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2007 Board Election

Candidates: Desiree Miloshevic, Serbia/UK

Distinguished fellow ISOC members,

I am writing to ask for your support for a second term on the ISOC Board. It has been a great honor to serve in this capacity for the last three years, and I believe that the contributions I made during my first term - in fostering stronger relations with local ISOC chapters as well as with the Public Interest Registry and the newly formed Internet Governance Forum - have validated the confidence you invested in me as a candidate for Board membership in 2004.

Many of the challenges facing both the Internet and ISOC more specifically in 2004 have been overcome, only to be replaced by a new set of even more demanding and challenging obstacles. In the years ahead, several of the Internet's core protocols will be replaced or dramatically modified, in ways that could affect both how the Internet is used and how it is managed and coordinated. Over the same period, new and established Internet stakeholders are likely to demand even greater transparency and accountability from coordinating institutions like ISOC. I am eager to continue the work I initiated during my first term, attacking these dual challenges by advancing ISOC's role as the preeminent and neutral source of information, training, and institutional memory on matters of Internet development, governance, and technical coordination. Specifically, as a second-term Board member I will seek to advance this dual goal by:

  • Continuing broad fundraising efforts for new and ongoing ISOC and IETF activities;
  • Advocating increased commitment and support for workshops and outreach programs, especially in developing countries, to promote improved coordination, self-regulation, Internet best practices, and the ideal of an open Internet for everyone.
  • Promoting new models of intellectual property and commercial practice wherein proprietary and open source methodologies are complimentary rather than confrontational, to the greater benefit of the Internet community.
  • Passionately championing the maintenance and expansion of the system of open standards upon which the Internet's phenomenal success as a tool for commerce, education, and human social development rests.

I thank you once again for your consideration, and look forward to continuing to work with you all in the years ahead.





Desiree Zeljka Miloshevic is the Special Advisor to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Advisory Group Chair, and International Affairs and Policy Advisor at Afilias, a global leader in domain name services. In addition, she represents the Gibraltar ccTLD (.GI) at CENTR and other major European institutions. First elected to the ISOC Board in 2004, she also currently serves on the Board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (2004-2007), Creative Commons UK (2004- ), the Irish ENUM Forum Policy Advisory Board (2005- ), is a member of Advisory Council of Open Rights Group UK (2005- ). She is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and has been a judge in the Technical Innovation Section of the annual Webby Awards since 2003.

In her capacity as Special Advisor to the IGF Advisory Group Chair, Ms. Miloshevic assists with convening and organizing IGF events, in identifying and evaluating conference topics and speakers, and in leading Internet governance-related capacity building efforts, especially in the Central European region. At Afilias, she is responsible for representing the company's .INFO registry and several .ccTLD clients at diverse technical, regulatory, and governance-related fora throughout the world, including OECD, ICANN, RIPE, APNIC, AFRINIC, APRICOT, APTLD, IETF, Internet Week Japan, O'Reilly OSCON and Emerging Tech, World E-Gov forum, and others. Her previous projects include the redelegation of .ORG, while current efforts are focused on the expansion of Afilias's service portfolio to cover a wider spectrum of Internet technical and institutional offerings, including IPv6 and DNS-related technical and policy education.

One of the founding European members of the ICANN ccNSO (March 2004), Ms. Miloshevic's work in the internet field began in 1993 as one of the first hostmasters for Demon Internet, the United Kingdom's first consumer Internet access provider. She participated in the informal, peer-coordinated policy making process for the .UK domain until supervision of the UK ccTLD was assumed by Nominet in 1996. In subsequent years she has worked as an expert technical and policy consultant for new top-level domains (e.g., .MUSEUM and .PRO), and has participated in the work of many Internet councils, workshops and constituencies in the areas of DNS policy and Internet governance. She has also contributed lectures to CEENET, the South East European CyberSecurity Cooperation Forum, the Eastern European Networking Association, the Stability Pact for South East Europe, and many other regional fora.

Ms. Miloshevic brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and industry relationships to her ISOC duties. Her decade-plus of close and productive interactions with regulators, intergovernmental leaders, academics, artists, and community activists throughout the world provide her with a unique set of resources with which to engage the often complex, cross-sectoral challenges of Internet technical coordination and governance.

Born in Belgrade to Serbian and Croatian parents, Ms. Miloshevic is a graduate of the faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Belgrade, where she studied English Literature. Before beginning her Internet career, she worked as an interpreter and as a music review writer in Chicago. She has lived in London since 1991.