Pre-2016 Press Releases 9 June 2014

Internet Society Call for Nominations for the NTIA/IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group

Internet Society Call for Nominations for the NTIA/IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group

The Internet Society calls for nominations for its representatives to the NTIA/IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group.

Nominations are now closed. Thank you for your interest.


On 14 March 2014 the United States government National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global multistakeholder community. The NTIA asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), as the IANA functions contractor and global coordinator for the Domain Name System (DNS), to convene a multistakeholder process to develop a proposal for the transition. While looking to stakeholders and those most directly served by the IANA functions to work through the technical details, the NTIA established a clear framework to guide the discussion and communicated to ICANN that the transition proposal must have broad community support and address the following four principles:

  • Support and enhance the multistakeholder model;
  • Maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS;
  • Meet the needs and expectation of the global customers and partners of the IANA services; and,
  • Maintain the openness of the Internet.

The Internet Society has been requested to select two (2) nominees to act as its representatives to the Coordination Group and to notify these to ICANN by 23:59 UTC on 2 July 2014.


An open call to members of the Internet Society membership and broader community is therefore called, with candidates requested to submit a 250 word statement of interest as well as a separate summary of their relevant qualifications, skills and experience (curriculum vitae).

As the elected representatives of the Internet Society membership, or selected from its constituency through long-standing processes, and mindful of the compressed timeframe available, the Board of Trustees has determined that it shall undertake processes akin to its usual practice for identifying members of advisory and operational boards. The Internet Society Board will now be reviewing and assessing all candidates

Interviews of shortlisted candidates may be conducted.

How to apply

To apply, you will need:

1) A 250 word (max.) statement of interest

2) A separate document with a curriculum vitae, containing a summary of relevant qualifications, skills and experience 

3) Send both documents to: [email protected]


Nominations open: 9th June 2014

Nominations close: 23:59 UTC 20th June 2014  UPDATE: Deadline extended to 17:00 UTC on 1 July 2014

Nominations are now closed. Thank you for your interest.


It is expected that an announcement will be made of the nominees at the closure of a Board of Trustees meeting on 2 July 2014.


Candidates will be expected to possess:

a.  A clear appreciation of the nature of multistakeholder participation and governance including a familiarity with consensus-based decision-making systems;

b.  Demonstrated expertise in the technical procedures, practices and administration of the Internet particularly as it relates to the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet, its protocols and operation;

c.  Familiarity with the IANA operating model;

d.  A solid understanding of the overarching governance and contractual principles;

e.  Ability and confidence of the Internet Society community to operate within the broader diplomatic environment;

f.  The willingness to devote time and energy to this process; and

g.  Other such criteria as deemed appropriate by the Board of Trustees for effective performance.


The appointed candidate will be expected to act as the direct liaison for the Internet Society community and provide reports to the Board of Trustees and membership on a regular basis and in other forums at the appropriate frequency and as agreed as the process evolves.

The Internet Society Board of Trustees reserves the right to disendorse its nominated candidates at any time should they be unable to fulfil the requirements.

Selected candidates should initially be prepared to meet in mid-July 2014, tentatively on 16-18 July, to begin developing modes of operation and working methods. ICANN will make available the requisite facilities and resources.

Term of Office

The initial term of appointment will be for twelve (12) months after which time the Board of Trustees may choose to rerun the process or to extend the term.


It is expected that travel costs will be recoverable for the successful candidate to participate in face to face meetings of the Group. The Internet Society will make available other facilities with which to consult with its membership and expert advisory groups.

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