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[icann-nominations] Acceptance of nomination

This is in fulfilment of the requirements in
order to accept a nomination
(made by Randy Bush) as a candidate for the ICANN Board of Directors from
the DNSO.

1. Full name: Alejandro Pisanty (legal name in passport, Alejandro Pisanty
Baruch; according to Mexican custom and law, my name is made up of first
name, Alejandro; father's family name, Pisanty; and mother's family name,

2. Email address: apisan@servidor.unam.mx

3. Organization you work for.

UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional
Autonoma de Mexico). I have authorization to participate in DNSO and ICANN
related activities.

Also Chairman of the Board of ISOC Mexico, authorized (by vote) to 
participate. Member of ISTF (Internet Societal Task Force). Chairman of
the Board, CUDI (Internet 2 project in Mexico).

My views are not neccessarily those of either organization.

4. Snail-mail address

Dr. Alejandro Pisanty
Direccion General de Servicios de Computo Academico, UNAM
Av. Universidad 3000
04510 Mexico DF

5. Region of citizenship.

I am a citizen and resident of Mexico. For the purposes of ICANN and the
DNSO Mexico is classified as belonging to Latin America & Caribbean (LAC).

6. Region of residence.

Same: Latin America and Caribbean.

7. Statement of acceptance.

I hereby accept the nomination as a candidate to be elected by the Names
Council into the ICANN Board of Directors with its attaining obligations.

8. Names Council membership.

I am the alternate Names Council member for Raul Echeberria/LAC Region.
Should this position become incompatible with membership in the ICANN
Board of Directors, should I be elected, I will resign the NC position.

9. A Curriculum Vitae.

Alejandro Pisanty (b. Mexico City, 1953), educated in Mexico (BA, MSc
and PhD in Chemistry) and Germany (Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck
Institute for Solid State Sciences, 1984-1986). Involved in
computing since first year in college (1972), supercomputing since 1984,
networks since 1979. His research and teaching in theoretical chemistry
have been heavily based on computers and networks. His education and work
have taken place in UNAM, the National University of Mexico.

He was Executive Secretary of UNAM's Computing Advisory Council 1991-1997,
Coordinator for Distance Education 1995-1997, and is Director of Computing
Academic Services (DGSCA) since 1997. UNAM is one of the prime actors in
Internet in Mexico and in LAC. He is also Chairman of the Board for CUDI,
the organization responsible for the Internet 2 project in Mexico.
Organized 3d consultacion on domain-name and intellectual-property issues
in Mexico, 1999, and several other Internet-related fora.

At present the unit he heads is responsible for providing network service 
for approximately 110,000
users of the Internet, as well as 150 organizations which include the
National Center for Disaster Prevention and other mission-critical
organizations. Their central servers support 17M hits/month and DGSCA also
provides 13,500 dial-up and 22,000 email accounts. Further DGSCA is the
hub of the National Network for Videoconference in Education, with 136
classrooms connected through H.320 nationwide. Also, DGSCA teaches
certificate and extension courses in computing and networks; in 1998 it
had 18,400 students.

He is familiar with both technical and policy issues of the Internet, with
strong contacts to the private and government sectors. In policy
formulation his experience dates to 1987 and becomes more formal in 1991;
during his tenure in the Computing Advisory Council, UNAM grew from 2,500
to 25,000 computers, with a comparable growth in Internet access and
services. He has managed budgets of up to 10 MUSD/yr. He has been active
in projects to extend the benefits of the Internet nationwide and in
Central America.

Languages. Spanish (mother tongue), English (100%), German (80%), French
(read/speak, 60%).

10. Statement regarding ICANN. Ideas, intentions, "reasons why you
consider you should be elected".

ICANN has an almost unprecedented responsibility in setting policy
internationally while assuring the technical stability of the Internet. To
do this successfully it must have an outlook which cuts through many
cultures as well as solid technical expertise. Moreover, it has to remain
extremely open and accountable to lawyers, engineers, accountants and many
others the world over.

ICANN has to balance the needs, principles and interests of some of the
most powerful corporations on the planet as well as the "small guy", in
itself quite a different entity in affluent, well-provided societies and
in impoverished, isolated ones. It must keep its action focussed and  its
framework broad.

I intend to bring to ICANN a contribution from less-developed countries
and from the non-commercial domain name holders' point of view, with
principles weighing more than interests. Not only domain names but
protocols and address space are a matter of concern. The Internet must
grow as a medium for business but not at the cost of losing its academic,
community and freedom-oriented origins. My main concern are the proper
balances between business viability and societal service; between
procedural transparency, democracy and expediency; and between pushing the
technological edge (with its neccessary commercial viability) and closing
gaps in human society. ICANN's responsibility should be well defined and
pursued consequently. It has to define its policy clearly and be managed
within well-justified budgets and operational and business plans.

I am particularly concerned with ICANN's different bodies, the SO's and
the GAC, contributing creatively for the general good of the Internet. The
interplay with the GAC, and the relationship with WIPO, remain a
particular focus of attention for me. On the issue of the UDRP, I will try
to bring in an ample consideration of all stakeholders. 

Why would someone prefer to vote for me? I am service-oriented, work
pretty hard, am honest to myself and  other folks, and exert a strong
discipline of listening and learning. I believe in a few very basic
principles of honesty and democracy, for which I stand, and relate to
other persons and groups in tolerance. On the technical side I try to keep
a broad learning and stay in touch with experts better than me. I'll try
to combine technology, management and politics, not being too naive about
the large economic interests looming behind decisions, to make things work
the best possible way.

Alejandro Pisanty 

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     Dr. Alejandro Pisanty, 
     Director General de Servicios de Computo Academico
     (Director, Computing Academic Services)
     Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
     Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico City DF MEXICO

Tel. (+52-5) 622-8541, 622-8542; Fax 622-8540
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