- Alexander J. Urbelis
I am attorney, writer, and radio and television personality, who focuses on issues of information security, privacy, and Internet governance. I am a partner in the Blackstone Law Group, and I have long been a member of the hacker and information security community in New York. Additionally, I am a producer on WBAI’s weekly technology-focused radio show with Emmanuel Goldstein, Off The Hook, and am one of the organizers of the Hackers on Planet Earth Conference (HOPE) that will be happening this July in New York, and I am also a member of the UL Security Council for the 2017-2020 term.
ISOC-NY was critical to HOPE in 2016 and provided the much-used streaming services for all major talks. Should I become a director of ISOC-NY, I would devote much time and attention to involving ISOC-NY in additional outreach via WBAI and would endeavor to raise ISOC-NY’s profile and role in the upcoming HOPE conference. It goes without saying that I also believe I could provide legal analyses and guidance on issues of critical importance to ISOC-NY and ISOC generally, and would hope to be a bridge from ISOC-NY to the legal and information security community.
I hold the BCL from New College, Oxford University, a JD, magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School, and a BA, summa cum laude, in Philosophy from Stony Brook University.
I would welcome the opportunity to serve ISOC-NY, and will work hard as a member of the Board to achieve its missions.
- Reuben Loewy
I am writing to offer my services to the ISOC-NY Board. I am particularly keen to work on expanding our educational programs and outreach, through offering my teaching and internet expertise both locally and internationally.
As you know, I am a pioneer in developing, teaching, and promoting Internet Studies. My engagement in this burgeoning field is partly through Living Online Lab, the educational non-profit organization that I founded and run, and partly through my own teaching as a member of faculty at an independent high school in Princeton, NJ.
The Internet Studies curriculum I have developed for Living Online Lab, in collaboration with experienced teachers and leading academics in many different countries, is now being taught to more than 30,000 students from Senegal to South Carolina. Our work has been featured in The Atlantic, TES (formerly Times Educational Supplement), and other publications. It is also garnering substantial interest from schools around the world as a growing number of people are becoming convinced just how crucial it is to educate youth to become engaged, knowledgable, and critical digital citizens.
My international experience is significant. I am a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Phil. International Relations), and worked for many decades as a foreign correspondent. I am also trilingual, and have lived and worked in more than a dozen of countries.
I am deeply committed to furthering the Internet Society's goals, and would welcome this opportunity to serve on the ISOC-NY Board as a practical way of achieving this.
- Chris Grundemann
I founded and led the Colorado chapter for over 7 years. I worked for ISOC for 2 years. I have a deep technical understanding of most Internet technologies. I have been an active participant in many other Internet organizations, such as NANOG, ARIN, and the IETF for many years.
I think my expertise and experience will bring value to ISOC-NY as a Board member.
- Andrea Romaoli Garcia
I'm a lawyer and get internacional prominence in Humans Rights, Taxes and Fees and Member delegated by UN to represent Brazil at the IGF Annual Forum (Internet Governance Forum) in Mexico. A consultantant to Visa Immigration to Canada in eVISAimmigration Agency. Professor and seminarian at the lato sensu postgraduate course in Tax Law at IBET (Brazilian Institute of Tax Studies). Lawyer in G&G Consulting. Lawyer Associated with the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC). Co-author of the Best Practices Guide for Third Sector Organizations for the city of São Paulo edited by IBGC Counsel of the Commission Brazilian Bar Association Human Rights (OAB - SP). Associated member at the Brazilian Association of Criminal Lawyers (ABRACRIM). Lawyer and lecturer at ISOC (Internet Society Organization/ONU). Volunteer member of the International UN. Lecturer in Congress and Colleges on Human Rights and Democracy. Counsel of the journal Fundamental Rights & Democracy in UNIBRASIL UNIVERSITY (CAPES A1). Graduated in Law (UNIRP). Graduated in Business Administration from the University Veiga de Almeida – RJ. Post Graduate in Tax Law by IBET (Brazilian Institute of Tax Law), lato sensu. Post Graduate in Administrative Law from the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-SP), lato sensu (to complete). MBA Foundation for Project Management Getulio Vargas (FGV - RJ). I speak English well and Portuguese is my mother tongue.
- Greg Shatan
I have a passionate interest in Internet policy and protecting a free and open Internet. I would like to put my significant experience to work with ISOC-NY
I have been practicing IP and technology law in New York for over 31 years, most recently with Bortstein Legal Group, a boutique firm specializing in intellectual property and technology transactions and related matters. Previously, I was a partner in the IP/IT practice at several large law firms, most notably at Reed Smith and Morgan Lewis & Bockius. I started as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. I have served on the boards of several non-profit corporations. My practice consists of complex intellectual property and technology transactions for large corporate clients; related IP protection, enforcement and counseling matters, particularly relating to online brand protection; Internet and domain name law matters; privacy and data protection; and web accessibility for the disabled.
I graduated from Columbia Law School in 1986 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, where I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts. I received my BA (Sociology/Psychology; Music) from Wesleyan University in 1981, where I served as President of WESU-FM (student-run radio station) and its non-profit corporation.
I have served on the boards of several non-profits, including the Columbia Summer Winds, Inc. and the New York Folklore Society.
I have been involved with Internet governance and policy matters since 2003, when I joined the Internet Committee of INTA. In 2007, I joined the Intellectual Property Constituency of ICANN. I served as President of the IPC from February 2015 through November 2017. My experience includes working on over 100 public comments submitted to ICANN on a wide variety of ICANN and DNS policy matters. I have attended 10+ ICANN public meetings and 3 Non-Contracted Party House Intersessionals.
My involvement also includes active participation in the following:
Current Working Groups: CCWG on Enhancing ICANN Accountability; Rapporteur, Jurisdiction Subgroup of CCWG-Accountability; CCWG-Internet Governance; Review of all RPMs WG; Next-Generation RDS WG; New gTLD Subsequent Procedures WG; IGO-INGO Protections PDP WG (reconvened)
Past Working Groups, etc: Reserved Names WG; Single Letter Names Subgroup of the Reserved Names WG; Temporary Drafting Group on New gTLD Registry Agreement Issues (TDG-Legal;) IOC/RCRC Protections DT; IGO-INGO Protections PDP WG; Policy & Implementation DT; Policy & Implementation WG; CWG on IANA Transition (CSG Representative
- Michael Burstein
I'm an award-winning science-fiction writer, an editor of science curriculum for K-12, an elected library trustee and town meeting member in my town, and a freelance journalist. Although I now live near Boston, I grew up in New York City before attending Harvard College and Boston University. I'd like to continue to do good work as a member of the ISOC-NY board. I feel an open Internet is vital to the development of a just society, and I hope with my perspective on education, libraries, and futurism I can contribute to our mission.
I receive no income from any part of the telecommunications industry.
- Stuart Reid
I have been involved with building and operating community-based communications networks since the mid -1980’s when I co-lead an effort to bring cable TV services to underserved communities in the South Bronx. Our group, Urban Cable, successfully launched a private cable operation headquartered in the basement of a public housing development that brought state- of-the art addressable cable and PPV services to thousands of South Bronx residents five years before the franchised operator. Our efforts culminated in the acquisition of a citywide broadband franchise in 1993, then the largest single telecom franchise ever granted to an African-American owned and operated company.
As the technology evolved my work moved from cable to broadband, including the successful implementation of an experimental hybrid fiber/wireless community network that brought free and subsidized Internet service to over 30,000 residents in the Bronx, Harlem and Brooklyn under a New York State grant (2009-14). As Co-Chair of Digital Divide Partners and its Streaming University Project, I continue to work with local community and housing groups in a public/private partnership that brings free broadband service and resources to underserved residents in the City.
Many of the participants in the Streaming University Project are residents of the City’s public housing, a population of nearly 600,000 - larger than the City of Boston. More than half of these residents are unemployed, and the average household income is below the poverty level at $23,000. It is further estimated that nearly half of these households do not have broadband at home.
I believe that this constituent group needs a voice at the ISOC-NY table, and that my involvement at the board level could help facilitate dialogue and stimulate more inclusion in the important discussions and initiatives of the ISOC.
It is for these reasons that I seek Board Membership at the ISOC-NY. Thank you for your consideration.
- Joly MacFie
I am the current President of ISOC-NY, having taken over when David Solomonoff resigned in 2016. Previously I was Director of Media Services. Before that VP (Admin) for some years. I am the current Chapter administrator, website designer and maintainer, notice board and newsletter author, Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin manager. I liaise frequently with our fellow North American ISOC Chapters, including Washington DC, and the SF Bay Area. I am currently leading the effort to rejuvenate the ISOC Disabled and Special Needs Chapter into an ISOC SIG. I am a member of ISOC Kenya, ISOC Chennai, ISOC England, the InterPlanetary Networking Chapter, as well as the Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Internet of Things, and Internet of Food SIGs. I am the ISOC-NY lead representative in our role as an At-Large Structure advising the board of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), where we also participate in the Non Commercial Users Constituency within the Generic Names Supporting Organization.
I record and livestream our meetings, as well - on behalf of ISOC-NY - many other local meetups such as Beta NYC, Silicon Harlem, IOT-NY, Civic Hall, Legal Hackers, CITI, SIPA, CSNYC, CUNY-Tech, A11yNYC, Wikimedia, Manhattan Borough President's Office etc, as well as major conferences such as Theorizing the Web, Radical Networks, Silicon Harlem, NYMJCSC, and HOPE. This enables ISOC-NY's wide global membership to keep up online, and thus belong to the greater NYC community. I also run the global Internet Society's livestream channel. I have for over 7 years produced a fortnightly local ISOC-NY cable tv show.
I support our NYC Mesh project and its role as a model for Community Networks elsewhere. I support Reuben Loewy's efforts to bring Internet Studies curricula to young children, so they may better adapt to living in a networked world. I support Tom Lowenhaupt in his efforts to ensure that the .nyc top level domain be used to benefit the NYC community, not speculators. I support WikiMedia NYC in their effort to promote accessible knowledge. I support the New York Network Operators Group (NYNOG) in their efforts to promote fellowship among NYC infrastructure operators and ensure robustness in our networks. I support the efforts of Silicon Harlem and New America to establish new models of resilient connectivity in some of our most under-served neighborhoods. I support BetaNYC in its work to bring the benefits of Open Data and Civic Tech to the NYC Community. I support the Things Network in their effort to build an open, free and community-owned IoT data network in NYC. I am a member of the Open Infrastructure Alliance. I am an individual member of Civic Hall.
Soon, many of NYC's major telecom/cable franchises are up for renewal, ISOC-NY has a role to play in ensuring that, regardless of federal rulings, Open Internet principles are baked in to these franchises.
Trust and cyber-security are critical issues. I will continue ISOC-NY's collaboration with the Online Trust Alliance, and local cybersecurty groups such as OWASP, ISSA, ISACA, ISC, and the Global Cybersecurity Alliance, to ensure a safe online environment.
I look forward, over the next two years, working with our new ISOC-NY Executive Director Shuli Hallak, to increase the frequency and vibrancy of ISOC-NY activity, strengthen and broaden our membership, and solidify our base amongst the NYC Community, while pursuing the ISOC mission of Internet for Everyone, Everywhere.
- Tom Lowenhaupt
I experienced a déjà vu last month, with 2017 feeling like 2002.
Back then, after a several year effort to create an engaging website for my community board, I discovered that my fellow residents didn't view the new civic engagement medium as as a wondrous endeavor as I. My clue: one of the website's features (IMHO) was a discussion forum - rare or even unique on as an official government provided resource back then. There I imagined the district’s 175,000 residents delving into the issues of the day, using the Internet to move us toward a better world, or at least community district. But nobody posted a meaningful comment, nary a hello for over a year from the site's initiation, to my best recollection.
Realizing that my likes and inclinations were apparently unlike those of my fellow community board members and neighbors, I sought a more efficacious method to facilitate civic engagement. “How might I add a splash of water to enliven what most apparently found a dry world of policy and governance?” I wondered. After some exploration I delved into learning from games and adding some fun to participation in the governance process.
Reaching out, I found a fellow grad school alum who was also on a games path and joined with a few others to sponsor the Serious Games, Serious Issues conference in 2004. I felt I was off to a strong start in a budding field. But my engagement with the gamification movement proved short lived.
In August 2005, while working on a redesign of Landing Lights Park, located on Democracy Island in SecondLife, I received a call from a fellow in Berlin urging me to re-engage with the effort to acquire the .nyc TLD. Seems he wanted to pursue a .berlin initiative and learned that I'd introduced an Internet Empowerment Resolution in 2001 calling for the acquisition and development of the .nyc TLD as a public interest resource. He sweet talked me into speaking at a new TLD conference in Prague, and within a few months I heedlessly agreed to a “short term” engagement to help make city-TLDs happen. That turned into a 10 year ICANN odyssey that ended with the city acquiring the .nyc TLD.
Hoping to demonstrate the utility of .nyc (and that my 10 year effort wasn’t a total waste), last year the organization I helped found to advance the .nyc initiative started a neighborhood communication center, JacksonHeights.nyc. And now (December 2017), after a year of engagement, the déjà vu has kicked in and I'm returning to the conclusion that gamification and collaboration techniques are as needed in 2017 as in 2002.
That’s a long intro to my SOI for a ISOC-NY board position. I’ve long thought that the Internet should serve people first, then families, friends, neighbors, neighborhoods, cities, and nations. And if all these are helped they’ll create a better world. Understandably most saw the Net first as global, simply because it could be.
My interest in ISOC-NY is twofold: to engage its members in applying tech to local needs; and to see if I can influence global ISOC to flip its lens.
- Jonathan Askin
I, Jonathan Askin, of the Brooklyn Askin’s, hereby submit myself for consideration to the ISOC-NY Board.
I am a professor at Brooklyn Law School, teaching technology, telecommunications, and entrepreneurial law and policy. I am the Founder of the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (http://www.brooklaw.edu/blip), which represents Internet, new media, communications and other tech entrepreneurs, startups, innovators and organizations on business development, policy advocacy and law reform. I am also the Faculty Chair and Innovation Catalyst for the Brooklyn Law Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship. I am a founder of the Legal Hackers movement, the largest community of legal hackers in the world. I am also a founding member of the Legal Technology Laboratory, designed to bring lawyers together with technologist to advance the law and legal process.
I have served as a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, a Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, and Founder/Advisor to iLINC, a network of legal support clinics for the European startup community. Last year, I was a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab and a Fulbright Scholar with the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law. I chaired the Internet Governance Working Group for the Obama ’08 Presidential Campaign. I have served as lead counsel and on the boards of many communications and Internet ventures, industry associations, and consumer advocacy groups. I am an honors grad of both Harvard College and Rutgers Law School.
I think my background, experience, insights, and passion make me well suited to advance the mission of ISOC-NY. I hope and trust others might tend to agree.
Yours in common uncommon mission, Jonathan
- Richard Knipel
I'm the founding President of Wikimedia NYC, the nonprofit supporting Wikipedia in the New York City area, encouraging and enabling participation of a broader local community in the "free encyclopedia", and I'm still a board member there. I'm also a board member at the Wiki Education Foundation, a US-Canada nonprofit that helps university students develop articles on Wikipedia as part of class assignments, in lieu of a traditional term paper.
I have been an incumbent board member of the ISOC-NY for several years, and was also active in the Students for Free Culture movement. I helped spur the Free Culture Alliance NYC, attempting to bring together free/open advocacy groups in the city.
In my day job, I'm Wikimedia-in-Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, helping to make their collection open access.
- Sherry Antoine
I care about the future of the internet and the continually developing humanitarian connections to it.
As the manager of the New York - based Wikimedia NYC AfroCROWD program, I was recently a keynote speaker at Wiki Conference North America in Montreal and have also presented at Wikimania and other related events. My work with the program -- locally and internationally -- has the taught me a great deal about the internet's interplay with society and, most importantly, its ability to empower so many. Our work has since been featured in the New York Times and other publications.
Additionally, I am on the planning Committee for NGO CSW which participates in an advisory role with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and I am active with Black Girls Code, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing technology education for African-American girls.
I have a Master of Public Administration from The American University School of Public Affairs, have worked as a digital writer, and spent years in public outreach.
I became involved with ISOC New York Chapter three years ago. I see its great potential to become a powerful hub of impact in the world.
I would love to add my public outreach skills to the efforts of ISOC NY.
- Evan Korth
- Joe Plotkin
- Avri Doria
- Dave Burstein
I just got the request a few hours ago and will put something in soon. But I wanted to include my financial disclosure.
My disclosure: I have received no income from telcos, public groups, or organizations in recent years (and not that much before that.) The one exception is the Marconi Society, which gives an annual award in communications, for whom I did a web site and other things for low five figures. Most of my income comes from conferences (not in policy) advertising, consulting, etc., primarily companies who produce telecom equipment. Occasional journalism, never above low four figures.
- Irene Farina
- Brian Hall
- Joseph Shraibman
- Bruce Kushnick
- Joly MacFie
- Chris Grundemann
- Tom Lowenhaupt
- Joseph Shraibman