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[council] FW: updated Statement of Interest for Mike Rodenbaugh

  • To: "'Glen de Saint Géry'" <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>, "'Council GNSO'" <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [council] FW: updated Statement of Interest for Mike Rodenbaugh
  • From: "Mike Rodenbaugh" <icann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 20:00:30 -0700
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  • Organization: Rodenbaugh Law
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Below please find my updated Statement of Interest.  I have revised and
replaced the last two paragraphs.

I have noted an issue with the ICANN site, that maintains an old version of
my Statement of Interest at
http://gnso.icann.org/council/soi/rodenbaugh-soi-30jan08.shtml, in addition
to the updated version of Jan. 30, 2008,
http://gnso.icann.org/council/soi/rodenbaugh-soi-30jan08.shtml.  I support
that prior SOI?s remain posted on the site, but it should be made clear that
they have been updated and provide a link to the updated version at the top.
Presently, both Yahoo! and Google return the oldest version highest in its
search results, and that can cause confusion among interested members of the
community.  (It confused me!)  So I suggest that ICANN Staff should please
confirm that the older versions of all SOIs will contain the suggested
notice and link to the most recent version.


Mike Rodenbaugh

GNSO Councilor

Statement of Interest

Mike Rodenbaugh - Commercial and Business Users Constituency

I am owner of Rodenbaugh Law, a member of the Business and Commercial Users
Constituency. I am an attorney licensed in California. I conduct much of my
business via the internet. 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. Generally my clients are
online businesses that do not have a contract with ICANN, though I may
represent contracting parties from time to time in matters unrelated to
ICANN policy, for example in a commercial transaction or dispute resolution.
To the extent that any client seeks my representation or advocacy in any
ICANN forum, I would further disclose the existence of such client and their
interest in the matter at the time of that representation.

I currently advise a for-profit entity in a business venture that will apply
for a new gTLD when ICANN opens the domain space in 2009, and I am
personally engaged in a second for-profit business venture that intends to
apply for another new gTLD through that ICANN process.  I may consult on
other, similar projects in the future.  In addition, I advise Yahoo! and
several other clients with respect to cybersquatting and cybersecurity
problems that they suffer, which problems are enabled (often unknowingly) by
ICANN contracting parties and by ICANN policies or lack thereof.  Therefore
I also advise those clients about ICANN, and advocate at ICANN some of their
views that ICANN policies should change and/or be adopted to mitigate these


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