OMAC Co-Chair Elections 2020

OMAC Co-Chair Elections 2020

Please meet the new Organization Member Advisory Council (OMAC) Co-Chairs!
Voting took place between July 9 and July 20. 5 individuals ran for the OMAC Co-Chair positions:

  • Caleb Chen, Private Internet Access
  • Chris Wilson, Amazon
  • Harald Summa, DE-CIX
  • Xiaoou Liu, Fuxi Institute
  • Chris Hemmerlein, Facebook
The leading three candidates will serve a 24-month term as OMAC Co-Chairs.

The Role of Individual OMAC Co-Chairs

  • Serve as the chair / facilitator at meetings of the OMAC (virtual and physical)
  • Act on behalf of the OMAC, in accordance with OMAC direction
  • Reports work products of, and delivers on behalf of, the Internet Society Board of Trustees and President as appropriate.
The OMAC serves as an advisory body to Internet Society President and Board of Trustees on matters affecting the general welfare and effectiveness of the global Internet and its users. Its core responsibility is to represents the Organization Members of the Internet Society within the context of its overall vision.

Meet the Co-Chairs

Christopher Hemmerlein

Public Policy Manager,
Facebook
(United States)

Harald A. Summa

CEO,
DE-CIX
(Germany)

Chris Wilson

Senior Manager, Public Policy,
Amazon
(United States)

Statements of Interest

Christopher Hemmerlein

I am interested in being co-chair of the OMAC in part to repay ISOC for all that it has given me. I entered world of Internet governance over a decade ago, without a clue about what made this community so special and valuable. What I learned quickly, however, was that ISOC was an organization that could always be counted upon for apolitical technical and policy expertise and the ability to bring different parties together for the sake of a better Internet. As my career has developed and I gained more experience, I continued to look to ISOC for guidance and perspective. To this role, and to my fellow Organization Members, I bring a perspective on Internet governance and policymaking from time spent as a government representative and an employee of one of the largest Internet-based companies in the world. I have a successful record in the full range of “alphabet soup” international organizations in which I have advocated for the values that ISOC embodies. On a practical level I am open-minded, I solicit and value differences in opinions, and I work hard to drive consensus. Thank you for considering me for this opportunity.

What do you feel are the most important goals/priorities for ISOC?

Simply put, ISOC’s top priorities must be to grow the Internet, and defend the Internet. ISOC must grow the Internet by advancing the availability and affordability of Internet connectivity worldwide. Nearly 4 billion people remain unconnected to the Internet, particularly in developing and least developed countries, rural communities, and historically marginalized populations. Although more scintillating issues come and go, achieving universal connectivity remains the most important Internet goal of our time. The solutions to overcoming the remaining barriers to connectivity are not just “more” of what brought the first half of the world online, but instead new approaches to connectivity policy, technology, and business models. ISOC has a vital role to play in developing these approaches and can build upon its existing connectivity initiatives and leverage the resources of its Organization Members in order to put the promise of the Internet into more hands worldwide. Along with those efforts, ISOC must prioritize its role in defending the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society. This vision of the Internet is under siege, as competing political and economic interests, coupled with incompatible approaches to regulation and standardization, threaten to fracture the global Internet. As the rare organization with broad credibility from a policy and technological perspective, ISOC must use its position to educate decision-makers around the world about the value of a global internet and the perils of a fractured system. ISOC staff must activate its chapters and empower its Organization Members to join it in this cause.

What could you do to help?

I would like to make OMAC a more active and engaged constituency in ISOC. Presently, the various chapters around the world have the most energy and voice within the organization. While these chapters are extremely valuable, the Organization Members need to make their voice heard as well, for they have as much to gain from ISOC’s activities, and as much to lose from the technical, political, and regulatory challenges that ISOC seeks to counter. I would like to create a stronger feedback loop between ISOC staff and the OMAC by engaging closely with fellow members of the OMAC and making sure that their concerns and priorities are heard and considered by ISOC staff. Concurrently, I would seek to amplify the advocacy work that ISOC does by using resources and reach of its Organization Members. 

Harald A. Summa

As CEO of a leading global Internet infrastructure company I´m very well connected with stack holders in Europe, Middle-East, USA, India and Asean.

What do you feel are the most important goals/priorities for ISOC?

The Internet is technology for the good of mankind. It has to be available and useable for everyone anywhere. It has to be open and flexible for all kind of applications. ISOC should be the promoter of this storyline globally and support its achievement by focusing on topics that hinder the development most as a topic or in a region.

What could you do to help?

I´m with the Internet since it became commercially available and ever since then I have founded, organized and pushed Internet communities in Germany and in Europe for a positive delopment. I shaped the development of the Internet, promoted new technologies, infrastructures and markets, shaped framework conditions and represented the interests of its actors vis-à-vis politics and in international bodies. 

Chris Wilson

Biography

As a long-time participant in the ISOC community, including ISOC-DC, I have long respected ISOC’s work and mission. I also have experience working with a variety of stakeholders on Internet policy and believe I have a reputation of seeking to achieve mutually beneficial goals for all. I welcome the chance to work with the OMAC to further ISOC’s goals and leverage my experience and professional network, including spreading the “word” about ISOC and getting additional engagement from industry. 

What do you feel are the most important goals/priorities for ISOC?

Without a doubt, ISOC’s most important priorities are connecting the unconnected and making sure those connections are safe, secure, and reliable for end users. It is perhaps cliché now, but COVID-19 has shown how vitally important Internet connectivity is to one’s well-being and life. Now is the time for ISOC to double-down on its work in this regard.

What could you do to help?

As one who has worked for different interests within the business community most of my career, I bring a unique perspective about how industry sees Internet development and the relationship between end users and consumers. This perspective, I hope, would provide a healthy complement to the diverse set of perspectives encapsulated in the ISOC community.