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Avri Doria Statement of Interest

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Statement of Interest

Avri Doria - Nominating Committee appointee to the GNSO Council

updated 6 August 2009

Statement of Interest related to ICANN and the work of the GNSO Council including its various committees, working groups and drafting teams updated 090806

I am an independent research consultant and a part time adjunct professor at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in Sweden. At LTU I supervise two Ph.D. students on Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking Technology (DTN) and am responsible for creating a curriculum in Internet Governance. As a professor I am partially funded by European Community's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2011 under grant agreement n° 223994.

I have a recurring part-time contract with UN-DESA and the Internet Governance Forum as a consultant on Internet Governance and WSIS follow-up activities. I am an associate of the Interisle Consulting Group, and currently have a Statement of Work with them and am engaged on state and municipal network designs and related governance issues.

I have no involvement in any contracts Interisle may have with ICANN and maintain a strict wall between my activities with Interisle and their ICANN related activities.

As part of my volunteer activities I give advice to various representatives of indigenous nomadic and semi-nomadic populations on Internet topics which include the possibility of obtaining a gTLD.

These activities may involve providing assistance in obtaining a TLD including assistance in raising the necessary funding for a TLD, when and if that is an appropriate solution to their goals. I am not, however, currently involved in any such efforts. I also occasionally give advice within the UN system on Internet topics including TLD issues but am not involved in any activities the UN may or may not have related to obtaining TLDs.

On 4 August 2009, I joined the NCUC in solidarity due to the mistreatment I believe the Non Commercial SG received in the restructuring process. I am especially concerned about the imposition by the Board of a charter that was not accepted by the NCSG, and by the disdainful treatment of community comment. I am also disturbed that the requirement for parity and equal conditions among the 4 Stakeholder Groups, something that was central to the restructuring plan, has been ignored when it comes to the NCSG. For the duration of my term, however, I will continue to function within the council as an NCA and as Chair in the same manner as I have up until now. That is, I will not be speaking for the NCUC on any issues within the purview of the GNSO Council, but will be speaking in my independent capacity.

In terms of the GNSO Council and its various working groups, committees and teams, I currently have no employment, contract, statement of work, financial interest, share ownership or any other business relationship with ICANN, registries or registrars except as a registrant of several domain names. I participate in ICANN as a pro- bono activity because I believe in ICANN's mission as a volunteer/ multistakeholder led organization.