CIRA - Update on Governance

Update on CIRA governance.

Wednesday CIRA (The Canadian Internet Registration Authority) announced that they were reversing course on their plans to overhaul the governance structure of the not for profit organization and would instead only make by-law changes required to conform to the new NFP regulations.

In a post by Paul Andersen, which you can read here ( http://blog.cira.ca/2012/08/guest-post-by-paul-andersen-results-of-ciras-outreach-on-governance/ ), Paul explains how CIRA came to this decision and some of the issues they have had with engaging the member community on consultations around governance.

Overall I'm pleased with the outcome, the members slate will be retained, and CIRA will continue to operate as a democratic internet governance organization for the time being. The size of the board will be maintained and many of the other more minor concerns have been addressed as well.

I'm also pleased to see that the CIRA board has heard the members, even if the response group was small, and that they have shown that they are willing to seriously consider member feedback and even reverse course when they get it wrong. This really underscores how the CIRA governance process is working well today, and we should all thank the board for their continued service and most importantly for being willing to reconsider actions in consultation with members.

I'd also like to thank Paul Andersen for putting together a great blog post on the topic as it signals a distinct shift from prior member engagement, and really helps the community understand the inner workings of this important organization better.

I am also happy to announce that I will be running in the CIRA board of directors election again this year. I will be competing for one of two members-slate positions that will be available through this year's election cycle.

I plan to run on substantially the same platform as last year, and will be looking for your support again this year. I will be announcing the launch of my campaign in the coming days.