The President of the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory Board, Javier Rúa-Jovet, has been selected by the Nominations Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a global advisory commission in charge of overseeing the interests and viewpoints of Internet users.
Rúa-Jovet will represent the North American region, including Puerto Rico, estimated at 300 million people. This designation to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), which does not involve monetary compensation, will be effective for two years starting in November 2016, after the culmination of ICANN 57th annual general meeting, to be held this year in Hyderabad, India.
“It is an honor to be part of ICANN’s global community of representatives. This ad honorem appointment will allow us to contribute to the creation and strengthening of policies that ensure the correct functioning of the Domain Name System, and that guarantee the health, stability and nature of the Internet as a global resource serving the global public interest, including the needs and viewpoints of our North American region,” Rúa-Jovet said.
ALAC is composed of 15 members, two appointed for each of five regional organizations and five members selected by the Nominating Committee (NomCom) of ICANN. NomCom is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ALAC’s leadership to ensure that it is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience and perspective.
The basic criteria is that selectees are people of integrity, objectivity, sound judgment, support decision-making within groups, work effectively in English, understand ICANN’s mission and operation, have experience in world affairs, and can work long and hard, as volunteers, for the global public trust.
“This objective is aligned with our mission at PRTRB to safeguard the rights of users of advanced telecommunications services in Puerto Rico,” Rúa Jovet added.