KEITH DAVIDSON - Election Statement (Council)

Keith DavidsonBrief Bio:

  • Became interested in Internet technology in the early 1980's
  • Owned and managed a regional ISP in rural NZ from 1995 to 2004
  • Elected to InternetNZ Council, and appointed Treasurer from 1998 to 2001
  • Elected President / Chair of InternetNZ Council from 2001 to 2005
  • Served as a director of Domainz (NZ Internet Registry Ltd) from 2002 to 2004
  • Member of .nz Oversight Committee from 2003 to 2005
  • Appointed as Executive Director of InternetNZ 2005 to 2009
  • Contracted part time, as International Director from 2009 to March 2016
  • Appointed a Fellow of InternetNZ in 2011
  • Chartered Member of NZ Institute of Directors since 2007
  • Served as a director on the APTLD Board from 2006 to 2013, including 2 years as Chair and 3 years as Vice Chair
  • Elected to the ccNSO Council in ICANN from 2010 to 2016, including 5 years as Vice-Chair
  • Elected by Organisational Members as a director of the ISOC (The Internet Society) board for a term from 2012 to 2015
  • Participated and chaired many working groups, study groups, committees etc. in the broader Internet governance arena, over the past 2 decades
  • Seconded to NZ Government delegations to various UN and ITU events (such as the ITU Plenipotentiary meetings) to assist on Internet issues
  • Been a director of many NZ companies from very small, to publicly listed companies
  • Has been elected and appointed to many local community committees and working groups such as school committees, sports club administration etc.
  • Former member of the NZ Society of Accountants from 1977 to 1995
  • Former General Manager of a regional daily newspaper, with over 25 years experience in newspaper printing and publishing

Election Statement

As my bio reflects, I have a long and deep history within InternetNZ, and representing InternetNZ's interests in the international arena. I am now mostly retired, and am keen to hand over as much knowledge and people connections as I can before full retirement, and would like to continue to "give back" to the Internet generally, and InternetNZ specifically.

My only other current Internet related role is continuing to serve on the IANA Stewardship Transition Group (ICG), the group of 30 individuals selected to develop the plan to migrate IANA services from the US Government to ICANN.

I wish to offer myself for election to Council for one final term, for the express purposes of being available to assist, advise and interconnect between InternetNZ and my broad network in the global Internet community, most particularly focussed on the IANA transition, and the post-transition application of policies on delegation, transfer and revocation of ccTLDs by ICANN.

Of course I remain interested in the broader issues confronting InternetNZ's ambition of an open and uncaptureable Internet and am looking forward to perhaps being granted this opportunity to serve Council and to connect InternetNZ folks with international peers on these wide-ranging topics.

I am delighted with the steady progress of InternetNZ Council, CEO and staff, and look forward to the opportunity to support this progress and to add value where possible, and to assist in the development of strategy and guiding principles to strengthen our future Internet. I cherish the tenet of multistakeholderism and believe the experiment in Internet Governance needs to be a success as the foundation for broader development of global public policy in areas outside the Internet.