Internet Architecture Board


Call for nominations: IETF Liaison to ICANN Board of Directors

The IAB is tasked to nominate a liaison to represent the IETF on the ICANN Board of Directors. This is a call for nominations for that liaison. The nomination period will close on 7 March 2018.

The liaison normally serves a two-year renewable term; the IAB plans to name the new liaison by the May 2018 ICANN Board retreat with the full transition to be completed by October 2018. Jonne Soininen has served as the IETF Liaison to the ICANN Board of Directors since 2013, and has indicated that he will not seek another term. The IAB thanks Jonne for his service.

The ICANN Mission and the role of the Board of Directors are outlined in the Board Governance Guidelines:

The mission of ICANN is to ensure the stable and secure operation of
the Internet’s unique identifier systems. The fundamental
responsibility of Directors… is to exercise their business judgment to
act in what they reasonably believe to be the best interests of ICANN
and in the global public interest, taking account of the interests of
the Internet community as a whole rather than any individual group or
interest. Actions of the Board reflect the Board’s collective action
after taking due reflection.

It is the duty of the Board to oversee management’s performance to
ensure that ICANN operates in an effective, efficient and ethical
manner. The Board will also be responsible for overseeing the
development of ICANN’s short, medium and long-term strategic plans,
ensuring that they will result in sustainable outcomes, and taking
account of the critical interdependencies of financial, human,
natural, manufactured, social and intellectual capitals.

The position for an IETF liaison to the board is non-voting.

One of the roles of the liaison is to oversee the operations of the ICANN in terms of their possible impact or relation to IETF work and the Internet protocols. Another role of the liaison is to inform ICANN of any IETF matters relevant to the ICANN. It is expected that the selected person is effective in communicating between the two organizations, and has a sufficient understanding of the Internet protocols, DNS, and assigned number management to identify where potential problems might occur or where coordination is needed. When needed, the liaison is also expected to be able to find experts on specific issues on both sides.

The IETF liaison to the board is:

  • highly regarded in technical and policy matters.
  • constructive in framing new approaches, technically or in terms of communication.
  • willing and able to work well with others.
  • expected to have ICANN experience and an understanding of its processes and workings.
  • willing and able to commit the time to work in the board, and follow the related discussions.
  • expected to attend and participate in the ICANN meetings as well as any additional board meetings (although ICANN has traditionally covered board member travel costs).
  • expected to attend and participate in the IETF meetings, particularly the working group meetings relevant to work at ICANN.
  • able to agree with the requirements for the board members, such as confidentiality and conflict of interest rules, and is unlikely to be in a position of conflict of interest for typical board discussion topics.

The necessary time commitment varies with the extent of work that the liaison is interested in taking on within the board, but just the travel and meeting time alone can be substantial. Typically, there are three ICANN meetings and three additional board meetings per year.

For context, the governance documents for the ICANN board can be found here:

These include, for instance, overall governance guidelines, the ICANN bylaws, conflict of interest policies, and travel support:

Note that as per Section 7.22.h of the ICANN Bylaws, this position may be entitled to receive compensation from ICANN for services as a non-voting liaison; however, as per the IAB statement on Liaison Compensation, the IAB generally believes that the guiding principle should be that individuals serve without expectation of direct compensation from the bodies to which they are appointed, so as to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. As a result, apart from reasonable travel expenses, the IAB generally requests that its appointees decline offers of compensation from the bodies to which they are appointed.

The current board can be found here:

The current meeting schedules of the board and ICANN itself are here:

If you are interested in this position, or know of someone who may be a good fit for this position, please send the name and email address to <> with a copy to <>.

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