Call for Applications for Internet Technical Community Representation in the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group 2016 (MAG)

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The purpose of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) is to advise the U.N. Secretary General on the programme and schedule of  the Internet Governance Forum meetings. The MAG comprises of 55 Members from governments, the private sector and civil society, including representatives from the academic and technical communities.  Those nominated should expect to attend two virtual MAG meetings per month as well as typically three face to face meetings per year.  More information. 


The Internet Society (ISOC) is facilitating a process leading to recommendations from the Internet Technical Collaboration Group for participation in the 2016 MAG of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).  A Nominating Committee (NOMCOM) consisting of senior members of the Internet technical community is currently being formed and will provide nominations to be transmitted to the United Nations for consideration. Candidates should be aware that nominations may or may not be accepted by the UN.


Individuals interested in being suggested by the Nominating Committee are invited to complete the Nomination Form in full to provide responses to a set of Questions that are specific to the Internet technical community. Both the form and the answers to questions should be returned to by 2359 UTC on Friday, January 22nd.  Applications with incomplete responses to either set of questions will not be considered.  ISOC will transmit the names of nominees to the United Nations no later than February 1st. More details on the nomination process can be found here


Both sets of questions should be answered completely. Responses need not necessarily be lengthy, but they must be sufficiently content-full that the Nominating Committee can accurately judge from them the extent and specifics of your background.  If the applicant believes that an existing CV or biographical sketch would contribute to the Nominating Committee’s understanding of the candidacy, such a document may be provided in either PDF form or in the form of a link.


In terms of attendance at physical meetings, potential funding for MAG members (selected applicants)  is available through the IGF “Participant funding” program outlined at Note that this program is targeted only toward participants from Least Developed Countries, Developing Countries or Transitional Economies.


Technical Community Representatives on the 2015 MAG includes the following people:

  • Xiaodong Lee (NIC CN, China)
  • Peter Dengate Thrush (Counsel, Barrister, New Zealand)
  • Michael Nelson (CloudFlare, USA)
  • Lynn St. Amour (Internet Matters, USA)
  • Izumi Okutani (JPNIC, Japan)
  • Susan Chalmers (Independent Consultant, USA)
  • Baher Esmat (ICANN, Egypt)*
  • Constance Bommelaer (ISOC, France)*
  • Flavio Wagner (, Brazil)

Candidates with a “*” by their names have stated that they not standing again for nomination.

Privacy Statement

The nominating committee is required to forward information provided by nominees on the MAG Nomination Form to the United Nations for purposes of the nomination.  With the exception of candidates naming themselves, information provided to the NOMCOM for its consideration shall be treated in the strictest confidence.

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