ISOC Member Newsletter Volume 8 Number 4 - April 2009

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ISOC Member Newsletter
Volume 8 Number 4 - April 2009
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Table of Contents

Welcome to the April 2009 newsletter

General News
- World Summit Youth Award winners announced
- ISIF grants program 'kick-starts' local innovation in
the Asia Pacific
- Project Showcase: Irish IPv6 Summit 2009
- Happy birthday RFCs - 40th Anniversary of document series
at heart of Internet standards process
- Design visions of past ensure future generations of networking
- International Technology V Week

Chapter News
- The Sphere Project: A Case Study in Creative Participation
- Chapter Events Funding Programme now active
- Chapter Travel Fellowship Programme now available
- Argentina
- Australia
- Ecuador
- Puerto Rico
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Pikiwiki - Israel free image collection project

ISOC Updates
- ISOC Association Membership System (AMS) Project Update
- ISOC responds to ICANN's call for comments on forming a
GSNO CyberSafety Constituency
- Call for Nominations: 2009 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award
- Call For Candidates For Itojun Service Award

Welcome to the April 2009 newsletter

Welcome to the April 2009 edition. We have a bumper selection of articles from many chapters including Argentina, Australia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and San Francisco - thank you for your updates on all the innovative activities taking place in extending the use of the Internet across different communities.

There are many updates on ISOC happenings including a call for nominations for two noteworthy awards: the Jonathan B. Postel Award and the Itojun Service Award.

I will be bidding you farewell, as this is my final issue as the ISOC Newsletter Editor. It has been a pleasure working with the ISOC team and you all in producing this monthly newsletter. Please continue to contact with your articles and feedback. Happy reading!

Rupa Mohan


World Summit Youth Award winners announced

From online music and TV communities to interactive gaming platforms to e-learning applications and HIV/AIDS resources, the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) presents young people who use Internet and Mobiles to get Action on United Nations Millennium Development goals. ISOC is a proud sponsor of the World Summit Youth Award.

WSYA has just announced this year's winners, selected from over 600 applicants in more than 100 countries. The five Awards categories for 2009 are:

* Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease!
* Education for all!
* Power 2 Women!
* Create Your Culture!
* Go Green!

The WSYA winners will take centre stage in Monterrey, Mexico during the United Nations Global Forum on ICT and Development and WSA Winners Celebrations from 10-13 June, 2009. They will showcase their projects to government and business leaders, representatives of civil society and the international community.

The Internet Society is proud to sponsor the WSYA, which is a showcase to the world for young designers, technologists and e-Content creators, as well as a contribution on a global scale to addressing poverty, protecting the environment, sharing knowledge and empowering young people.

More information about the Winning projects is available on the WSYA web site:

ISIF grants program 'kick-starts' local innovation in the Asia Pacific

Local communities across the Asia Pacific region stand to benefit from work backed by an important new funding program. The Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF) has announced funding for 11 projects in eight countries, all awarded grants for their innovative approaches to extending Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure to meet genuine challenges in the region.

These projects showcase diverse uses of ICT technology, such as mobile-based tele-healthcare, forensic investigation infrastructure, and localized high-performance email for telecentres, and even the establishment of a national high-speed backbone.

ISIF is a small-grants program, launched in 2008, aimed at stimulating creative solutions to ICT development needs in the Asia Pacific region. It provides targeted, accountable project funding, which plays a vital role in getting practical, grass roots and community-driven solutions off the ground.

ISIF is a partnership between the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Internet Society (ISOC), and the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), with generous support from the DotAsia Organization. The first round of funding occurred in late 2008 with the successful projects each receiving up to US$30,000 to be used in 2009.

Following strict criteria, the Grants Evaluation Committee selected 11 successful projects and requested representatives from each to attend a proposal development workshop in Hyderabad, India. At the workshop they had the opportunity to modify their proposals based on feedback received from the ISIF partners and other workshop participants. They also explored simple networking strategies to help them establish effective collaboration among the projects. The resulting projects showcase innovation across a wide spectrum. They not only illustrate important research results, but equally, they help build research capacity within organizations.

As Michael Ginguld from Airjaldi Networks, India explains, "The evaluation process provided the environment needed not only to discuss the proposals submitted, share knowledge and perspectives about innovation in ICTs, but also to develop mutual trust and respect among the applicants and the ISIF representatives".

ISOC Director of Education and Programmes, Karen Rose believes the 2009 ISIF projects have genuine potential to extend Internet access and improve the quality of life in economies across the region. "Enduring and sustainable progress in Internet development requires activities at the local level that engage people in their home regions. ISIF supports local organizations solving local issues. We see this as key path for Internet innovation and growth in the Asia Pacific region," said Ms Rose.

ISIF's first call for applications received an overwhelming response, with 148 applications coming in from 22 different Asia Pacific economies, including Bhutan, Mongolia, and Papua New Guinea.

APNIC Director General, Paul Wilson, attributes the excellent response the ISIF program received to the collaborative efforts of partners and stakeholders from throughout the Asia Pacific Internet community. "I am very thankful to all members of this community for their proactive promotion and support of this program. The success is an example of how the Internet community can collaborate effectively to promote growth and development in economies where markets or regulation struggle to support innovation," said Mr Wilson.

Richard Fuchs, chair of the ISIF Grants Committee and Regional Director at IDRC, Southeast and East Asia announced the program will fund more projects next year. "Due to the success of the 2008/09 round of funding, ISIF partners and sponsors are pleased to confirm their support for a new round of funding for a 2009/10 ISIF Grant Program. We look forward to working with more organizations in the region to continue innovation into the future," said Mr Fuchs.

As Gaurab Upadhaya from Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN), Nepal explains, "The ISIF grant gave us the kick-start funds necessary to get past the initial hurdles. It also let us design and develop the network with a big picture plan, rather than in a piecemeal fashion."

In the next round, ISIF will support up to 10 projects with grants up to AU$40,0000. The projects will be selected during 2009 to receive funding and implement their project in 2010. All the details of the new 'Call for Applications' are available on the ISIF web site. Applications should be prepared from April to July using the formats available and must be submitted through the online application form by 31 July 2009.

The ISIF program partners also call on other organizations through the region to consider providing financial support to expand the ISIF program. To support future ISIF activities, please contact Sylvia Cadena, Project Officer.

Details of the current projects, funded in the 2008 round, are also available on the ISIF website:

Project Showcase: Irish IPv6 Summit 2009
Contributed by Connie Kendig

Ireland's IPv6 Task Force organized and hosted an all-day event in Dublin Castle on 28 January 2009. Over 150 delegates attended the event including those responsible for communications policy in the public and private sectors, managers and technical staff, academics, telecommunications operators, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The aim of the event was to raise awareness in the Irish private and public sectors about the need for immediate IPv6 deployment, and issues around such deployment. Following the event, the current aim is that a portal containing the slides and video streams of the talks can act as an ongoing resource for those promoting IPv6 in Ireland and further afield.

The program included an experienced panel of speakers with extensive expertise in these issues from a range of relevant perspectives. The talks discussed problems with IPv6 and with IPv6 deployment, rather than skirt around them, but the overall message was still clear; no alternative to IPv6 is able to emerge in the short time frame we have before the current IPv4-based Internet starts to feel some real growing pains due to the depletion of the address space.

This event was supported by:

* The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) in Waterford IT;
* HEAnet, Ireland's National Education and Research Network;
* DCENR, Ireland's Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources;
* The Irish National IPv6 Centre.

This event was sponsored by:

* The Internet Society (ISOC);
* IEDR IE Domain Registry;
* Hutchinson 3G IE

Happy birthday RFCs - 40th Anniversary of document series at heart of Internet standards process

On this day in 1969, 20 years before the birth of the World Wide Web, the first Request for Comments (RFC) document was published in the series that has documented Internet standards, practices, and technical history for the past four decades.

Writing in today's New York Times, Steve Crocker - one of the founders of the Internet and the author of RFC 1 - pays tribute to the "humble documents [that] shape the Internet's inner workings and have played a significant role in its success."

Steve, who is also a former member of ISOC's Board of Trustees, was one of a group of graduate students and University staff who realised the importance of documenting their work in networking a small group of research centres. Steve volunteered to organize the notes.

Those first plain notes, which preceded email, were paper documents, mailed to all participating groups. The electronic archive of the RFCs, managed and maintained by the RFC Editor, now contains more than 5,500 documents.

Steve's excellent article, which helps preserve an important piece of Internet history, is available on the New York Times web site.

On a related note, here is an interview with Steve Crocker published in the IETF Journal in 2006 to mark the 20th anniversary of the IETF.

Design visions of past ensure future generations of networking

At the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF), held in Lisbon, Portugal (22-24 April), the Internet Society has issued a clear reminder of the need to respect and preserve the unique development model responsible for the Internet's unprecedented growth and success.

"The 'Internet Model' of collaborative development continues to underpin the Internet's contribution to innovation and creativity, supporting global deployment of innovative and often surprising applications," said Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society, a member of the ITU's Informal Expert Group.

The Internet Model, which arose from a need for collaboration and knowledge sharing, is characterised by inclusive multistakeholder processes, open standards development, and decentralized responsibility for managing the various aspects of the Internet's technical and management functions.

"The opportunities and advantages of increasingly converged services arise specifically from the Internet's intrinsic design principles and development model, which together create a vibrant environment of innovation and creativity," said Ms St. Amour.

"Likewise, modern NGNs can be developed and deployed on the existing Internet because of visionary architectural decisions made literally decades ago. Indeed, today's NGNs will become tomorrow's legacy networks, replaced by applications running on the Internet, designed for as yet unknown future improvements," said Ms St.Amour.

The WTPF, was established as a less formal venue for discussions than regular ITU meetings. It is not designed to produce prescriptive outcomes with the binding force of an international treaty, but rather to foster debate and seek multi-stakeholder consensus on ways forward.

In advance of this event, the ITU Secretary-General produced a report with "draft opinions" on a wide range of topics including: Convergence, Emerging Telecommunication policy and regulatory issues, Next Generation Networks (NGNs), and International Telecommunication Regulations.

These issues became the core of the WTPF's agenda and the Internet Society has contributed to the discussions by submitting views on key technical and development considerations pertinent to the agenda. However, such a broad agenda of challenging topics underlines, in the Internet Society's view, the strong need to include diverse inputs representing a range of expertise.

While the Internet Society welcomes the inclusion of ITU Sector Members in its discussions at the WTPF, it has encouraged the ITU Secretariat General to continue opening its conferences to all interested stakeholders and broadening participation beyond its Member States and Sector Members, to the Civil Society, the Internet community and the research community.

"We gather here this week in a challenging economic climate," said Ms. St.Amour. "At such a time, it is vital to preserve an environment that is proven to work; an environment that clearly enables the emergence of innovative solutions. The lessons of the past teach us that in this environment, Internet development thrives, in turn spurring economic and social development and contributing to all facets of human progress."

The Internet Society's involvement in the WTPF, including its background documents and comments on the Secretary General's report, is detailed here.

International Technology V Week
- Contributed by Jose Francisco Callo Romero (Global member)

In light of the various information and communication technologies issues relating to the mass Internet, the current secretary and past president of the chapter of Peru, Jose Francisco Callo Romero, is organizing INICTEL - UNI, the international technology V Week. The event will be held from 18-22 May 2009 and covers the following topics:

* Internet and Information Society
* Science and Technology
* Mobile and Telecommunications
* Technology and Industry
* Digital TV and IP TV

There is also a plan to develop a Product Expo in telecommunications, IT, and other relevant areas. The stage for this event will be the local INICTEL-UNI, with a comprehensive International Convention Center (CECOI) and a campus for the Expo, respectively, located in San Luis, San Borja, Lima, Peru.


Gracias por responder, entonces le adelanto lo siguiente: Del 18 al 22 de mayo se realizara la V Semana Tecnologica Lo organiza miembro de ISOC.

En una muestra que los integrantes de ISOC, aportan a la masificacion de Internet y sobre todo a temas referidos a Tecnologias de Informacion y Comunicacion, el actual Secretario y past presidente del Capitulo de Peru, Jose Francisco Callo Romero, viene organizando junto al INICTEL-UNI, la V Semana Tecnologica Internacional, donde se tratara los siguientes temas:

* Internet y Sociedad de la Informacion
* Ciencia y Tecnologia
* Moviles y Telecomunicaciones
* Tecnologia e Industria
* IP TV y TV Digital

Junto a estas exposiciones se desarrollara una Expoferia de productos en telecomunicaciones, informatica y otros. El escenario de este evento sera el local de INICTEL-UNI, que cuenta con un amplio Centro de Convenciones Internacionales (CECOI) y un Campus para la Expoferia, respectivamente, ubicado en San Luis, San Borja, Lima, Peru.

The Sphere Project: A Case Study in Creative Participation
- Contributed by Anne Lord


The geodesic dome is the only manmade structure that becomes proportionally stronger as it increases in size. First designed by Buckminster Fuller just after World War I, the sphere is held together by a network of struts that intersect to form triangular elements. All parts of the dome are connected to each other, and the stress is distributed equally across the surface of the sphere.

The interdependent, connected nature of the geodesic dome helped inspire the Sphere Project, an initiative launched by the Internet Society (ISOC) in 2007 to help the organization gain a better understanding of how its international chapters relate to their respective members, to ISOC, and to each other, as well as to stimulate more lasting and meaningful relationships among the chapters, their leaders, and their members. Recognizing that, among its chapters, lay an untapped and somewhat under-utilized wealth of knowledge and experience, the organization wanted to shed light and stimulate the collective creativity, skills, and intelligence of its chapters to increase the influence of the organization as a whole.

The structure

The Sphere Project provides a framework and a set of principles that enable individuals to self-organize and to conduct work that contributes to and advances the mission of ISOC. The result thus far seems to be a better relationship between the parent organization and the chapters, an outcome that offers some good news and some opportunities for improvement.

Joining and participating in the Sphere Project is, by design, easy, and it is open to any ISOC member. It started with volunteer members, who signed up for a one-on-one interview with a project facilitator, who was an external consultant. Interviews were conducted over the phone with chapter leaders, most of whom are volunteers, as well as with members of ISOC's Board of Trustees and staff. Following completion of the interviews, a report was submitted that outlined some of the common themes that emerged from the interviews.

In the next stage, five project groups were launched in which the concerns, frustrations, and aspirations of the chapter leaders were tapped. The goal was to provide a stimulus for positive action and responsibility-in other words, own the problem and, in collaboration with others, devise a solution. Each group was composed of volunteers, out of which a leader emerged. Each group was charted with producing a high-quality proposal for a solution, which would be considered by ISOC's executive team.

Working within the project is an informal leadership group, the Sphere Integration Team (SIT), which is a group of seven participants (members of the Sphere Project). This group has responsibility to coordinate and support the work of the Sphere Project's teams and to provide a flexible interface between the project teams and the ISOC Executive Team and the Board of Trustees. The level of commitment required by members of the SIT team is high as they meet frequently (by electronic means only).

One key characteristic of the Sphere Project is that, as a structure and a path forward, it is emergent rather than linear. Other characteristics are similarly nontraditional:

* There is no prescribed formula. The project "breathes" - in other words, while working with volunteers (who are only able to give limited amounts of time), there will be natural ebbs and flows in terms of projects, progress, and productivity. Some projects will sustain the ebb and flow; others may not.
* The composition of the SIT team can change frequently. Those who cannot attend regular meetings are asked if they would like to drop off the team, in which case someone else is selected (the major criterion being a high level of activity in a project group or groups) to replace them.
* Participants are able to join project groups at any stage of evolution; conversely, they can drop off if time does not allow.
* The life of each project group is intended to be relatively short. Groups convene, work, and then close when the work is done. New groups form when there are enough interested people to work on a problem or theme.

To date, three out of the five groups have produced significant work. In one group (the sphere analysis group), a survey was distributed to gather essential information about the diversity and activities of the chapters. That information will be used to help define what is considered an "active" chapter. In another group (the sphere consult group), a draft document was produced to describe a consultation process between the chapters and the parent organization. In the third group (the sphere labels group), a draft document was produced (and a set of diagrams are in production) that illustrates and documents the relationship between the chapters and the parent organization. Two groups have failed to take off; these groups will most likely be closed and others launched in their place.

One of the strengths of the project is that everyone meets everyone else on the same playing field (peer-to-peer): ISOC's board members, senior staff members, individual members, and chapter leaders participate equally. This helps stimulate a creativity and connectedness that is unconstrained by the formal limits of the system and the associated relationships.

Eventually, the work of the project groups will be handed over to the Executive Team for review and potential implementation, but only when the creative process has ended.

The challenges

One of the key challenges of the Sphere Project is sustaining the momentum. The project is done in a virtual environment; as such, it wrestles with different time zones when setting up teleconferences and relies on volunteer participation.

According to Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, we are witnessing a revolution in our ability to connect to form groups for sharing, collaboration, and collective action. It is easier than ever. And the potential is huge. But the Sphere Project is also competing with social media groups for the most scarce of resources: a volunteer's time.

The key to sustainability lies both in attracting new participants and in consistent reporting. New participants are enticed by the potential to form new relationships and to make an active and significant contribution to a project. They bring fresh energy and insights. Regular reporting helps spread the message, thereby encouraging further participation. In reality, both could be improved.

Although designed as a virtual, "over-the-internet" project, two face-to-face Sphere Project meetings have helped attract new participants and give new energy to those already participating.

The outcomes

Some great work to date has been completed by dedicated individuals in the project groups, and the work is ongoing. However, a vital outcome of the Sphere Project is not only the tasks that have been undertaken, but, more fundamentally, the progress that has been made in relationship development and community building-the essential platform for collaborative work.

The Sphere Project has fostered the development of new relationships and the strengthening of existing relationships. In so doing, the project has helped improve goodwill toward and from the Internet Society's chapters. A shift in both the attitude of the chapters and in the parent organization is noticeable. Of course, project work is, to a certain extent, a means to an end in terms of community and relationship building-the first steps in getting to know each other in a more intimate manner with groups of people who are driven and task-focused. It is expected that after a few more rounds of projects, even greater intimacy will develop in many areas across the organization, and trust will increase further.

The Sphere Project appears to be harnessing the power of the collective with outcomes that will take ISOC forward in a more synergistic way. And, in borrowing from Buckminster Fuller, as the society grows and gets larger, just like a geodesic dome, it gets stronger.


This article is dedicated to the memory of Tim Gartside, consultant and visionary for the Sphere Project who tragically passed away in late 2008. Thanks are due to Robin Loan for her courage and passion in continuing the Sphere Project.

This article was originally published in the April 2009 issue of ASAE & The Centre's Component Relations E-Newsletter and is reprinted with their permission.

ISOC members are invited to join in the Sphere Project. Please refer to the Chapter Wiki for more details. A login is not required for most of the Sphere Project pages.

Chapter Events Funding Programme now active
- Contributed by Sabrina Wilmot

The Internet Society's new Chapter Events Funding Programme, reported earlier this year, is now live. This programme is intended to help Chapters strengthen their profile in the community by reaching out to existing members or recruiting new members through locally organised Chapter events. Full details, including the types of funding on offer and how Chapters can apply, are available here:

As always, we welcome questions, comments or feedback about the programme. Please send email to

Chapter Travel Fellowship Programme now available
- Contributed by Sabrina Wilmot

The Chapter Travel Fellowship Programme is now available. You can find details of the programme on our website:

This programme is intended to provide funding (on a competitive application basis) to Chapter leaders to participate in regional events eg INETs that support the goals and mission of the Chapter and of ISOC as a whole. Having this possibility will provide Chapters more opportunities for learning, for social networking and for raising the Chapters' profile within their region. It should be noted that funding for the programme in 2009 is limited (and hence this programme is competitive).

We are working with the Regional Bureaus in preparing sub-regional INETs. There will be at least two INETs in Africa, in Asia and in Latin America; details will be announced, when available, at:

As always, we welcome questions, comments or feedback about the programme. Please send email to

Chapter Update: Argentina
- Contributed by Monica Abalo Laforgia

* Durante el mes de Abril, ISOC-Ar ha sumado nuevos miembros. Queremos darle una calurosa bienvenida a nuestros nuevos socios.

* ISOC-Ar ha participado de la Primera Escuela del Sur de Gobernanza de Internet que se llevó a cabo en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Miembros del Capítulo han participado como docentes durante el evento. Agradecemos a los organizadores por habernos convocado.

* Los días 14 y 15 de Octubre se llevará a cabo en el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores un nuevo evento donde se discutirán temas relativos a los desafíos que presenta Internet tanto en temas relativos a la seguridad, como a conectar más usuarios de forma amplia e inclusiva, entre otros. Asimismo, se realizará la presentación oficial del libro "Experimentando IPv6".

* ISOC-Ar se ha sumado al Grupo de Trabajo de Internet Governance en e-LAC 2010.

Chapter Update: Australia
- Contributed by Holly Raiche

Australia's broadband network, the "National Broadband Network' (NBN) dominates this month's news. As part of its policy platform, the Government pledged they would contribute AU$4.7 billion for a successful tenderer to construct a 12 Mb/s fibre to the node (or possibly, premises) broadband network to 98 percent of the population, and called for tenders for the project just over a year ago. On 22 March 2009, ISOC Australia Chapter (ISOC-AU) held a forum on the proposed NBN, some of the technical issues it raised and services it could support (the presentations will be available on our website shortly). On 7 April 2009, the Government made the surprise announcement that there was no successful bidder, and that it would instead invest AU$43 billion for the construction, over 8 years, by a company it will establish, to construct an NBN that delivers 100 Mb/s to 90 percent of the population. One of our Directors has written a very informative article on the topic:

Our next forum, to be held on 18 May 2009, will be on 'Unacceptable Digital Content - What Problem? Whose Problem?'.

We are also working on our annual IPv6 Summit, to be held in Melbourne from 26-28 October 2009, and hope that many of you in the area can attend.

Chapter Update: Ecuador
- Contributed by Carlos Vera Quintana

ISOC Ecuador continúa trabajando por el buen uso de las TICS; ahora con su proyecto Seguros en la Red.

El pasado miércoles 31 de marzo del 2009, a las 15h00, CDI Ecuador celebro el día de la inclusión siendo ISOC Ecuador invitado como ponente principal con el tema: "El uso seguro y responsable del Internet".

Dicha actividad fue impartida mediante videoconferencia a las regiones sierra y costa del Ecuador.

La ponencia realizada ISOC Ecuador tuvo como referencia el exponer a directores de escuelas de informática y padres de familia sobre los riesgos y vulnerabilidades a los cuales estamos expuestos en la red y en especial dar una voz de alerta para que los tutores de menores de edad estén mucho mas atentos con el uso que dan niñ@s a la Internet.

Pero!!! No todo en el Internet es malo, por tanto además de dar a conocer los riesgos damos consejos sobre el buen uso del Internet para lograr los beneficios que este nos presenta los cuales están relacionados con actividades de estudio, comunicación, trabajo entre otras.

Algunos de los tips:

1. No facilites información personal a personas desconocidas.
2. Acepta como contactos solo a personas que sean conocidas.
3. No permitas que extraños vean tus fotos o videos personales.
4. No confíes en todo lo que ves o te dicen en la Internet.
5. En caso de acoso guarda las conversaciones y DENUNCIA.

Estamos muy complacidos con la gran receptividad que hemos tenido con el programa Seguros en la red, la comunidad se encuentra totalmente interesada en conocer más a fondo sobre el tema, por tal motivo ISOC EC. Anunció durante esta actividad el anzamiento de su portal el cual tiene como objetivo brindar información sobre el correcto uso de la Internet.

Somos consientes de que la mejor forma es prevenir creando conciencia del buen uso de las TICS por los usuarios, los delitos en la red son cada de vez mas comunes y también son cada vez más comunes los casos en los que los delincuentes logran escabullirse de las autoridades pues sus delitos los realizan con identidades falsas y de lugar diferentes lo cual dificulta localizar a estos delincuentes.

Chapter Update: Puerto Rico
- Contributed by Eduardo Diaz

Professor Luis Rodriguez Baez from Estudios Tecnicos in Puerto Rico has written a report about the Internet in Puerto Rico. The report concludes that the Government and all other sectors should see the medium as a tool for development and social mobility. Please visit the ISOC Puerto Rico Chapter website to read the entire report:

Chapter Update - San Francisco Bay Area
- Contributed by Sophia Bekele

ISOC's San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (ISOC-SF Bay Area) initially came into existence around February 2008. We conducted outreach to members and 30 showed interest and support. We then established a website and mailing list. In November 2008 efforts from Zaid Ali, Sophia Bekele, Annalisa Roger, and Franck Martin helped shape the bylaws and develop the chapter application - we received approval to establish the Chapter on 16 February 2009.

Our mission at ISOC-SF Bay Area is to enable members to exchange technical, policy, and other relevant information amongst themselves, and more specifically to:

* Provide the opportunity for outreach from the Chapter to the local community on these topics;
* Promote the core values of the Internet Society and interact with other ISOC Chapters and groups globally, as well as with relevant groups outside of ISOC;
* Develop programs related to standards, public policy, and education for the membership.

The officers elected include:
* Zaid Ali - President/Chair
* Annalisa Roger - Vice chair
* Sophia Bekele - Board Secretary
* Ken Krechmer - Treasurer/Adminstrative
* Ted Hardie - Board Member
* Franck Martin - Board member

We have identified initiatives which we feel will be of benefit to the community and members that we provide services to, and these include: Broadband technology program (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009); IPv6 technology; Trust/identity initiative; Open Standards; Cyber crime; Distance Education; new gTLDs; and a Membership drive.

We have also established our presence on Facebook and Twitter:

We anticipate local Chapter funding to be provided through corporate sponsorship and we expect to attract new membership by inviting new speakers at local Chapter events. Our most recent activities include the following:

* ISOC-SF Bay Area presence through Annalisa Roger at ICANN Mexico
* Participation with Wendy Rickard on manual for Chapter development
* ISOC-SF Bay Area presence through Sophia Bekele as a presenter on Internet Governance Policy at Golden Gate University (GGU), see presentation
* Broadband adoption initiative chapter dialogue with firstmile.US
* ISOC-LA Chapter delegate support for broadband technology program

ISOC-SF Bay Area President Zaid Ali, shared the above Chapter activities at the ISOC Board of Trustees meeting at the end of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting held in San Francisco from 22-27 March 2009. Our Chapter also held its first Chapter members' meeting/social event with honorary guest, the Chairman of ICANN, Mr. Peter Dengate-Thrush and ISOC International Executives on 23 March 2009.

Pikiwiki - Israel free image collection project
- Contributed by Nehora Dagan-Hess

PikiWiki is a joint initiative of the Israel Internet Association (ISOC-IL), Wikimedia Israel (WM-IL), and the Center for Educational Technology (CET). The objective was to create a large pool of high quality, free and licensed digital photographs, documenting events relating to the history of Israel, or depicting places of distinction around the country. The photographs are collected from the general public and a variety of local archives. Contributors are asked to release the photographs to the public domain or under a Creative Commons (CC) license so they can be reused freely by others. As a free content project, this initiative has both practical and symbolic value.


ISOC Association Management System project update
- Contributed by Lincoln McNey

To briefly recap last month's bulletin: The Internet Society kicked off its Association Membership System (AMS) project in March 2009, with nearly a dozen ISOC staff gathering in Washington DC for training on the selected Aptify AMS product. Among the benefits of this completely new system will be consolidated data sources, the building of chapter capacity, and facilitation of communication among chapters, members, and staff. We have had a very productive month on the AMS project since the last update in the newsletter.

First and foremost, the new Aptify Association Management System (AMS) software is up and running on ISOC servers. We have made successful data extracts from all our legacy ISOC systems, and have now imported them into the AMS database. Review of this data has begun, along with the process of de-duplication and general data cleansing. Moving forward, the next task is careful mapping of existing data to the new fields in Aptify, and the beginning of Aptify configuration to match ISOC data and processes.

Most chapters have by now been contacted and a designated Point of Contact (POC) requested from each. 40+ POCs have now been identified, and this will form a mailing list in part for further requested contributions for this project. For example, Chapters will now begin to be contacted for data updates and confirmation.

As before, please contact if you would like more information on this project.

ISOC responds to ICANN's call for comments on forming a GSNO CyberSafety Constituency

The Internet Society this week lodged an official response to ICANN's recent call for comments on a petition to form a a GSNO CyberSafety Constituency.

ISOC's response, developed in full consultation with the ISOC Board of Trustees, outlined the principles upon which ISOC was founded and is still driven by, and also stressed the importance of ICANN maintaining its specific, focused technical mission and mandate. In this context, ISOC's response noted that the petition calls for a constituency that would "seek to control or regulate content on the Internet". On these grounds, ISOC opposes the proposal.

The full text of ISOC's response is available here:

Call for Nominations: 2009 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award

The Internet Society (ISOC) announces a call for nominations for the 2009 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award. This annual award is presented to an individual or an organization that has made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community. This year the award will be presented during the 75th Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 26-31, 2009. The award includes a presentation crystal and a prize of USD 20,000. The Internet Society requests nominations of qualified candidates.

The deadline for nominations is 29 May 2009.

About the Award

The Jonathan B. Postel Service Award was established by the Internet Society to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community. The award is focused on sustained and substantial technical contributions, service to the community, and leadership. With respect to leadership, the committee places particular emphasis on candidates who have supported and enabled others in addition to their own specific actions.

The award is named for Dr. Jonathan B. Postel to recognize and commemorate the extraordinary stewardship exercised by Jon over the course of a thirty year career in networking. He served as the editor of the RFC series of notes from its inception in 1969 until 1998. He also served as the ARPANET "numbers Czar" and Internet Assigned Numbers Authority over the same period of time. He was a founding member of the Internet Architecture (nee Activities) Board and the first individual member of the Internet Society, where he also served as a Trustee. More information on Jon Postel's life and contributions is available here.

Award Nomination Procedure

The nominee does not need to be a member of ISOC. Nominate via email to and include the following details:

1. Name and Email address of nominee
2. CV/Bio of nominee
3. Statement of recommendation including specific acts, works, contributions, and other criteria that would show the nominee to fit the standard set by Jon Postel. It should be clear from your statement that your nominee has performed in this manner over a long period of time, not simply that the nominee has done several significant things in the area of data communications and the Internet. Please include corroborating references with their name, email address, and telephone number. Conclude with your postal address, ISOC member number, and telephone number as well as the postal address, telephone and fax number of the nominee.

For more information, see:

Thank you in advance for your support,
The Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2009 Nominating Committee

Call For Candidates For Itojun Service Award

Each year, starting in 2009, the Internet Society will present the Itojun Service Award to an individual or a group who has made outstanding contributions in service to the IPv6 community and this year the deadline for nominations is 13 July 2009. The first award will be made at the 76th meeting of the IETF to be held in November 2009 in Hiroshima, Japan.

About the Award

The Itojun Service Award was established by the friends of Itojun and administered by the Internet Society (ISOC), recognises and commemorates the extraordinary dedication exercised by Itojun over the course of IPv6 development. The award includes a presentation crystal, a US$3,000 honorarium, and a travel grant.

The award is focused on pragmatic technical contributions, especially through development or operation, with the spirit of servicing the Internet. With respect to the spirit, the selection committee seeks contributors to the Internet as a whole; open source developers are a common example of such contributors, although this is not a requirement for expected nominees. While the committee primarily considers practical contributions such as software development or network operation, higher level efforts that help those direct contributions will also be appreciated in this regard. The contribution should be substantial, but could be at an immature stage or be ongoing; this award aims to encourage the contributor to continue their efforts, rather than just recognizing well established work. Finally, contributions of a group of individuals will be accepted, as deployment work is often done by a large project, not just a single outstanding individual.

The award is named after Dr. Jun-ichiro "Itojun" Hagino, who passed away in 2007, aged just 37. Itojun worked as a Senior Researcher at Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ), was a member of the board of the Widely Integrated Distributed Environment (WIDE) project, and from 1998 to 2006 served on the groundbreaking KAME project in Japan as the "IPv6 samurai". He was also a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) from 2003 to 2005.

Award nomination procedures are available here:


Rajnesh Singh, ISOC's Regional Bureau Manager for South and Southeast Asia attended APECTEL 39 in Singapore in April and made a statement on behalf of ISOC at the plenary. ISOC recently received guest status with APECTEL, providing the opportunity to engage with a range of stakeholders from the Asia Pacific region in matters related to Information and Communications Technology policy and the role of the Internet. More information on APECTEL and the full text of the statement is available here:

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