Chris Disspain

Chris Disspain

ICANN Board Member, 2011-2020
Joined on January 8, 2004 – United Kingdom
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Chris Disspain has been a Board member of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) for 8 years and will complete his 9th and final year on the board in October 2020.

Disspain was Vice-Chair of the Board from October 2017 to October 2019 and has been the Chair of the Board Governance Committee and a chair or member of the Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Finance Committee as well as numerous other Board committees and working groups.

Disspain was Chair of ICANN's country code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) from its foundation in 2004 until he stood down in 2011. He was instrumental in developing the IDN ccTLD Fast Track, which enables the delegation of country codes in non-Latin scripts.

From 2000 until 2016 he was CEO of auDA, the independent governing body/manager of and the policy body governing the Australian Internet Domain Name Space.

In 2005 he set up The auDA Foundation, a charitable trust to promote and encourage educational and research activities that enhance the utility of the Internet for the benefit of the Australian community. He was the Foundation chair from 2005 to 2016.

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2020 Hindsight After 20 Years at ICANN

After two decades of involvement with ICANN, I am stepping down from the Board of Directors, where I served for nine years. I have spent considerable time of late reflecting on the past 20 years, and I have isolated some memories that help frame my time with ICANN. ... November 2000, ICANN07 in Marina del Rey, California - With only a scant idea of what ICANN is all about, I am warmly welcomed by the flag-wearing country code top-level domain (ccTLD) community, who come to ICANN to ensure that nothing happens to affect the independence of ccTLDs... more

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ICANNInternet GovernanceDomain NamesNew TLDsDNS

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