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STATEMENTS OF INTEREST (1 April 2006)
After an extensive career in an executive position in AT&T, I have founded and manage a consulting business that is primarily focused on Internet Governance and convergence issues involving Internet infrastructure and applications. The primary services provided are advice, advocacy/representation, and management and coordination of policy development, involving diverse groups and competing interests.
My business is focused at the nexus of global policy and technological convergence. The topics I address include, but are not limited to: Internet Governance, VoIP, IP-TV, Data Retention, Internet intermediary
Other activities include acting as chair of the Global Public Policy Committee at ITAA; I frequently represent the association’s official policy positions. I also convene and coordinate various industry events and meetings on a variety of topics, primarily focused on working with industry to advocate policy positions to various governments and multi lateral organizations, including the OECD, ITU, CITEL, and APEC. I speak frequently as an expert at business and professional conferences that activities, I am sometimes remunerated for participation. Such
The clients of my business are concerned about the security and stability of the Internet, and are strong advocates of ICANN’s role in managing and coordinating the technical aspects of the Internet.
I do not believe that I have conflicts of interest with ICANN. From time to time, I may have clients who have a direct policy interest in a particular policy area that is, or could be active at ICANN. At present, two clients that I advise have an interest in reserved names in gTLDs. I have disclosed that to the gNSO Council, and to the Business Constituency and in public statements in the ICANN’s public forum and to the ICANN senior staff.
As the clients of my business and their interests change, I will continue to update my statement of interest.
I am Public Affairs Manager for AIM - European Brands Association, a Brussels-based trade association involved in public affairs activities. AIM represents the branded goods industries in Europe on key issues which affect the ability of brand manufacturers to design, distribute and market their brands. AIM's membership groups 1800 companies of all sizes through corporate members and national associations in 21 countries. These companies are mostly active in every day consumer goods. AIM's mission is to create for brands an environment of fair and vigorous competition, fostering innovation and guaranteeing maximum value to consumers.
I hold various non-remunerated directorships unrelated to ICANN. I am a contact point for several domain names.
I am a representative from the business constituency on the task force. My small consulting firm, The Darwin Group, Inc. is a member of the BC.
I am mostly retired but do some part time consulting on Internet and telecommunications policy for clients in higher education in the United States. To my knowledge, none of my clients has any matter pending with ICANN, and if they did, I would not be involved.
Previously, I was ICANN President and CEO from 1998-2001. I also served on the Nominating Committee in 2003-04.
Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC)
I am full time employed as Deputy Director for Global Legal Policy by the IFPI Secretariat.
I am also elected representative of the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) to the GNSO Council.
The IFPI Secretariat is the head office of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) representing the recording industry worldwide. IFPI is a non-commercial private sector non-governmental organisation, funded through membership contributions. IFPI is a member of the IPC. IFPI’s members are 1415 record companies, including EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music, and Universal Music and many independent record companies.
The IFPI Secretariat provides services to its member and to 48 affiliated national recording industry bodies; and is responsible for co-ordinating international strategies in the key areas of the organisation's work: enforcement of copyright and trademarks, advice on technology and legal developments, relations with governments and national industry bodies, representation in international organisations, litigation, market research, and public relations.
I am an elected representative of the Intellectual Property Constituency to the GNSO.
I am an attorney and currently hold the position of Global Director of Intellectual Property Rights, Brand Protection Portfolio, for Nokia Inc.
Nokia Corporation is an investor and Board Member of Mobile Top Level Domain "mTLD", the registry for .mobi.
My responsibilities include managing the trademark, domain name, product design and brand enforcement groups of Nokia Corporation.
I am a member of the 2006 Nominating Committee of ICANN.
I am also on the Board of Directors for the International Trademark Assn. and a member of other IPR related professional organizations including ECTA, AIPLA, and IPO.
I am a partner with the law firm of BELLO, GALLARDO, MORALES Y TSURU, S.C., in Mexico City. I specialize in Intellectual Property matters. I serve as a member of the Advisory Committee of NIC Mexico, which is in turn a member of the ccNSO of ICANN. From time to time, I have served as outside counsel to NIC Mexico. I am the country manager for Mexico of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and a WIPO Panelist regarding disputes between domain names and trademarks.
Internet Service Providers (ISPC)
I am employed full time by Verizon Federal Network Systems. Verizon has no contractual relationships with any registries or registrars.
Non-Commercial Users’ Constituency (NCUC)
I am currently a full-time Ph.D. student and Graduate Assistant, and I represent the Non-Commercial Users Constituency on the GNSO Council. In addition, I am involved in social activism through my participation in ACSIS (African Civil Society for Information Society), as ICT policy advocator, and advisor to the ACSIS’ President.
Over the last five years, I have been involved as a consultant with UNESCO, the International Development Research Centre, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (Dakar), the Eduardo Mondlane University (Maputo), and EvalNet (Johannesburg). I have never been involved in any business related to the distribution and operation of Internet resources.
Milton Mueller is Professor at Syracuse University School of Information Studies. He directs the School's Graduate Program in Telecommunications and Network Management. Mueller received the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School, in 1989. He co-directs the Convergence Center, which focuses on the technical, management and policy problems of converging media, and was one of the founders of the Internet Governance Project, a consortium of university scholars working on international Internet policy issues.
Mueller was one of the founders and, at various times, Chair, Council representative, Task Force member, gopher and slave for the Noncommercial Users Constituency (formerly the Noncommercial Domain Name Holders Constituency). In accord with commitments to support noncommercial participation in ICANN made in PIR's proposal to be reassigned the .org domain, NCUC has received annual grants of about $10,000 from PIR for the past two years. Approximately 95% of this money is used to reimburse NCUC GNSO Council members for travel expenses to ICANN meetings. Mueller has received a grand total of about $1000 in such reimbursements, not quite enough to spin the needle on his ethical compass.
Both IGP and CC have received research or capacity-building grants from the Ford Foundation. The Convergence Center and IGP have no current projects, grants or consultancies with any parties with a material interest in ICANN policy decisions. In the past CC has received research grants, project funding or gifts from commercial corporations such as Eastman Kodak, AT&T, Nokia and Telcordia. It recently completed a project for South Korea's Electronic Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) on issues unrelated to ICANN (digital mobile broadcasting).
Mueller was retained as an expert witness last year by a law firm litigating against VeriSign on behalf of the shareholders of a firm that merged with VeriSign. His expert report involved analysis and interpretation of ccTLD-related events that took place between 2000 - 2003. His pay was not affected by the outcome of the lawsuit or by any ICANN decision. The case was settled in early 2006.
Mueller serves as one of two unpaid "NGO" representatives on the Policy Advisory Board (PAB) of the .mobi TLD.
Registrars’ Constituency (RC)
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I am the Director of Business & Corporate Development at Register.com an ICANN accredited registrar. I am not in possession of any registry proprietary or sensitive information, nor have I ever been. I am not an officer, director, consultant, or employee of any other member of this constituency or any other ICANN constituency.
Since August 2004, I have been Vice President and Chief Policy Counsel of Network Solutions, LLC. I also represent NameSecure and SRSPlus, which are affiliated registrars. Prior to being employed by Network Solutions, I was employed by MCI, Inc. (1996-2004).
I am a U.S. attorney licensed by the Bars of the District of Columbia and the State of New York. I am not an officer, director, consultant, or employee of any other ICANN-related entity.
Registries’ Constituency (RyC)
I am Director of Internet Strategy and Technology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), an agency of the Swedish government. This is a full-time salaried position.
I serve in a similar capacity for the International Council of Museums (ICOM) of which I am an individual member and NRM is an institutional member. I receive a small additional honorarium for that activity.
I hold a non-remunerated position as the President and CEO of the Museum Domain Management Association (MuseDoma), the Sponsoring Organization for the .museum TLD.
NRM is the largest museum in Sweden and charged with advising private and corporate entities in that country in matters relating to its sphere of expertise. I am regularly involved in such action.
Current activity includes a joint initiative with NIC-SE, the operator of the .se ccTLD, which is collaborating with NRM in a project in the context of the Swedish national "Year of Cultural Diversity 2006". I also advise NIC-SE in general matters relating to IDN.
I may from time to time receive separate honoraria for advisory services provided as a result of my position at NRM, and may be similarly compensated for writing and speaking engagements.
ICOM is an NGO maintaining formal relations with UNESCO and having consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. I am directly involved in activity conducted by ICOM in its relationship with UNESCO.
I represent MuseDoma in the gTLD Registry Constituency and am the elected representative for the sTLDs on the GNSO Council.
I conduct no other activity with, and have no other interests of any kind that involve, entities maintaining business or contractual relationships with ICANN.
I am an elected representative of the Registry Constituency to the GNSO Council and a member of the Nominating Committee.
In my personal capacity, I have less than 5% of my net worth invested in companies that are involved in ICANN-contracted registry services
Other than the entities listed above, I have no other current or "executory" business or contractual relationships with any entity or individuals who currently have business before the GNSO or ICANN.
I am Senior Vice President - Law and Policy of Public Interest Registry, a nonprofit corporation responsible for management of the registry of the .ORG top level domain. From 1999 until 2002, I was Vice President - Public Policy of the Internet Society. In 2002, I became founding Chairman of the Board of Public Interest Registry, and served in that capacity until August, 2004.
I am a member of the Bar of New York, Illinois and Wisconsin and a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office. I am a director of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, Inc. I am a retired partner of the law firm, Sonnenschein Nath
& Rosenthal in the US, and have no connection at this time with any of its present or former clients. I am a member of the WIPO Arbitration & Mediation Center Panel of Neutrals.
I am a member of the Visiting Committee to the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, a member of the American Law Institute and various other professional organizations, but have no policy making responsibilities in any of those organizations.
Nominating Committee (NomCom)
I represent a California based, privately held company, CBS Enterprise Group, which is engaged in international business. As part of its portfolio of services, the company provides systems integration services through CBS International, which delivers domain registration, web hosting and email services to end users via a reseller, agreement with registrars. Less than 10% of CBS's business is derived from these services.
In my personal capacity, I do not have any of my monies, invested in companies that are in the registrar businesses. I do not believe that any activities of the Council or ICANN could have a material effect on the work I do at CBS International.
I am a Canadian and I am currently employed in Canada by the Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, Government of Manitoba, as the Director of Public Library Services.
I am also a senior partner in the consulting firm ASM Advanced Strategic Management Consultants, based in Ontario, Canada.
I hold several non-remunerated directorships for various not-for-profit organizations. None of these organizations are related to ICANN.
In the past, I have been a Director and the Chair of the Board of Directors of the .ca ccTLD registry CIRA. As a current holder of several .ca domain names, I am a member of CIRA.
Consulting work done for ICANN - none
Consulting work for cctld registry - 2004 I provided consulting services to CIRA.
In 2004, I served as Chair of the Business and Financial Evaluation Team, the members of which were appointed by ICANN for the purpose of reviewing 10 applications for new Sponsored gTLDs. ICANN provided each of the Team members, including myself, with an honourarium.
I have no financial interest, share ownership or any other business relationship with ICANN, registries or registrars except as a holder of domain names.
I am an independent research consultant and have no employment, contract, financial interest, share ownership or any other business relationship with ICANN, registries or registrars except as a holder, and fee payer, of several domain names in .com, .net and .org.
As part of my volunteer activities I have spoken to and given advise to various representatives of indigenous nomadic and semi-nomadic populations on the topic of obtaining an TLD.
Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)
At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)
I am an attorney, living and working in Los Angeles, licensed to practice law in California (United States). I serve on the GNSO as a liaison from the At Large Advisory Committee, which is charged with representing the interests of end users in all of ICANN's activities. I am partner in the law firm of Cathcart, Collins & Kneafsey, LLP, which currently represents the interests of the Coalition For Internet Transparency ("CFIT" / http://www.cfit.info) in litigation against ICANN and Verisign.