Steve Crocker Exiting ICANN Chair

Steve CrockerTerm limited. Steve writes, 

We have term limits for directors, no more than three consecutive three year terms.  I have reached my limit and am leaving the Board.  The Board’s chair is chosen each year by the Board.  The formal election of the next chair takes place at the end of the Annual General Meeting in Abu Dhabi.

He has been active literally since the beginning of the Internet. He was part of the UCLA team, led by Len Kleinrock, that connected the first Internet node, back in DARPA days. Wired has a great interview about the early days, including how Steve developed the RFC system. There’s also an oral history of the early days Steve did back in 1991.

Americans Avri Doria and Sarah Deutsch have been nominated and will likely join the ICANN Board at the October Abu Dhabi meeting,

I once called Deutsch a hero because of her work on some basic Internet protections while she was with Verizon. She now works with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Avri, a friend, has been active in ISOC and U.S. policy issues for many years. 

VInt Cerf has “known and worked with Steve since we were teenagers together at Van Nuys High School in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles.” He writes:

“Steve deserves enormous credit both for his early leadership in computer networking that culminated in the host level protocols for the ARPANET and the creation of the RFC series. It also anointed Jon Postel as the Numbers Czar, the RFC Editor and eventually the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority that eventually also encompassed management of the domain name system for many years.

Steve also deserves recognition for his very long service to ICANN and the Internet Community as the inaugural chairman of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee, Board member and eventual chairman of the Board. He has been the right person at the right time in all of these roles. The transition of control of the IANA functions from the contractual era under the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to ICANN and its community took place during his time as chairman and his steady hand and unflappable style contributed greatly to the final success of that effort.

I can say without hesitation that he is one of a handful of the smartest and most thoughtful people it has been my privilege to know. The Internet community has benefited from his lasting commitment to network technology and it is fitting that we now offer our best wishes in the next phase of his career.”

George Sadowsky, a board member at ICANN, writes

Steve is a giant of the Internet, from writing RFC-1 to providing stable and progressive leadership of ICANN for the last five years.  For me, he has been a valuable and trusted colleague.  I think that he still has a couple of significant contributions to make, and I look forward to being pleasantly surprised by them. 

Update from Steve: We — Vint, Jon, I and the other grad students — got involved in the Arpanet project in 1968.  The first IMP was installed at UCLA  in September 1969, but we had been involved for over a year in the planning, discussions, organizing, etc.  I good starting date might be August 1968 when the people from the first four sites got together at UCSB.  Elmer Shapiro from SRI chair the meeting, and it was the first time we met our counterparts from the other sites.  That kicked off the protocol design process.  Over the next several months we visited each other’s laboratories, formulated general ideas, and developed mutual respect and communication.  The RFCs emerged from those meetings in spring 1969.

Here’s Crocker’s Wikipedia article and the official NomCom release.

Stephen D. Crocker (born October 15, 1944, in Pasadena, California) is the inventor of the Request for Comments series,[1]authoring the very first RFC[2] and many more.[3] He received his bachelor’s degree (1968) and PhD (1977) from the University of California, Los Angeles.[4] Crocker is chair of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN.[5]

Steve Crocker has worked in the Internet community since its inception. As a UCLA graduate student in the 1960s, he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the ARPANET which were the foundation for today’s Internet.[6] For this work, Crocker was awarded the 2002 IEEE Internet Award.[7]

While at UCLA Crocker taught an extension course on computer programming (for the IBM 7094 mainframe computer). The class was intended to teach digital processing and assembly language programming to high school teachers, so that they could offer such courses in their high schools. A number of high school students were also admitted to the course, to ensure that they would be able to understand this new discipline. Crocker was also active in the newly formed UCLA Computer Club.

Crocker has been a program manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a senior researcher at USC‘s Information Sciences Institute, founder and director of the Computer Science Laboratory at The Aerospace Corporation and a vice president at Trusted Information Systems. In 1994, Crocker was one of the founders and chief technology officer of CyberCash, Inc. In 1998, he founded and ran Executive DSL, a DSL-based ISP. In 1999 he cofounded and was CEO of Longitude Systems. He is currently CEO of Shinkuro, a research and development company.

Steve Crocker was instrumental in creating the ARPA “Network Working Group”, which later was the context in which the IETF was created.

He has also been an IETF security area director, a member of the Internet Architecture Board, chair of the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee, a board member of the Internet Society and numerous other Internet-related volunteer positions.

In 2012, Crocker was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[8]


ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee Announces Selections


LOS ANGELES – 01 September 2017 – The ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its selections for eight leadership positions within ICANN. The selections include:

ICANN Board of Directors

Avri Doria (North America)
Sarah Deutsch (North America)

At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)

Hadia Elminiawi (Africa)
Kaili Kan (Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands)
Ricardo Holmquist (Latin America, Caribbean Islands)

Council of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

Marita Moll (North America)

Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

Carlos Gutierrez (Latin America, Caribbean Islands)
Syed Ismail Shah (Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands)

Selectee photos and biographies will be posted to in the coming days.

Those selected will take up their positions after the end of ICANN’s Annual General Meeting, which will take place during ICANN60, scheduled for 28 October – 3 November in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

There will be an announcement coming soon about the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board seats, which is also part of the Nominating Committee work for this year.

The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN’s leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN’s overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. Selectees should have the following basic criteria:

  • Have integrity, objectivity, and sound judgment.
  • Support decision-making within groups.
  • Work effectively in English.
  • Understand ICANN’s mission and operation.
  • Are committed to ICANN’s success.
  • Have experience in world affairs.
  • Contribute to cultural, professional, and geographic expertise.
  • Can work long and hard, generally as volunteers, for the global public trust.

An Independent Body at the Community’s Service

Hans Petter Holen, the Chair of the 2017 Nominating Committee, shared the following statement about the 2017 Nominating Committee results:

“As Chair, it is my honor, pleasure, and duty to report that the 2017 Nominating Committee has completed the task assigned to it by the ICANN community and made the selections shown above.

I want to thank the Nominating Committee for its work and dedication, in working constructively and efficiently together to reach final agreement.

I want to extend special thanks to Joette Youkhanna and Jia Kimoto for excellent support to the committee. I also want to thank Zahid Jamil and Stephane van Gelder for supporting me on the Leadership Team throughout the year, and Stephane van Gelder for providing the Committee and the community with regular report cards on our work.

During this year’s Annual General Meeting in Abu Dhabi, the Committee will present the ICANN community with a Final Report detailing its work and providing in-depth data on the applications received.”

Regional Breakdown of Applicants

As noted above, the 2017 Nominating Committee received 99 applications from candidates all over the world (36 women and 63 men) during its nomination period. This nominating period took place from 11 January 2017 to 21 March 2017.

The regional breakdown of this year’s candidates is:

16 from Africa
23 from Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands
25 from Europe
13 from Latin America, Caribbean Islands
22 from North America

To learn more about the Nominating Committee, visit http://nomcom.icann.o

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