Feeds

Vote for who should run the UK's Internet

Nominet board elections underway

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Two spaces on the board of the UK's Internet registry are up for grabs - and three horses are in the running. Every year, two of Nominet's four non-executives on the six-person board are put up for election.

The ballot papers have just gone out to all members and the deadline for returning them is the first day of its annual general meeting - Wednesday 7 July.

But considering it is an influential and important position, there are depressingly few candidates. The two current non-exec directors have put themselves up for re-election and Gordon Dick - a Nominet regular - has put himself forward arguing that it is important the election provide members with a choice.

All three are capable and knowledgeable, and you can read their election statements here.

Gordon Dick was on Nominet's Policy Advisory Board for two years, but didn't stand for re-election last year because of personal commitments. He reckons Nominet could do with some fresh blood at the top. His homesite is at www.gordon.me.uk.

Stephen Dyer has been on the Nominet board (or Council of Management) for four years and before that was on the Policy Advisory Board. He founded CentralNic and has a fair bit to do with European Net body RIPE, as well as the new .eu domain. He lists his homesite as being at www.stephendyer.me.uk, but it was only bought at the start fo the month and there is nothing up there at the moment.

Fay Howard has been on the board for two years. She was previously head of European ccTLD body Centr (formerly part of RIPE), and is advising EURid on how to implement the .eu domain. She doesn't list a home domain.

So there's your choice. Every Nominet member is entitled to vote and the vote is weighted according to the number of domains a voter has registered/renewed that year.

All are capable. But do you go for the tried and tested directors who know how it works and are recognised, or do you pull in fresh blood in the shape of Gordon Dick, who says that his appointment would "ensure that complacency and arrogance does not have a chance to set in"?

Either way, the most important aspect is participation. Not only will your vote (if you are a member) decide two of the six people that decide Nominet official policy, but there are a range of consultations currently open for responses that will have a strong effect on the how the UK Internet space is run.

One consultation is on new dispute resolution rules and ends on 19 July. Another concerns Nominet's terms and conditions for registering domain names - that ends on 4 August. And a third regards changes to the .me.uk domain - that ends 23 August.

Nominet's AGM will be on 7-8 July at the Sheraton Hotel opposite Heathrow airport. ®

Related stories

Europe sticks up two fingers at ICANN budget
EC tells Europe and ICANN to make peace
UK music biz tackles Nominet over domain nobbling

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal
Come back with our internet! cries Republican drawing up bill
What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant
Commits to American manufacturing ... of secret tech
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?