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ISOC Appoints PIR Board Members

The Internet Society (ISOC) has approved new board members for the Public Interest Registry (PIR), which was organized last year to manage the .org domain. ISOC is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1991.

The new board will be seated Nov. 1 and have staggered terms of one-three years. The primary criteria in PIR Board member selection was a "thorough understanding of registries, registrar and registrant needs, active board participation, and a strong record of excellence in involvement with professional or community organizations."

According to Edward Viltz, PIR president and CEO, PIR is committed to continuing to define a "new standard of customer satisfaction and registry operations," while providing resources to "empower and educate the Internet community it serves, and positioning .org as a valued global brand."

Returning board members include:

  • David Maher (U.S., 3 years). A partner in the Chicago law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, Maher is a former ISOC VP for Public Policy, a member of the International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration & Mediation Center Panel of Neutrals.
  • Marc Rotenberg (U.S., 3 years). The executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Rotenberg is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Privacy and Information Protection and serves on the UNESCO Expert Panel on Cyberspace Law.
  • Frode Greisen (Europe, 1 year). The former chairman and founding board member of ISOC, Greisen is a board member of the Riseaux IP Europiens (RIPE NCC) Association, former president of the European Research and Education Network, and former president the Trans-European Education and Research Networking Association (TERENA).
  • New board members include:

  • Amadeu Abril i Abril (Europe, 2 years). ICANN Board of Directors 1999-2003; member ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Names Council; professor of EU Law and Director of European Documentation Center at ESADE Law School; legal counsel for IP/IT group for Cuatrecasas law firm; legal and policy advisory to Nominalia.
  • Geoff Huston (Asia Pacific, 2 years). Technical manager, Australian Academic and Research Network 1989-1995; Chief Internet Scientist for Telstra; executive director of Internet Architecture Board (IAB); ISOC founding board member and former ISOC chairman; and a member of the Asia Pacific Network Information Center Executive Council.
  • Eva Frvlich (Europe, 1 year). A member Riseaux IP Europiens, Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTRE), Internet Council of Registrars (CORE); director of European Technology Development for Neulevel; senior technical industry liaison for Neustar; and Network Information Centre Sweden AB (NIC-SE).
  • Kenny Huang (Asia Pacific, 1 year). ICANN Address Council, Asia Pacific Representative; ICANN Internationalized Domain Name Registry Implementation Committee (IDN-RIC); founding member of Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC); co-chair Address Policy SIG, Asia Pacific Network; advisor, Chinese Domain Name Consortium; co-chair, JET (Joint Engineer Team, formed by JPNIC, KRNIC, CNNIC, TWNIC); Searchable Internet Resource Name (SIREN).
  • ISOC is the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Architecture Board, the Internet Engineering Steering Group and other Internet-related bodies.