[icann-nominations] Paul M. Kane's Acceptance Statement......
1. Full name of the nominee:
Paul M Kane
2. E-mail address of the nominee:
3. Organization you work for (if apply):
Internet Computer Bureau plc
4. Snail-mail address (street, city, country):
P.O. Box 4040
5. The region that includes the country of which you are a citizen:
6. The region that includes the country in which you reside:
7. A clear statement of acceptance of the nomination:
It is an honour to be considered and it is with pleasure
I accept the nomination for the ICANN Board election.
8. If you are a Member of the Names Council, state your intention to
resign from the Names Council if you are elected to the ICANN Board:
I am a member of the Names Council and will resign from
the Names Council if elected to the ICANN Board.
9. A Curriculum Vitae (no more than 500 words long):
Involved in computer and networking Industry since 1984
Chairman and Managing Director of Internet Computer Bureau plc, a small
software house with offices in the UK, Japan and USA and data centres in
UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, USA, Japan, and Australia. (Member of
the Internet Service Providers Association, since 1996.)
Managing Director of REACTO.com, a software solutions company to
ICANN Accredited Registrars, providing complete registrar platforms for
interfacing .COM, .NET .ORG, ccTLDs and the emerging new TLDs.
Managing Director of Uwhois.com Inc, USA, - a one stop WHOIS look-up
service to the internet community currently spanning 113 TLDs, designed
to optimise network infrastructure for Registries and Registrars and increase
accessibility of WHOIS information which promotes consumer confidence in
the DNS and electronic commerce.
Non-executive pro-bono Director to INternet ONE - a not for profit
company designed to facilitate direct correlation of a Trademark to a Domain
Name, empowering coexistence without conflict.
Non-executive Director of the Research Institute for Computer Science,
Investment interest in Group One Registry Inc, US.
On the Board of Kane Estates, a company with a portfolio of residential
and commercial property (real-estate).
Member of the Institute of Directors, since 1988. In 2000, elected
to be a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Appointed as interim Names Council Representative to the Registries
Constituency in November, 1999; elected to the DNSO - Names Council as
a representative of the Registrars Constituency in March 2000
Other Internet related Activities:
Chair, Intake Committee
Chair, WHOIS Committee
Member, International Domain Names Task Force.
Married with two young children-- we reside in Bournemouth, UK
Since 1992, frequent presenter and speaker on Internet issues at Internet
Summits, WIPO, UNCTAD, WTO and the Group of 8 Industrialised Nations Meetings.
Representative member on the Council of European National Top Level Registries.
Member of the CENTR Legal and Regulatory Committee
10. A statement indicating your ideas, intentions and/or the reason
why you consider you should be elected to serve in the ICANN Board:
I will do my best to ensure the voice of the DNSO is heard at Board
level and to persuade my fellow Board members to "listen" to what the community
is saying to them and to seek to ensure that processes exist to enable
bottom-up, effective and thoughtful policy input. I will undertake
not to work in an "ivory tower"!
I believe I have the necessary experience, am proficient at working
with others to achieve balanced and effective objectives ... now, with
your support, I seek your vote, and a mandate to be your representative
on the Board.
ICANN is a rarity in private sector leadership and management of certain
critical aspects of the Internet. Some want it to have a wider and
broader venue of responsibility, and others are firm in their commitment
to maintain the narrow mission with which it was launched. I believe ICANN
should focus on its narrow remit of technical management of domain names,
numbers, and protocols.
As a new organization, I think that ICANN can be proud of its progress
to date but as it matures there remains much to do.
Is it time for further growth and some change?
Undoubtedly. But that is coming, and the role of a board member is
to provide the support to the staff to enable growth and change in the
organization, based on the bottoms up policy consensus process which is
All those, and other challenges exist, many not yet identified. If elected,
I believe that I can contribute and support ICANN's success in these areas.
Like other ICANN Board Members, I will seek the advise of ICANN General
Counsel on any potential conflicts, and to recluse myself from any votes
on areas where it is appropriate.
I am interested in improving ICANN as a consensus based policy organization,
and helping to support improved processes, ranging from communications,
to ensuring a sound financial footing and increasing participation by all
regions of the world.
Could it be more international? Yes. Having worked in Asia, India,
Sri Lanka, Africa and Europe, I appreciate language is frequently the foundation
of a nation's culture. To that end, I will, as a board member, support
further efforts to ensure that ICANN Staff and ICANN's processes
recognise cultural, social, and language diversity. This recognition is
already underway, and needs to be enhanced and supported by the Board and
Could it move more quickly on certain areas? Yes, but I
fall in the camp that thinks that deliberation and thoughtful examination
of issues is a priority. Consultation with the Supporting Organizations
and other input structures will be essential to the Board's ability to
make sound and timely decisions.
Does it still have work to do in critical areas? Yes, like multi-lingual
names, finalizing agreements with the root server operators and ccTLDs,
WHOIS, process evaluation for new TLDs and working out improved organizational
structures for greater internet community participation.
I believe that I am a unique candidate in that I have first hand experience
in managing diverse yet complimentary businesses, administering the policy
aspects and technical operations of TLD registries, working with a significant
number of Registrars and ISPs around the world, working with businesses,
ISPs/Communications Providers, and with the IP community, and experience
of working as Operations Director for a not-for profit company.
As a board member, I will look to the NC to provide an open door
for communication and the Board to provide the DNSO sufficient time for
meaningful consultation. I am also interested in ensuring that the important
voice of the technical community through the other SO's and any other mechanisms
available, is heard throughout the process. As a board
member, I think it important that a broad set of communication channels
exist from all input mechanisms to the Board and Staff.