In this election, CIRA members can vote for one member-nominated candidate and up to four nominating committee candidates. I should note that this is a broken system as the nominating committee has created signicant board upheaval and loss of institutional memory. Meanwhile the CIRA members are left to select only one of their nominated candidates.
On the member nominated side, I supported Bill Reid. This was a particularly difficult choice as members nominated several excellent candidates, including Zak Muscovitch, who ran a campaign with an unprecedented effort to engage the membership on the issues, establishing a campaign site, posting lengthy essays on key issues, and generally raising the awareness of CIRA policy. While I think Muscovitch’s campaign should serve as a model for future campaigns, I felt most comfortable supporting Reid, a CIRA director for the past four years with decades of computer science and Internet experience. His response to CIRA’s biggest challenges, which included Internet governance and net neutrality, highlights his commitment to policy issues and the public interest.
On the nominating committee side, I supported Paul Andersen (the current CIRA chair who has worked to move the organization forward on some key issues), Martin Kratz (a well known technology law lawyer), Rowena Liang (board and corporate experience) and John King (online education experience).
Many thanks for your kind words Michael regarding my campaign. As you pointed out, I tried very hard to engage members in policy discussion and put in a lot of effort. At the end of the day, I am very satisfied with having raised awareness, regardless of the actual outcome of the election. There are numerous qualified candidates as you point out I wish all of them good luck.
The CIRA is a supposedly non-profit organization that rakes in millions from domain registrations and gives virtually nothing back to Canadians. It needs more than just rearranging the deck chairs at the board meeting, it needs to be disbanded.
Thank you for your support
Michael, thank you for your support. I am looking forward to the challenges and rewards of service to the CIRA board.