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Rick is running for CIRA re-election

Postby rsutc » 2010 08 20 0950

Arjay Enterprises owner and award winning author Rick Sutcliffe is running for re-election to the CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority) board that he has served on the last three years.

The election has Three stages:
1. Nominating Committee nominees have already been chosen. They are listed at
https://elections.cira.ca/2010/nomcomcandidates/list/en

Among this group of candidates, we are recommending Paul Anderson (the current CIRA chair) for re-election.

2. Rick Sutcliffe is running in the "member nominee" category. Member nominees need 20 "shows of support" to become official candidates. (Aug 26 to Sept 9, 2010)
These will be listed at
https://elections.cira.ca/2010/en/member_nominees.html
and there will be a link to the next page where the shows of support can be registered

3. Those getting these in the first round go on the ballot. (Voting Sept 22- Sept 29, 2010)

Want to show support or vote for him or for someone else? You must be a CIRA member. If you have at least one .CA domain you can become a member here
https://member.cira.ca/en/member.html

To vote, Members may be required to login using their Member email and password. If you are a member and you haven’t created your Member password, please visit https://member.cira.ca/password/establish/en.
Rick Sutcliffe
Non-fiction, Christian SF, and columns
http://www.arjaybooks.com

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Domainers and the rest of us

Postby rsutc » 2010 08 30 0705

CIRA Members
I note that a domainer is running for the member nominee position and making much of his statement that domain name investors are the principal stakeholders in CIRA. (These are people who buy, hold, and trade domain names for profit, rather then using them directly for "real" business or personal web sites.)

For the record, I am completely opposed to this view. I believe that ordinary Canadians who own and use domains like MarySmith.ca or JoesLawnmowers.ca are the principal stakeholders in CIRA, and it is their views with which I sympathize and hope to represent. It is they whom I hope will buy far more .ca names in the future and use them daily as active participants in the digital revolution, thus making the .ca space the uniquely Canadian one, and growing it to serve a far higher percentage of people than it does at present. Growth from the current 1.5 million names is best achieved by marketing to and serving the domain needs of ordinary citizens, not by concentrating most outstanding names in the hands of speculators to the exclusion of the rest of us.

Yes, large-scale domain investors may increase the gross volume of sales of .ca domains to an extent. However, speculation in domain names does not add any value to the network for the bulk of Canadian citizens apart from those few speculators. Indeed, it makes it more difficult to obtain a domain name directly from CIRA when so many are tied up by speculators hoping to monetize those names at the expense of everyone else. Speculation reduces the value of the .ca space for most of us. Given that there is only one member-initiated seat, it makes sense for members to vote for one of their own number, someone who does not have a vested corporate or speculator interest, but will act for their concerns.

The purpose of board level governance is to exercise a (fiduciary) duty on the one hand for the corporation, and on the other for the best interests of the majority of individual stakeholders. Good governance is exercised on behalf of the common stakeholders for their collective interests. It is not sound governance to advance a specific personal, corporate, or political interest at their expense.

If elected, I will continue to advocate for sound governance and financial principles, for a safe, secure internet in the Canadian space, for the interests of everyday Canadians, and for healthy growth of the .ca space so that it exceeds .com in Canadian market share--but does so in the hands of a far larger percentage of Canada's individual citizens and businesses.

Rick
Rick Sutcliffe

Non-fiction, Christian SF, and columns

http://www.arjaybooks.com

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Re: Rick is running for CIRA re-election

Postby rsutc » 2010 09 23 1312

Well, I've made it past the hurdle of the necessary number of shows of support and am on the final ballot for the member's seat. There's lots of new things underway as CIRA transitions to a mature organization, and I'd like to be part of continuing them. If you're a CIRA member, I'd appreciate your vote. Go to
https://elections.cira.ca/2010/
You will need to verify your membership before you can vote--for four among the NonCom slate, and one from the member list.

Rick
Rick Sutcliffe

Non-fiction, Christian SF, and columns

http://www.arjaybooks.com


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