[ga-nominations] acceptance of nomination
1a. Jonathan Weinberg
1c. I'm a law professor at Wayne State University in Detroit,
Michigan. I've also been a visiting scholar at Cardozo Law School's
Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society; a legal scholar in residence at
the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's Office of Plans and Policy; a
professor in residence at the U.S. Justice Department; a visiting scholar
at the University of Tokyo's Institute of Journalism and Communication
Studies; a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; and a
law clerk to then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
I spent a year on loan to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in
1997-98, and for about six months prior to the issuance of the Green Paper
I was closely involved in the U.S. government's process of trying to figure
out what to do about DNS issues. Since then, I've spent a whole lot of
time on domain name issues. I was the elected co-chair of Working Group C,
which was chartered to generate recommendations on the addition of new
gTLDs. The Noncommercial Constituency's evaluation of my job as co-chair
can be found at <http://www.glocom.ac.jp/users/ajp/ncc-wgc.html>. My web
page is at <http://www.law.wayne.edu/weinberg>; it includes links to an
article I've written about ICANN and comments I've filed with ICANN. I'm
an editor of ICANNWatch <www.icannwatch.org>.
1d. When I initially was nominated for this job, a couple of weeks ago, I
declined; I've changed my mind after a bunch of conversations with people
off-list who asked me to do so.
The most important job of the GA chair right now, it seems to me, is to
facilitate the GA's functioning as a body that can generate credible policy
recommendations that are entitled to weight in the ICANN policy-development
process. Our current consideration of the proposed Verisign agreement
provides a good example. It's one thing to bicker on a mailing list about
the merits of the agreement, and quite another for our discussion process
to generate a reasoned policy statement that can be brought forward as
representing the rough consensus of this body. I'm pleased that (as I
write this statement, on Thursday, March 22) we seem to be on track to
produce such a document.
Full disclosure: My ability to attend physical ICANN meetings is going to
be contingent on my ability to get funding and on my family obligations. I
can't commit to being there for all of them.