Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Independent Objector (IO)

His role:

The Independent Objector does not act on behalf of any particular persons or entities, but acts solely in the best interests of the public who use the global Internet.

As found in the latest Application Guidebook (3.2.5), he "will be selected by ICANN, through an open and transparent process, and retained as an independent consultant. The Independent Objector will be an individual with considerable experience and respect in the Internet community, unaffiliated with any gTLD applicant".

Questions:
  • Only one Independent Objector for all applications?
  • How is ICANN going to check if the IO is not funded, directly or indirectly, by an applicant? :-)
  • Who is he?
nb: deadline for expressions of interest was 22 December 2011.