Monday, July 23, 2012

News from dotgay LLC

dotgay LLC, the only community application for the “gay” Top Level Domain (TLD) in the most recent ICANN application process, is proud to name Avri Doria as Vice President of Policy and Governance. In her new role, Doria is charged with understanding and proactively advocating for gay community (used as the umbrella term for LGBTQIA) safety and security online by monitoring, reporting and advocating for policy issues relating to user privacy. Already a respected member of the global Internet policy world, Doria will work to ensure that .gay is a safe space that also protects freedom of expression online. She will work closely with the international gay community to determine policies around hate speech and other inappropriate content as well as how community partners are authenticated as registrants on the .gay TLD.

Doria has been an Internet governance researcher and activist for over a decade. She was chair of the ICANN Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) Executive Committee, was chair of the ICANN GNSO Council, was a participant in WSIS and post WSIS civil society, was coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) and was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). She spent 5 years working for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat and does volunteer research for the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

Her insider knowledge of the often complex realm of Internet policy will give dotgay LLC an advantage in lobbying for policies that directly affect the global gay community. Doria will focus her attentions on policies judging how much information of domain registrants is made public as well as what information is accessible to international law enforcement agencies.

“We see Avri as playing a critical role in communicating and driving domain policy for .gay internally. Externally, Avri will act as a conduit to inform community leaders regarding wider Internet policies and their potential impact on the gay community, at the same time assuring the voice of the global gay community is always a consideration when Internet policy is established,” said Scott Seitz, CEO of dotgay LLC.  “Unfortunately individuals and allies around the world can be persecuted for being gay or supporting gay community members. Often good intentions for Internet ‘safety’ facilitate that abuse.  Community organizations have yet to gain a presence in these areas, nor are nonprofits likely to secure the resources to do so in the short term. dotgay LLC will fill that void and become a voice for the gay community within Internet policy circles.”

Doria is uniquely qualified for the task ahead.  As a technologist she has been involved in the development of Internet protocols and architectures for over 30 years, is a participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and past chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Routing Research Group.  When not focused on Internet governance her research involves methods of bringing the Internet into Communications Challenged Communities, using Delay/Disruption Tolerant Network (DTN) architecture/protocols.

Ms. Doria is also an educator and is currently a member of the faculty of the International Summer Schools on Internet Governance. In the past she held an Adjunct Professor appointment at LuleƄ Technology University. Ms. Doria has a BA from the University of Rhode Island, an MA from the University of Chicago in Philosophy and an MA from Rhode Island College in Counseling Psychology.

Doria said “I look forward to consulting with members of the gay community on Internet policy and on the advantages for the global gay community to be found in our application for a community .gay domain”.

To learn more about the dotgay LLC plan, or to get involved, visit Click HERE for the latest dotgay newsletter.

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