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[icann-nominations] ** Nomination of Michael Palage **

1a. Full name of the nominee:      Michael Palage
1b. E-mail address of the nominee: michael@palage.com
2a. Full name of the nominator:    Kathryn Kleiman
2b. E-mail address of the nominator:    kathrynkl@aol.com      

I am pleased to submit Michael Palage, Esq., to the GNSO
for election to the ICANN Board.  For the reasons below, I
think Michael is the right person to help bring GNSO
concerns to the ICANN Board on the important issues that
lie ahead.

1. Accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity, and
intelligence, with reputations for sound judgment and open
minds, and a demonstrated capacity for thoughtful group

In ICANN, it is as important to listen as to talk.  Michael
has demonstrated a capacity not just to listen, but to make
sure that a variety of voices are heard in important ICANN

ICANN’s record of leadership starts in the Registrar
Constituency, which he helped organize and lead (as
secretary and now as chair) for the past four years.  The
Registrar Constituency operates in one of the most open and
transparent manners of any ICANN constituency:  its
communications take place in a publicly archived list, its
meetings are open for all to attend, and every registrar
constituency member, no matter how large or small, gets a
vote. In this competitive constituency where members are
seeking to acquire the customers of each other, Michael
works hard to minimize differences and keep the group
focused on issues that will benefit the entire community
instead of any specific registrar.

Also, as lead chair of DNSO’s Working Group B (proposals
for famous mark protection in domain names), Michael helped
a diverse array of participants discuss and balance
complicated issues.  With many opposing interests in the
working group, Michael brought integrity, intelligence and
objective to the discussion, presentations and working
group report.  As co-chair for the group, I often found
disagreed with Michael, but always felt that my concerns
were listened to and that he was working hard to bridge the
gap of noncommercial and commercial domain name holders.  

2. Persons with an understanding of ICANN's mission and the
potential impact of ICANN decisions on the global Internet
community, and committed to the success of ICANN;

Through the variety of leadership roles he has taken, we
know well that Michael understands ICANN’s mission and the
impact of ICANN’s decisions globally and is firmly
committed to the success of its work.  Michael has served
- Founding Secretariat and Chair of the ICANN Registrar
- Chair of ICANN Working Group B;
- WIPO UDRP Panelist;
- Founding policy council member on the .US Policy Council;
- Member of the Intellectual Property Constituency;
- Consultant to various ICANN accredited registrars and
- Expert witness in various Internet related litigation;

3. Persons who will produce the broadest cultural and
geographic diversity on the Board consistent with meeting
the other criteria set forth in this Section;

Although Michael is a United States citizen from North
American, he shows a true appreciation of the legal and
technical issues impacting the global community.  Upcoming
hurdles, such as privacy, accuracy and access to WHOIS
data, will be better debated with Michael’s knowledge and
appreciation of the European data privacy laws, his work
with worldwide ICANN registration authorities and his
knowledge of international intellectual property issues.  

4. Persons who, in the aggregate, have personal familiarity
with the operation of gTLD registries and registrars; with
ccTLD registries; with IP address registries; with Internet
technical standards and protocols; with policy-development
procedures, legal traditions, and the public interest; and
with the broad range of business, individual, academic, and
non-commercial users of the Internet;

Michael is a candidate who actually has touched many of
these areas.  He brings a deep understanding of the
registry and registrar operations and technology at the
gTLD and ccTLD levels, understands and participates in the
ICANN policy development process, and works to bring the
wide variety of user voices into appropriate debates. 

5. Persons who are willing to serve as volunteers, without
compensation other than the reimbursement of certain
expenses; and

Michael’s service for four years as a spokesman and
organizer of the Registrar Constituency shows his
commitment to work on a volunteer basis. 

6. Persons who are able to work and communicate in written
and spoken English.

As Michael would say, “Not a problem.”  

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