary. The exponential growth of the internet obviously requires rethinking of the original design and expansion of the Top Level Domains along with dispersion of the administration and assignment of these domains is a necessary first step. I have been involved in internet communications and design for approximately 3 years now. First as an avid user and now as a designer, administrator, and developer. My technical skills with HTML and tools such as Microsoft Visual InterDev are balanced by my creativity in graphic design and layout. In addition, my employment with small businesses and large (IBM, Reuters) have given me a broad perspective in dealing with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. I would be honored to have the opportunity to have a role in shaping the future of the internet by serving on the Policy Oversight Committee.


  23. Bernard Turcotte
    Affiliation: President, Canadian Internet Society, A Chapter of ISOC Director Special Projects and International Relations, CANARIE, The Organisation building the next generation Internet in Canada, Member of ISOC

    Statement: Founder of the first Provincial Internet in Quebec (RISQ); Founder of the first Canadian Internet Backbone (CA*net); Responsible for coordinating Inet96; Founder of the Canadian Internet Society (CISOC); Member of the reorganistaion committee for the .CA domain; Active participant in the discussions for the restructing policiesregarding ISOC Chapters; Active participant in the ISOC CHAPTERS discussion list for PAYMENTS and Policies. Have always worked in an international setting. After following the DNS issues over the past few years I beleive I could bring a positive contribution to the POC representing the international views on this topic.


  24. Eric Gordon Swan

    Statement: I am happy to report that my computer and Internet experience is contained in the year 1997 which is to say that I have 9 months experience on the Internet. I should point out that I did own and destroy one 64 k coco back in 1983-1984. It was my feeling that the computers available at that time and to the present, were a waste of time. My message to the electorate is simple. Love your neighbor.


  25. Tolga Yurderi
    Affiliation: President, SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc.

    Statement: Mr. Yurderi has been a pioneer in the telecommunications industry in Europe. Managing the Euronet, Globalnet for Turkey. He is the founder of the first Internet company of Turkey. He served as a nominating committee member for ISOC BOT elections in 1996. He also founded the Istanbul chapter of Internet Society and became the president. Mr. Yurderi also served as the Regional Director for Microsoft Turkey. Mr. Yurderi worked as an Internet consultant for different companies in USA, UK, Germany, Holland, Turkey and Canada including AT&T; Europe. He recently gave a speech at INET 97 about the development of Internet in Turkey. Mr. Yurderi is now working as the president for SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc. in Canada. SoftCom is the provider of many Internet solution packages, as well as providing solutions for GPS (Global Positioning System) and vehicle tracking through satellite systems.


  26. Paul Osborn
    Affiliation: Mediateurs

    Statement: 49 years, UK national, Netherlands resident 21 years. Fluent Dutch, French, English; reasonable Spanish. Has worked 30 years in international development sector, always specialising in information and communications. Co-author of the Velletri Declaration, the 1984 statement of civil society organisations from Africa, Asia/ Pacific, Latin America, North America and Europe on the use of telematics for social and economic progress, and originator of several programmes for telematics in development and small business development. Co-author of Telematics and Sustainable Development, paper presented at 1994 ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference. Designer of Observatory on Telematics and Rural Development, now operated by Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development, under joint management of European Union, and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific. Consultant to UNESCO, ILO, European Union, FAO, and European and Third World governments on strategic planning for the information society as a path to equitable sustainable development. Director of Mediateurs, providing media services for environment and development organisations, and mediation between organisations and (inter-)governmental bodies.


  27. Jacques Guichard
    Affiliation: CNET

    Statement: I belong to CNET which is the R&D; center of France Telecom. I was very much involved in the past in the picture coding field (videoconferencing with the H.320 family standards, then PMEG-1 and MPEG-2 for storage and TV applications). Then I moved as Director of the multimedia domain in charge of coordinating it, and was involved in the evolution of the Minitel and the preparation of the France Telecom on-line service (called Wanadoo); (I was the France-Telecom representative for the launch of the european part of the W3C consortium in November 1995 in Paris). I am now Director of the Human Interaction Interfaces domain, including hyperlanguages, ergonomic studies, advanced dialogues, voice recognition, source coding and acceptance testing. I have been a member of large number of international bodies (ITU, ISO, ETSI, Esprit, Race, DAVIC, FIPA...). Because of my previous positions at CNET and France-Telecom Minitel/on-line exprerience, I think I have a braod view on many Internet aspects.