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[council] Updated Statement of Interest for Mike Rodenbaugh

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  • Subject: [council] Updated Statement of Interest for Mike Rodenbaugh
  • From: "Mike Rodenbaugh" <mxrodenbaugh@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 17:39:50 -0700
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I am owner of Rodenbaugh LLC, a member of the Business and Commercial Users
Constituency.  I am an attorney licensed in California.  I advise and
represent entities and individuals with various commercial interests in
domain names and other forms of intellectual property, and with varying
interests in internet commerce.


I am personally concerned about the security and stability of the Internet,
as it is increasingly the backbone of our society, critical to global
commerce, communications and safety.  So I am interested in ICANN's role in
managing and coordinating the technical and policy aspects of the Internet.
I am mindful of the many enormous benefits of the internet that are fostered
by ICANN policy, and seek for ICANN policy to develop in ways that will
enhance the growth of internet commerce and communications.  I am also
concerned about various, serious harms enabled by policies of ICANN and its
contracting registries and accredited registrars, or by lack of effective


Businesses and their customers are experiencing increasingly severe harm
from phishing, malware distribution, hacking and other forms of online crime
and intellectual property infringement.  For many years I served as in-house
counsel at Yahoo! Inc., working increasingly to protect Yahoo! users and
their commercial and personal interests, as well as Yahoo!'s commercial
interests, against these increasing worldwide threats.  I believe that these
harms will continue to rapidly grow, unless DNS policies are adapted to help
fight them.  So I strive for DNS policy that helps to mitigate those threats
as much as reasonably possible.    


On occasion, I may have clients with similar concerns, or who have other
policy interests at ICANN.  As a representative elected to the GNSO Council
by the collective members of the Business Constituency, I am required by the
Constituency's Charter to support and otherwise remain faithful to approved
positions of the Constituency as applicable, rather than my own views or
those of any client I may have at any given time.  To the extent that any
client seeks my representation or advocacy in any ICANN forum, I would
further disclose the identity of such client and their interest in the
matter at the time of that representation.


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