Information About the Candidates:
Five candidates have been identified through the ICANN nomination process for the Asian/Pacific/Australian seat on ICANN's Board of Directors. If the person's name is a hyperlink, they have provided additional detail to their response.
ICANN's Mission | New GTLD's | ICANN's Structure | Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy
According to its charter, ICANN was established in 1998 with a mission of "performing and overseeing functions related to the coordination of the Internet domain name system" and the Internet address space, and certain other technical coordination functions. There has been substantial debate about the ways in which ICANN has interpreted that mission or the way its mission might evolve in years to come. In particular, many argue about how much ICANN's mission must or should include "policy development" activities, or be more narrowly constrained to technical decisions.
One of ICANN's most visible actions will be the planned addition of new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD's)--like ".com" and ".org"--to the name space. No new gTLD's have been added yet, but ICANN is expected to select a small number of new gTLD's this fall. Debate surrounding this issue has been intense, particularly regarding the number and character of the gTLD's that ICANN should introduce.
The ICANN Board of Directors is currently composed of nineteen members: nine selected by the At-Large Membership, nine selected by ICANN's three Supporting Organizations, and a President. At the Board's recent meeting in Japan, there was serious discussion about changing the Board's composition, possibly by reducing the number of At-Large Directors or re-evaluating the concept of an At-Large Membership itself.
Last year, ICANN and the accredited registrars for the ".com," ".net," and ".org" spaces approved the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Since then, the UDRP has governed the resolution of over 1000 disputes. The policy has sparked significant debate about the appropriate balance between the interests of trademark protection, domain name holder rights, and free expression.
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