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Re: [council] Formal resignation of Bruce Tonkin as of 7 June 2007

Bruce, friends in the GNSO Council,

allow me for once to break my self-imposed rule of not interfering with the GNSO Council's online deliberation.

These are the last hours of my term in the ICANN Board, voted into it by the GNSO Council on several occasions. It has been an honor.

During my period of service I've witnessed and also participated in some of ICANN's, and the GNSO's, most significant events. It has been a rich learning period for all involved, and not less for me.

I've seen as my commitment, on the basis of the GNSO Council's vote, which has always been plural, to contribute to maintain rationality, honesty, and integrity in the discussions related to generic domain names, and the environment in which those discussions and debates take place. I've sought to make ICANN strong, I've not refrained from calling people's bluffs, nor of making difficult choices be it that they make me popular or not. The drive for rationality and integrity has been the main force for me.

A significant part of my effort in the latest years has gone into the WSIS-related events and their sequels. I remain convinced that the Internet community is in danger, that what we understand as "the Internet", outside or within ICANN's narrow mission field, is uncomfortable to totalitarian minds, and to the many who willingly or unwittingly pave the road for them.

I hope to have served these purposes well and in that way to have contributed to a robust environment for the GNSO as a whole.

Let me express my thankfulness to those who have supported me along the years by providing candid feedback (agreeing or not), fair play, and in many cases friendship.

Particular thanks go to dear Glen de St Gery, and to Liz Williams, Denise Michel, and all ICANN staff that have been supportive of the growth and work of the GNSO.

I'll enjoy to keep meeting you all and engaging in the continuing developments you are pushing.

Last but not least, my fullest recognition for Bruce Tonkin, who has done great work and will surely continue to do so in his new function.


Alejandro Pisanty

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On Fri, 8 Jun 2007, Bruce Tonkin wrote:

Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 00:41:45 +1000
From: Bruce Tonkin <Bruce.Tonkin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Council GNSO <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: John Jeffrey <john.jeffrey@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [council] Formal resignation of Bruce Tonkin as of 7 June 2007

Hello All,

I formally resign as GNSO Council chair, and as the representative of
the registrars constituency on the GNSO Council.

Thank you all for your support during my term on Council.

Best wishes to Avri Doria as the new chair of the GNSO Council.

Bruce Tonkin

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