The people on the advisory board for the Internance Governance Forum (IGF) have just been named. There are 46 of them in the end – far too many really but the governments insisted on having four per region, so it is much bigger than anyone wanted.
I’m glad to see Emily Taylor of Nominet on there. And Veni Markovski, also an ICANN director. Oh, and Robin Gross from IP Justice, that’s good to see. Michael Gallagher is also on it, so it seems the US is clearly taking the threat that the IGF is used to pull power away from the US administration very seriously.
Unsurprisingly the big Net diplomats are there: Masood Khan and Janis Karklins – both of them good men. ICANN’s Teresa Swinehart is also on it. And Peter Zangl.
A pretty high-powered bunch. Which is a shame really as it means that the IGF could become a political fight rather than fulfilling it potential as a non-political problem-solver for the wider Internet.
The full list is below. A press release can be found on the UN’s site here.
Delhi – Joint Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Johannesburg – Programme Manager, SchoolNet Africa; Global Facilitator of the WSIS Youth Caucus
Port Louis – Chief Executive Officer, Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa – AfriNIC
Kuwait City – Deputy Chairman of Kuwait Information Technology Society (KITS)
Baku – Head of Department for International Relations and Cooperation with NGOs, Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies
Brasilia – Member of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee; Advisor to the Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel)
Geneva – Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Daftardar, Abdullah M.
Riyadh – Senior Executive, Communications and Information Technology Commission
Nice – Associate Chair for Europe, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C); Member, Board of Directors, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Singapore – International Director, Info-Communication Development Authority, Singapore
Diop Diagne, Ndeye Maimouna
Dakar – Directrice des NTIC, Ministère des Postes, Télécommunications et Nouvelles Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (NTIC)
Carlton – Victoria, Chair, Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council; Chief Executive Officer, .au Registry
Montevideo – Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC)
Cairo – Chairman and Managing Director, TE Data
Stockholm – Consulting Engineer, Cisco Systems; Member, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); Member, Swedish Government Information Technology Policy and Strategy Group
Gallagher, Michael D.
Washington D.C. – Chairman of the Communications Group, Perkins Coie LLC
Ottawa – Director, International Telecommunication Policy and Coordination, Industry Canada
Gross, Robin D.
San Francisco, California – Executive Director, IP Justice
Paris – Senior Policy Manager, e-Business, Information Technology, and Telecoms, Executive in charge of Information and Communication Technology Policy, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Munich – Vice President, Public and International Affairs, Siemens Ag
Berlin – Researcher, Social Science Research Center
Lima – Executive Director, Alfa-Redi
Dacca – Managing Director, J A N Associates Limited; former President, Bangladesh Computer Society
Geneva – Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Tokyo – Corporate Vice President; President, Law and Intellectual Property Unit and Security Export Control Headquarters, Fujitsu Limited
Nairobi – Principal Officer, Information Technology Communications Commission
Geneva – Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Budapest – Minister of Informatics and Communications
Lohento, Gemma Brice (Ken)
Dakar – Panos Institute West Africa, Coordinator, Center for International information and communication technology Policies for Central and West Africa (CIPACO)
Sofia – Chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee; Member, Board of Directors, ICANN
Canberra – General Manager, International Communications, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
Athens – Minister Plenipotentiary, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tokyo – Executive Research Fellow/Associate Professor, Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan
Mexico City – Director of Computing Academic Services, Universidad Autónoma de México; Director ISOC Mexico; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, ICANN
Accra – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Network Computer Systems; President, Internet Society of Ghana
Amman – Executive Director, Regional Office, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP)
Copenhagen – Director of Public Policy, Internet Society (ISOC)
Buenos Aires – Chief of Cabinet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vienna – Head of Division, Federal Ministry of Transportation
Moscow – Head of Department, Information and Communication Ministry
Marina del Rey, California – Vice President, Global and Strategic Partnerships, ICANN
Oxford – Nominet (.uk), Director of Legal and Policy
Helsinki – President, European Broadcasting Union (EBU); President, International Institute of Communication
Geneva – First Secretary, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Brussels – Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Information Society and Media, European Commission