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2007 NANOG Election Ballot


General Information

2007 Steering Committee Candidates

2007 Program Committee Candidates

2007 Charter Amendments 

2007 Election Results

NANOG Charter


General Information


From: Joe Abley for the NANOG SC 

Elections for three of the six elected positions on the NANOG Steering Committee will be held in October 2007. The currently-serving SC members whose terms are expiring are Joe Abley, Chris Morrow and William B. Norton.

The NANOG Steering Committee works closely with Merit to promote, support and improve NANOG. The Steering Committee is responsible for the selection of the Program Committee and the Mailing List Committee, and is the community's instrument for ensuring that NANOG as an organization remains open, relevant and useful. If you care about NANOG as a forum, and think you would like to take a turn at volunteering your time to help make it better, please consider either volunteering yourself or nominating someone else. For more information about the role of the SC, or to find out more about what's involved in being an SC member see the NANOG charter or contact someone who is already serving and ask them directly.

How to Nominate Someone

You may nominate someone else, or yourself. There is no limit to the number of nominations that may be submitted by a single person. Individual nominees will be contacted directly to confirm that they are willing to accept the nomination, and so that they can supply a biography for the NANOG web page. 

To submit a nomination, send the nominee's full name and contact details to [email protected].

Important Dates

Tue 2007-08-14 Call for Nominations issued 
Tue 2007-09-11 Last day for SC Nominations to be received
Sun 2007-10-14 Voting for the 2007/2008 NANOG SC opens at Noon MDT 
Tue 2007-10-16 Voting for the 2007/2008 NANOG SC closes at 1 pm MDT; results announced at the close of the meeting

The candidates will be given a brief opportunity to make comments and/or accept questions from the community at the NANOG 41 Community Meeting, Sunday, October 14th, beginning at 5:30 PM, MDT. 

The proposed revisions to the NANOG charter will also be presented on the 2007 NANOG ballot. View the proposed changes. Eligible voters may also propose additional charter amendments to [email protected]by September 30, 2007. Submissions to include names and email addresses of petition signatories, which Merit may verify. Final recommendations for voting will be presented on the 2007 NANOG ballot. 

2007 Program Committee nominations will be accepted October 3 through October 11, 2007. To nominate a PC candidate, send the nominee's name and email address with a brief statement supporting the nomination to [email protected]

2007 NANOG Election Ballot: to be posted at 1:00pm MDT on Sunday, October 14, 2007. 

2007 NANOG Election and Charter results: to be posted at the conclusion of NANOG41 

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2007 NANOG Steering Committee Candidates

Terms Expiring: 

Joe Abley, Afilias

Chris Morrow, UUNET/MCI

William B. Norton, Equinix


Terms Not Expiring:

Randy Bush, IIJ

Joe Provo, ITA Software

Philip Smith, Cisco


Nominations for the 3 Open 2007 SC Positions are:

Steve Feldman, CNE After eight meetings as Program Committee chair, it's time to move on and bring new faces and ideas into the PC. 

I would like to continue working for the NANOG community, and I believe that I can be most useful by serving on the Steering Committee. 

If elected, my priorities would include: 
 - Work towards the stability and long-term sustainability of NANOG as a conference and as a community. 

 - Enhance relationships with the Program Committee, Merit, and other internal and external groups. 

 - Develop and enhance processes and procedures, and ensure that the charter and reality agree. 

Steve Feldman has been involved in computer networking since 1978. He has worked in software development and network engineering for Tymnet and MFS/Worldcom, where he was the principal architect for the MAE Internet exchanges. Since then, he has gone on to work for several startups and acted as an independent consultant, and is now a network engineer for CNET Networks. Steve received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lucy Lynch, ISOC I am delighted to be be nominated for a seat on the NANOG Steering Committee and if selected I can bring: a knowledge of both the NANOG community and the mechanics of hosting the meetings, patience and a sense of humor, and a willingness to do housekeeping chores. NANOG was my first introduction to the big I Internet world and I's be happy to serve. 

Lucy Lynch 

Lucy Lynch was recently hired as the Director of Technical Projects for the Internet Society (ISOC). Prior to moving to ISOC she worked at the University of Oregon (UO) as part of the Academic Computing and Network Applications group. During her years at the UO she worked with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), The Oregon RouteViews Project, and the UO Multicast Team. She was been an active participant in both the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and served a term as Chair of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) from 2005-2007. 

Lynch holds a Master's degree in Mass Communications from the University of Oregon and has a long history of service in non-profits ranging from Mental Health to a Hands-on Science Museum. She has been a grant writer, project manager, and a computer programmer. She also once managed the Flying Karamazov Brothers and continues to put that experience to good use in the I* community.

Jared Mauch, NTT America  
Chris Morrow, UUNET/MCI/VerizonBusiness Chris Morrow started with UUNET/MCI in the Internet Customer Security Department assisting customers with mitigation of live security incidents and Denial of Service attacks. Over the five years he has been with UUNET/MCI he has remained in the Internet Customer Security Department while expanding his responsibilities to include development tasks and backbone security threat mitigation. 

While in this position Chris has helped develop several techniques for Denial of Service Mitigation, including the method currently used by UUNET/MCI to track attack traffic across its backbone and the method which allows UUNET/MCI customers to blackhole their own IP space in the event that space is being attacked. Additionally, Chris has contributed to several features available now on Juniper and Cisco routers used to provide security services. His responsibilities now include resolving security engineering tasks for the UUNET/MCI IP Backbone as well as customer security issues. 

Chris has presented to several industry conferences the current 'best practices' for backbone security and customer security on a large backbone network. This has enabled many other large network service providers to implement similar reaction methods used to mitigate customer security issues, allowing better cooperation between network providers during global security incidents.

William B. Norton, Equinix Inc. Most NANOGers know me best for running the last 16 popular and well attended NANOG Peering BOFs, and chairing a wide variety of peering forums here and abroad, but I have been involved with NANOG for over 13 years. I was the chair of NANOG for many years, beginning in 1995. During that time I also developed the first NANOG business model as we migrated from the Regional Techs Meetings. When I left Merit in 1998 to help start Equinix, I continued in a guidance role as a member of the NANOG Program Advisory Group. 

With the new NANOG charter in 2004, I was elected by the community to serve as a member of the first NANOG Steering Committee. During this delicate transition I helped maintain balance between NANOG Operations Community interests and Merit interests. 

Along with this NANOG experience I am fortunate to have a day job that allows me to spend 90% of my time working with the operations community of carriers, ISPs, and content providers. This position provides me with insight about (and contact with) those implementing changes across the commercial Internet. I am dedicated to the Internet Operations community and, with this background, I feel I am well positioned to continue to serve the community on the NANOG Steering Committee. 

Norton holds a MBA from the Michigan Business School and a BA in Computer Science from Potsdam College. His title is Co-Founder and Chief Technical Liaison for Equinix, Inc., a leading provider of Internet Exchange and collocation services. He has authored a dozen Internet Operations industry white papers, spoken at over 150 forums, and helps with Internet Operations forums around the world.


Josh Snowhorn, Terremark - NAP of the Americas I would like to humbly serve on the NANOG Steering Committee to help bring balance to the process of creating the best meetings for the community. I have been attending NANOG since 2000 and have been an avid participant in the Peering Community associated with NANOG. In all of the years I have been going to NANOG I have seen the dynamic of what makes NANOG change and feel I can facilitate this even further. 

Josh Snowhorn is a Vice President at Terremark Worldwide responsible for all Peering related services for the company. He has been with Terremark since the inception of the NAP of the Americas (NOTA), the largest carrier neutral Data Center in the Western hemisphere, including being involved with the site selection, design and construction of the facility. He has been a member of the global Peering community for many years including being the founder of the Global Peering Forum events. He is a member of the NANOG Program Committee and an avid participant on all issues related to the global networking community. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two daughters.

Duane Wessels, The Measurement Factory My nomination to serve on the NANOG steering committe is a welcome surprise.  I think that NANOG is an invaluable forum and I always look forward to attending the meetings.  Over the years I have been lucky to work closely with the Merit staff by helping to operate the DNS/DHCP/caching servers during the meetings (I'm also handy with RJ45 crimpers and gaffer tape). 

Whereas most most NANOG members are, in fact, network operators, my perspective is more as a researcher and software developer. Through my company I do a lot of research on DNS and IP traffic in cooperation with CAIDA.  I am co-owner of The Measurement Factory, creator of the Squid caching proxy, and author of three O'Reilly books.  My educational background is in Physics and Telecommunications. 

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2007 NANOG Program Committee Candidates 

Terms Expiring:

Nick Feamster
Dan Golding
Joel Jaeggli
Ren Provo
Josh Snowhorn
Pete Templin
Todd Underwood
Vish Yelsangikar


Terms Not Expiring: 

Steve Feldman
Igor Gashinsky
Kobi Hsu
Mike Hughes
Keith Mitchell
Ted Seely
Richard Steenbergen
Bill Woodcock


Nominations for the Open 2007 PC Positions are:

Rob Cambra I would like to nominate myself for the PC (I was told I could self-nominate, 'volunteer'?). I have been attending NANOG irregularly for about 9 years now, and have been watching presentations and benefiting from the mailing list since nearly the beginning of the formation of the group. Being that I have not held a position at a service provider in almost 10 years, contribution of useful information through presenting at meetings is not something I have been able to accomplish. I have been "involved" in the community for long enough that I believe not only could I be a fair and effective reviewer of content and agenda, but would like to contribute something other than the $400 attendance fee. 

Work experience, chronological: web hosting provider (founder/network manager), global enterprise infrastructure manager, various content network buildouts (startups), operations manager for advertising network. Yes, I still have enable.

Randy Epstein Randy Epstein is a 20 year veteran of the industry. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Integration Officer of Host.net, a national Internet service and colocation provider. Mr. Epstein serves on the Board of Directors of OCCAID, an IPv6 research and development network deployed globally to assist researchers and Internet service providers in their transition to next-generation IPv6 technology and additionally has taken a keen interest in peering strategy and negotiation. Mr. Epstein splits his time between his home in Palm Beach, Florida and Vienna, Austria.
Nick Feamster Nick Feamster, an assistant professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 2005. He received his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, including the design, measurement, and analysis of network routing protocols, network security, anonymous communication systems, and adaptive streaming media protocols. His honors include award papers at the NSDI 2005 conference (fault detection in router configuration), Usenix Security 2002 (circumventing web censorship using Infranet), and Usenix Security 2001 (web cookie analysis).
Peter Harrison The Internet has become an essential column in the foundation supporting the world economy. The management of the data that flows over it has become the field in which I work and I have a genuine interest in the Web's development. This is an opportunity to both observe and shape the future of the industry by facilitating discussion and learning within the community. 

I have personal experience in technical education having written the book "Linux Quick Fix Notebook". As part of this effort I had to interact with both technical experts and the publisher's editing staff to get it produced. I feel this knowledge would be valuable to the program committee's collaborative efforts in presentation reviews and member feedback. 

I have over 20 years experience in the technology field. My most recent experiences have been in high capacity content delivery networks and multi-location large scale data center deployments. I currently work as the Network Manager for Netflix.

Joel Jaeggli Joel Jaeggli works in the Security and Mobile connectivity group within Nokia. His time is divided between the operation of the nokia.net (AS 14277) research network and supporting the strategic planning needed of Nokia's security business. 

Projects with former employer the University of Oregon included the Network Startup Resource Center, Oregon Routeviews project (still an active participant), the Beyond BGP Project, and the Oregon Videolab. 

He an active participant in several industry-related groups Including the IETF and NANOG. Joel frequently participates as an instructor or presenter and at regional and international network meetings, on services and security related topics.

Rodney Joffe Rodney Joffe is Senior Vice President, and Senior Technologist at NeuStar. His responsibilities include defining and guiding the technical direction of the company's IP Services division, and leadership with Internet and telecommunications standards bodies and organizations along with the Federal GovernmentÕs Cyberterrorism and cybercrime task forces. 

Mr. Joffe is an acknowledged and successful serial entrepreneur, having founded a number of companies including many involved in core networking and Internet technology. Amongst the more visible, he was the founder of Genuity in the early 1990's, which was the largest Internet hosting company in the world at the time it was acquired by GTE (now Verizon NYSE:VZ) in 1997, and was also the founder of UltraDNS Corporation in 1998, acquired in 2006 by NeuStar (NYSE: NSR). His latest venture is Packet Forensics, a specialized network security company. 

He also serves as an outside director on the boards of a number of other technology companies, including Scientific Monitoring, an aerospace software company, and Plasmanet, one of the largest Internet database marketing networks. In addition to his corporate roles as computer scientist with a number of patents to his name, Mr. Joffe is active in Internet governance bodies, serving currently on both the ICANN SSAC (Security and Stability Advisory Committee) and the ICANN RSTEP (Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel). He served two terms on the ICANN Nominating Committee, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Postel Center at USC/ISI. 

Mr. Joffe is also engaged in a number of Internet working groups and committees, including OARC (Operations, Analysis, and Research Center), NANOG (North American Network Operators' Group), ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers) and the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force).

Mark Kosters Mark Kosters has over twenty one years of experience as an applications developer, networking engineer, technical manager and executive. Over the last sixteen years, he was a senior engineer at Data Defense Network (DDN) NIC, chief engineer and Principal Investigator under the NSF-sponsored Internet NIC (InterNIC), and Vice President of Research at VeriSign. Recently, Mark has taken a job as the CTO of ARIN. Over his career, he has been involved in application design and implementation of client/server tools, router administration, UNIX system administration, database administration, and network security. He has represented both network information centers in various technical forums such as the IETF, RIPE, APNIC, and NANOG. 

Additionally, Mark has been involved in Internet standards development, having co-authored RFCs on RWhois (RFC 1714 and 2167), Internet Registry IP Allocation Guidelines (RFC 2050), Root Name Server Operational Requirements (RFC 2870) and DNS Security (DNSSEC) Opt-In (RFC 4956). Mark also is currently serving a member of ICANN's Security and Stability Committee and ICANN's Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel. Over the past, Mark has participated in ICANN's Root Server System Security Committee and ARIN's Advisory Council. 

I'm interested in serving on the NANOG Program Committee. I've had a lot of experience in operational issues that concern the committee - especially in DNS, routing, address allocation issues. I've been a frequent speaker at NANOG conferences, I've had a lot of interaction with the committee members and know a bit about their work (at least from the outside looking in). Consequently, I'd like to volunteer my time to make the NANOG speaker slate interesting and pertinent to the operational community.

Sylvie LaPerrière Sylvie LaPerrière, Director of Peering and Commercial Operations at VSNL International, leads the expansion of its Internet backbone network into new markets. Sylvie has 15 years of product management experience for data and mobile telecommunications services. She joined the company in 1993 and launched Teleglobe’s first Internet service in 1995.

I would contribute my global perspective of the Internet and bring to the forefront the 'O' in nanog meetings.

David Meyer David Meyer is currently a Director in the Advanced Research and Technologies Group at Cisco Systems, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. He has recently been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF (www.ietf.org), where he also co-chairs the SPEERMINT working group. Until recently, he was also chair of the MBONED, MSDP, and DNSOP working groups. He is also a member of several IETF directorates and IRTF research groups. He is also active in the operator community, and was a long standing member of the NANOG (www.nanog.org) program committee. He is also active in other standards organizations such as ANSI T1X1. 

Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint. He is also Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon. Prior to working at Sprint, he worked at Cisco, where he was involved in software development, working both on multicast and BGP.

R. Kevin Oberman R. Kevin Oberman is a Senior Engineer for Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) at Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
  • 1995 to present: Senior Engineer, ESnet 
  • 1985 to 1995: Network Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Engineering Department 
  • 1980 to 1985: System Analyst, Engineering Research Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
  • 1977 to 1980: Systems Programmer, Engineering Research Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
  • 2004 to present: Member of the Program Committee for Joint Techs, ESnet/Internet2 
Rob Cambra Lane Patterson Lane Patterson is Chief Technologist for Equinix, Inc, involved in scaling 10GbE switch fabrics, DWDM rings, and R&D topics such as 100GigE, IPv6 and Multicast peering and BGP scalability. He is a regular at Nanog, IETF, Euro-IX, IEEE-HSSG and other global Internet forums. Prior to Equinix, Mr. Patterson was Director of IP Network Management Systems (IP-NMS) for GlobalCrossing Inc, where he contributed to rapidly scaling a global IP network and a large-scale MPLS deployment. During 1995-1996, Mr. Patterson managed operations at MAE-East, during a time when connected ISPs grew from less than 20 to over 130, where he learned to hate the term head-of-line blocking and love new switch fabric architectures. Prior to getting his hands on real networks, he was relegated at Booz-Allen to developing network congestion modeling code subjecting the PSTN to imaginary impacts for government clients. He graduated with a BA in Physics from Cornell University, and MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Matt Peterson Matt Peterson is the Site-Ops Manager for Meta Interfaces, where he is responsible for all network & systems infrastructure. He has been with with Meta for 2 years and has crafted a high availability video streaming service that continues to win high praise. Matt has held career advancing roles from NOC specialist, systems administrator to systems architect. The first non-profit Internet Exchange within San Francisco was co-founded by Matt in mid 2006. Mr. Peterson's work has been presented at numerous industry conferences, such as APRICOT, SANOG, BSDCon, Defcon, CCC Camp, and 802 Planet. While he may be one of the youngest PC candidates, he too remembers when the web was a grey background and how leet flat-rate Centrex ISDN was. He lives and works within the San Francisco Bay Area. 

I'm interested in serving on the NANOG Program Committee for a number of reasons. First off, I'd like to see more "content provider" participation from the community. We have a number of active video, social network and other content focused attendees who should be strongly encouraged to present topics. I plan to prod both these members and bring others in from outside of the normal attendee realm, ie: load balancer manufacturers, colo facility manager, etc. Additionally, we have a growing membership of young late "twentysomethings" that are doing unique networking solutions; these too need encouragement to participate outside of IRC. Finally, as someone who works within the online video streaming space, I've been helping guide Merit into modernizing the web stream. I'd like to continue this partnership to yield even better video quality and selection of codecs.

Ren Provo Ren Provo is the Peering Relations lead at AT&T, where she is a contributor to a variety of IP network infrastructure related activities. These include peering negotiation, capacity planning, NOC quality control and general network policy interests. Ren also strives to interconnect the people behind the networks via http://nanog.multiply.com. While pursuit of a degree in Electrical Engineering sounded interesting at the start, she received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Josh Snowhorn Josh Snowhorn is a Vice President at Terremark Worldwide responsible for all Peering related services for the company. He has been with Terremark since the inception of the NAP of the Americas (NOTA), the largest carrier neutral Data Center in the Western hemisphere, including being involved with the site selection, design and construction of the facility. He has been a member of the global Peering community for many years including being the founder of the Global Peering Forum events (www.peeringforum.com). He is a member of the NANOG Program Committee and an avid participant on all issues related to the global networking community. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two daughters.
Pete Templin Pete is the Manager of Packet Networks at Texlink Communications, a wholesale provider of voice and data services in Texas. He manages the IP/MPLS network and associated products, and slings cards on a regular basis. 

I hope to represent the smaller ISPs within the PC, campaigning for subject material that will help these businesses get their start and keep their foothold. I was quite new to NANOG before my selection in 2005, and come from a smaller network (in the grand scheme of things).

Todd Underwood Todd Underwood is in charge of operations, security, and peering for Renesys, a provider of Internet Intelligence services. Before that he was CTO of Oso Grande, a small New Mexico ISP. He has a background in systems engineering and security and networking for clustered supercomputers. Todd has presented work related to Internet routing dynamics and relationships at NANOG and various peering forums (LINX, Switch and Data, NAP of the Americas). Todd received a B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia College, Columbia University, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico.

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2007 Charter Amendments For Consideration at NANOG 41


The following are proposed amendments as of October 12, 2007 


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1. Preamble 

The North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) exists to promote dialog between people concerning the creation, maintenance and operation of Internet Protocol networks. NANOG is not itself a network operator—rather, it is a facilitator of discussion, learning, and technical communication between networking professionals. NANOG provides a forum where people from the network research community, the network operator community and the network vendor community can come together to identify and solve the problems that arise in operating and growing the Internet. 

2. Name 

The name of the activity is the North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG). 

3. Mission 

The purpose of NANOG is to provide forums in the North American region for education and the sharing of knowledge for the Internet operations community. 

NANOG is a small venue in which technical matters pertaining to network operations and network technology deployment in Internet providers may be discussed among experts. Such discussions have in the past focused on, but are certainly not limited to, experiences with new protocols and backbone technologies, implications of routing policies on the Internet as a whole, measurement techniques and measurements of Internet health and performance, areas in which inter-provider cooperation can be mutually beneficial (such as NOC coordination or security incident response), and maintaining a competitive and level business environment. 

NANOG serves as a bridge between the technical staff of leading Internet providers close to network operations, technical communities such as standards bodies, and the academic community. NANOG has consistently worked to maintain a high level of technical content in meetings and all related activities. In striving to achieve these goals, all tutorials and presentations, including BOF presentations, are reviewed in advance and are limited to those entirely of a general technical nature, explicitly prohibiting material that relates to any specific product or service offerings. For similar reasons, equipment exhibits are limited to specified special events at each meeting. 

4. Relationship to Merit Network, Inc. 

Merit Network, Inc. (hereafter referred to as Merit) is a non-profit corporation governed by Michigan's public universities. NANOG is an activity hosted at Merit, with Merit providing full-time staff, logistical coordination, registration services, and financial management. Merit is also the host of the NANOG mailing list. Merit also supports the goals and mission of NANOG through its support of and relationship with the Chairs of the NANOG Steering Committee and Program Committee. From time to time, additional Merit staff members may serve ex officio on the Steering Committee, the Program Committee, or the mailing list administration panel Mailing List Committee (see Section 7.1.2). 

5. Elections and Eligibility for Voting 

Anyone who has registered for a NANOG meeting in the previous two years (as of the opening date of voting) may vote in any matter which comes before the community for a vote. A list of eligible voters will be posted on the NANOG web before each election. 

6. Steering Committee 

The Steering Committee will be elected by an open nomination and election process from among those individuals eligible to vote in that election. The Steering Committee will consist of six elected members who serve staggered, two-year terms, and one member appointed by Merit. No individual will serve more than two consecutive terms as a member of the Steering Committee. An individual may serve for two terms, take a single year off, and repeat the process. Each Steering Committee member will submit a biography to be posted on the NANOG web. 

6.1 Chairperson 

One member of the Steering Committee will be selected by a vote of the Steering Committee to serve as the Chairperson for a one-year term. The Chairperson will be selected at the first post-election meeting of the Steering Committee, and an announcement will be made to the NANOG mailing list(s) within 72 hours after selection. 

6.2 Responsibilities 

The Steering Committee will be responsible for the following items: 

6.2.1 Program Committee Membership and Selection 

Each member will serve a two-year term, with eight terms ending each year. No Program Committee member will serve more than two consecutive full terms, although additional terms may be served after a one-year interval. One member of the Steering Committee will serve ex officio (without a vote) on the Program Committee, in order to facilitate communication among the two groups. 

Immediately after each annual election, the Steering Committee will appoint new or returning Program Committee members to fill each position with an expiring term, and all other vacant positions. The Steering Committee may at any time appoint a new member to serve the remaining term of a vacant position. 

To be eligible to be appointed as a member of the Program Committee, an individual must have attended one NANOG meeting within the prior calendar year (12 months). 

A Program Committee member may be removed before the expiration of his or her term if at least five members of the Steering Committee vote for the removal. 

6.2.2 Mailing List Administrator Selection Mailing List Committee Selection 

The Steering Committee will select the administrators of the NANOG mailing list Mailing List Committee (discussed further in Section 7.1.2). 

6.2.3 Budget Advisory Role 

The Steering Committee will review and provide advice on the portion of the Merit budget that is pertinent to NANOG. Merit will provide an update on NANOG finances and operations at each NANOG meeting. 

6.2.5 Liaison with Other Organizations 

The Steering Committee will facilitate communications between the NANOG community and other organizations with similar goals including ARIN, RIPE, APNIC, APRICOT, AfNOG, NORDNOG, and SANOG. 

6.2.6 Meeting Attendance 

Steering Committee members must commit to attend two out of every three NANOG meetings. 

6.3 Meetings and Quorum 

The Steering Committee will meet in person at every NANOG meeting, and may meet via conference calls on a more regular basis. All meetings must be announced by the Chairperson at least 30 days in advance. 

No action may be taken by the committee unless at least four members of the committee are present. Those items on which the Steering Committee votes will be decided by absolute majority. No procedural change may be enacted without agreement of five members of the Steering Committee. 

6.4 Elections 

Elections will occur annually, at the last NANOG meeting in a given calendar year. Elections will be held via electronic voting on the NANOG web site that NANOG meeting, with voting to occur over a period of no less than 48 hours. The new steering committee members will be announced at the conclusion of voting by the Merit representative to the steering committee or their designee. 

6.4.1 Nominations and Biographical Information 

Nominations will be accepted via email to [email protected] for a period of 4 weeks, beginning 2 months before the last NANOG meeting in a given calendar year. Candidates will then be listed on the NANOG web site, with biographies submitted by the candidates, from the end of the nomination period through the conclusion of the election. Members of the NANOG community will be able to post endorsements of candidates to the NANOG web site, to appear alongside candidate biographies. Candidates will have the opportunity to make a short presentation during the regularly scheduled community meeting at the NANOG conference during which elections will occur. 

Elections will occur annually, at the last NANOG meeting in a given calendar year. Elections will be held via electronic voting on the NANOG web site that NANOG meeting, with voting to occur over a period of no less than 48 hours. The new steering committee members will be announced at the conclusion of voting by the Merit representative to the steering committee or their designee. 

6.4.2 Affiliation of Candidates 

Each candidate must declare any and all affiliation(s) relevant to NANOG, which will include his or her main employer, as well as any other major relationships (for instance, if a candidate's primary employer is a nonprofit entity which is sponsored by a vendor, the candidate would declare both the nonprofit and the vendor as affiliations). 

6.4.3 Voting Process for Steering Committee Selection 

Each year, three seats will be open due to the expiration of terms, while others may be open due to resignations or other departures of Committee members. Voters will be permitted to cast one vote per open Committee seat. The top three vote-getters will be elected to the open two year terms, while fourth and subsequent vote-getters will fill any other open seats for the remaining portion of those seats' terms. 

6.4.4 Dual Program Committee/Steering Committee Membership Prohibited 

Elected members of the Steering Committee are not eligible for appointment to the Program Committee. Program Committee members who are elected to the Steering Committee shall automatically resign their Program Committee membership upon taking office. 

6.5 Merit Representation 

One member of the Steering Committee will be appointed by Merit to serve as its liaison. The representative of Merit will not have a fixed term, but instead serves at the pleasure of Merit. 

6.6 Vacancies 

If a Steering Committee member resigns or a Steering Committee seat otherwise becomes vacant more than two months before the next election, the remaining members of the Steering Committee will appoint a replacement to serve until the next election, at which point if there is any additional time remaining in the term a member will be elected to fill the vacancy. If a vacancy occurs less than two months before an election, the seat will remain vacant until the election. 

For every two vacancies on the committee, the quorum requirement will be reduced by one. 

6.7 Removal of Steering Committee Members 

An elected Steering Committee member who misses three or more meetings in a row and who does not attend any Steering Committee meetings for three months may be removed. A Steering Committee member who meets these conditions may be removed if at least four of the elected members of the Steering Committee vote to remove the person. If multiple Steering Committee members qualify for removal, the removal may take place if supported by all but one of the Steering Committee members not meeting these removal criteria. 

The Merit representative on the Steering Committee may be removed at any time by Merit, and is not subject to removal by the elected Steering Committee members. 

7. Mailing List 

One of the primary functions of NANOG is the maintenance of a mailing list (the NANOG list). 

7.1 Eligibility 

The NANOG list will be open to anyone to subscribe, with an Acceptable Use Policy determined by the Steering Committee. 

7.1.1 AUP 

The NANOG List Acceptable Use Policy will be publicly available on the NANOG web site. Any changes to the Acceptable Use Policy must be approved by the Steering Committee. 

7.1.2 Mailing List Administration 

The NANOG lists will be administered and minimally moderated by the Mailing List Committee, all but one of whom is selected by the Steering Committee. Merit appoints the member of the Mailing List Committee not appointed by the Steering Committee. There will be no fewer than four members on the list administration committee, and they may not serve as members of either the Program Committee or the Steering Committee during their time as members of the Mailing List Committee. 

Appointment of an Mailing List Committee member is for a two year term, with a member serving a maximum of two terms without taking time off. Half of the Mailing List Committee comes up for re-appointment at the start of each fall meeting. When there are an odd number of appointees, the larger 'half' will be appointed in the even numbered year. 

The chairperson of the Mailing List Committee will serve ex-officio (without a vote) on the Steering Committee, in order to facilitate communication among the two groups. 

7.1.3 Other Mailing Lists 

The NANOG organization may also run other Internet-operations-focused mailing lists and/or bulletin boards, at the discretion of the Steering Committee and Merit. 

8. Conferences 

One of the primary functions of NANOG is the administration of multiple conferences per year. 

8.1 Location 

The location of each conference will be determined by Merit, in consultation with the Steering Committee and meeting host. All meetings will be held in North America. Conferences will be held at locations that can accommodate both the number of attendees and the connectivity requirements of the attendees. 

8.2 Number 

There are currently three conferences per year. This number can be changed at the discretion of Merit and the Steering Committee after a presentation to the membership at a conference. 

8.3 Program 

The conference program will be determined by the Program Committee (see section 6.2.1, Program Committee Membership and Selection.) 

8.3.1 Program Committee Chairperson 

The Program Committee will elect a new Chairperson after each annual selection cycle. The Chairperson will serve for one year and will moderate NANOG meetings. 

8.3.2 Program Committee Responsibilities 

The Program Committee is responsible for motivating/soliciting people to submit interesting talks, selecting the submissions which seem most appropriate (with some attention to presentation skills), and following up with speakers after acceptances to ensure that presentations are completed in time, with ample warning of potential problems with the presentation. 

The Chair of the Program Committee will serve ex officio (without a vote) on the Steering Committee, in order to facilitate communication among the two groups. 

Each member of the Program Committee must review all presentations submitted for each meeting. The Chair may excuse a member from one meeting's review cycle due to extenuating circumstances, but if a member misses two meetings in a row, he or she may be removed from the committee. 

8.4 Meeting Host 

In consultation with the Steering Committee, Merit will name a host organization for each conference and where possible use different hosts and vary their industry sector. 

NANOG meetings are hosted by local sponsoring organizations known as "local hosts." NANOG hosts receive Internet-wide recognition for their contribution to the ISP community. The host's name will be prominently displayed on all printed and online material about the NANOG meeting, and will be widely circulated on the member NANOG email list. 

Staff from the hosting organization who are actively involved in setting up meeting facilities or on-site equipment are invited to attend the conference at no cost. 

8.5 Community Meetings 

As determined by the Steering Committee, NANOG meetings will include a community meeting for open discussion of the continuing evolution of NANOG. 

9. Amendments 

Amendments to this charter may be recommended by a majority vote of eligible voters during an annual election. An amendment may be put on the ballot by the Steering Committee, or by a petition signed by at least 30 eligible voters, or 1% of eligible voters, whichever is greater 

Proposed Amendments as of 10-12-2007 

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2007 Election Results

Winning Candidates

Over 1,700 people were eligible to vote, with eligibility based on having attended at least one NANOG meeting in the past two years, i.e., between fall 2005 and fall 2007. 

Chris Morrow, UUNET/MCI/Verizon Business
Jared Mauch, NTT America
Steve Feldman. CNET

Of those who were eligible to vote, 183 actually voted. Voters could choose up to three (3) candidates and three (3) charter amendments. 

The voting mechanism was designed to ensure that each registered voter cast only one ballot. To respect privacy and protect confidentiality, the identity of the voter and the choices made on the ballot were decoupled so there is no way to know who voted for whom. 

Charter Amendments - All Charter Amendments passed

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted! 

A special thank you to all the SC Candidates that put their name in the pool to run for a position. 


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