Board of Trustees
2008 Board Election
Candidate: Alejandro Pisanty
Biography update - February 2008
(This update is provided since the candidate's biography was summarized in the 2007 election; full biography to 2007 provided below.)
In 2007 Alejandro left the Board of Directors of ICANN, at the planned end of his term in the organization, and was elected to the Board of Trustees of ISOC. During this last year he has increased the activities that bring together UNAM-CERT, banks, and authorities in Mexico to fight phishing and other forms of cybercrime, as well as with ISP's in the country in order to increase the mechanisms by which they can scan for malware and reduce its propagation; struggled to obtain significant bandwidth for the education and research networks of Mexico and Latin America; participated in the Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group and related activities (like e-LAC) to keep the Internet free of undue interference from unenlightened governments and open to advice from the technically-informed community; fostered dialog with the major Internet actors in the benefit of improved policy in the country; and taken part in the activities of ISOC's Board of Trustees despite severe travel limitations which have appeared in his day job at UNAM. In behalf of ISOC's chapters he has promoted a viable multi-lingual content effort, pressed for more intense and practical chapter-related activity of the regional liaisons. For ISOC together with his home institution he ran the Internet 2007 meeting in Mexico City, an annual event that brings together some of the key national actors of the Internet, and in collaboration with the commercial Internet association helped bring Fred Baker to the national Internet Day celebration and contact key national officials to sensitize them to the major public-policy problems of the Internet and telecommunications today. He also established links with the Interactive Advertising Bureau Mexico and several other organizations, and became a lead participant in the national discussion about the OOXML proposed standard, particularly pointing at the implications of this proposal for the Internet.
Full biography to 2007
Alejandro Pisanty is at present Director General for Academic Computing Services of the National University of Mexico (UNAM), in Mexico City. He served the community as a member of the ICANN Board of Directors (term ending in June 2007), Chair of ISOC Mexico, and a member of the Board of Directors of CUDI, the Mexican Internet 2 consortium, of which he has been Founding Chair.
Alejandro Pisanty was educated in Mexico, with B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. Degrees in Chemistry and in Physical Chemistry. He made a postdoctoral stay in the Max Planck Institute for Research on the Solid State, in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1984-1986.
His career has been involved with computing since 1972, and with networks and the Internet since the late 1980's. At UNAM he has been Technical Secretary of the Computing Advisory Council, Coordinator of Open and Distance Education, and Director General for Academic Computing Services. Since 1997 he has been a member and later Chair of ISOC Mexico. From there and from his position at UNAM he has contributed to the expansion of the Internet and the Web, and of services running on them, such as the introduction of virtual reality, digital signatures, Internet 2 projects, and online elections. ISOC Mexico and UNAM were among the participants in keeping open the 5.7-5.8 Ghz band for wireless communications. He led the formation of CUDI and continues to be a member of its Board of Directors. CUDI now groups some 170 institutions and is the platform for advanced research using networks in Mexico, a partner of UCAID, GEANT, CLARA, and other similar efforts. UNAM provides key services for all these networks. He has also been instrumental in promoting computer and network security efforts in Mexico and elsewhere, fostering the growth of UNAM-CERT, whose leader, a collaborator of Alejandro's, has recently received an award.
Alejandro Pisanty was among the founders of the Non-Commercial Domain Name Holders Constituency (now the NCUC) of ICANN and was subsequently voted a member of ICANN's Board of Directors. In the ICANN Board Alejandro has served as Vice-Chair for several years, led the Evolution and Reform Committee which transformed ICANN in 2000-2003, was the first chair of the Board Governance Committee, and co-chair of the Board-GAC Joint Working Group.
He was also selected to be a member of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), set up during the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS). In the WGIG Alejandro defended and promoted the multiple-stakeholder, problem-oriented, consensus-based model for Internet governance, successfully contributing with other community members to the continuity and diffusion of the Internet community's model in face of a strong attempt by intergovernmental organizations and government officials to shift the model closer to governmental control. He has continued these activities as a member of the Internet Governance Forum's Advisory Group.
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