NEW YORK, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The At Large Members of ICANN are scheduled to participate in a historic first -- a worldwide online election to choose Directors for the Internet's governing body, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Closing a fifteen-day window to apply for nomination on August 14, At Large Member candidates have just fifteen days more -- August 15 to August 31 -- to garner enough endorsements for a spot on ICANN's October ballot.
Endorsement requires support from 2% of the At Large Members in her/his geographic region, or 20 members, whichever is greater; and support from residents of at least two countries. The final ballot for At-Large Director will include the candidates nominated by ICANN'S Nominating Committee, and any candidates who have met the conditions for member-nomination.
In an effort to help voters meet the candidates, ICB Toll Free News queried each by email as to their opinions and positions on such issues as domain name dispute arbitration and new top level domains (TLD's), and today published the survey results at http://icbtollfree.com/txt/icbsurveyresults.htm (registration required.)
``This survey only covers Domain Name issues that we felt impact end users significantly on a day-to-day basis,'' says Judith Oppenheimer, publisher of ICB. ``We provided a multiple choice format, as well as an open-ended option for nominees to write in their own response, of which most took generous advantage.''
The survey presents an overview of the candidates' positions on major issues, in their own words, unedited. This overview clearly shows which candidates favor global governance; which favor individual country's rights under their own laws; and which of them have definite bias in favor of intellectual property interests, etc.
There is currently an overabundance of representation for major commercial and intellectual property interests on ICANN's Board of Directors. These candidates are running for seats to represent the at-large community's interests.
The ICB survey results are published, verbatim, in a comparative chart offering voters the opportunity to endorse those nominees whose positions reflect their own.
``I certainly would not suggest forming a final opinion based on any survey,'' says Leah Gellegos, Founder of TLDLobby.com. ``However, coupled with the ICANN submissions and individual campaign websites, the survey affords an at-a-glance review of the candidates' positions on vital issues to the at-large community, as opposed to the special interests. As a tool, it is quite helpful for purposes of comparison, both within a specific region and across regions. I hope that all the candidates reply.''
Regional breakdown for applicants is Africa, Asia/Australia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean and North America. Within each, replies are listed alphabetically.
``We're very pleased with the responsiveness of the candidates, with over 50% returning completed questionnaires,'' says Oppenheimer. ``As last minute applications come into ICANN, ICB has continued to send out survey questionnaires. Late replies will be added in.''
ICB Toll Free News (http://www.ICBtollFree.com/), recognized premier source of 800 and dot com industry news, is owned by ICB Inc., a consulting practice (http://www.1800theExpert.com/) founded in 1993. ICB Consulting is the industry leader in toll free and domain name intelligence, advising business owners, corporate marketers and the telecom industries since 1993. ICB Toll Free News has been published since 1995; is updated daily, and houses an invaluable archive of toll free and domain name news and information. ICB can be reached at 212-684-7210.
SOURCE: ICB Inc.