Hi everyone,

My name is Frank Michlick - I'm a member slate candidate in this year's board election.

I registered my first domain in 1995 and have been working fulltime in the domain industry since 2001. In 2007 I formed my current company, DomainCocoon, which helps domain registries, registrars and domain industry aftermarket companies to bridge the gap between technology, business and policy. I'm an active participant in the ICANN community.

You can view my full election profile here:

https://cira.ca/sites/default/files/public/FRANK%20MICHLICK-EN.pdf

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have - thank you for having me here. I will also be attending Canadians Connected (CIRA AGM) in Toronto on September 22nd.

/Frank

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A big "Thank You" to all of those CIRA members who showed their support for myself and the other candidates.

  • Frank_Michlick's picture

    Thank you Alex - it's not my first attempt, but I've taken a break for a bit :)

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Hi Frank. Thanks for setting up the forum for CIRA Members to have their say. I've done the same for CIRA Employees and am looking forward to hearing from everyone. Best of luck with the election!

  • Frank_Michlick's picture

    Good idea Lee. I'm not sure if the CIRA employees have restrictions from getting involved in the elections, but it certainly would be great to hear from them.

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    Merci :)

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Member of European Perliament Merietje Schaake, commenting on the Court of Justice of the European Union's decision today that Open WiFi operators cannot be held liable for their users' activities, has said that “On a more fundamental level we must remain vigilant that copyright enforcement does not become a Trojan horse for ending online anonymity.”

This is also my concern for the future of the Internet as a platform for free speech which is vital for the future of democracy.  CIRA can play a pivotal role in resisting the expansion of domain seizure policies. These have grown from being restricted to domains which match registered trademarks exactly, to where they are today, where domains can be seized based on the content of the site they point to, and for a much wider variety of "speech crimes".

In his Candidate's Statement Frank Michlick writes that "Censorship & Surveillance initiatives and Net Neutrality affect the industry and internet users and there's a continuous push from governments that affect internet access, i.e. bills like C-51, the order of a BC court for Google to remove certain search
engine results worldwide or the call to Quebec ISPs to censor specific websites."

I support Frank Michlick because he seems to be the candidate who most thoroughly understands the importance of Internet domain presence rights for the furtherance of free speech and the success of democracy.  Please vote for Frank Michlick.

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    Thank you for your support Robert and thank you for taking the time to read my candidate statement.

    I do believe that freedom from censorship and related surveillance are essential in order to keep the Internet a worthwhile space for expression. As a registry CIRA's role is important here.

    The CRTC's statement that the blocking of sites by ISPs in Quebec can only be done with their permission has got my hopes up that this won't happen.

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I support Frank Michlick's candidacy 100%. He knows nearly everything about domain names. He knows nearly everyone in the industry, all over the world, both in terms of domain name investors and domain name industry service providers. He has a clear set of objectives for CIRA and is aware of the biggest issue, namely the declining growth of the .ca namespace. This issue is a huge concern, as if this trend continues, CIRA will shortly be losing more registrations than it gains, in favour of other ccTLD's and gTLD's. This impacts the value of the .ca name space, and ultimatly can impact CIRA's finances and independence.

CIRA would be incredibly fortunate to have someone such as Frank to help guide it through this challenging time. I have known him for well over 10 years, and consider him a friend, but he is also the first person I ask when I have an urgent or important question about the Internet, and about domain names in particular. If you are a domain name investor or if you have an interest in the success of the .ca name space, now is the time to support a candidate that shares your concerns and will advocate for you. Being a CIRA board member is not just another position to add to a resume; it is a profoundly important role that required real industry experience and knowledge of how domain names work. I urge you to find out for yourself about Frank. He is always willing to listen and to engage. You will be impressed. 

Zak Muscovitch, Domain Name Lawyer, DNattorney.com

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    Thank you Zak for your support and the kind words. I appreciate it.

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As an experienced domain owner, and an active advocate in bridging the gap between technology, business and policy, what is your experience in understanding the global W3C/ WCAG standards? Did you know that the .ca hosting services is one of the world's leaders in propogating inaccessible websites to those who use assistive technologies to access the internet? The federal government is currently in consultation processes with Canadians to develop a Canadian with Disabilities Act, to raise the standard of living and demonstrate global leadership. What is your ideas in helping Canada to become a global leader in accessible digital communications? What is CIRA's role in supporting this effort?

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    Dave, thank you very much for your questions and comments. I also appreciate that you took the time to read the candidates' posts and to customize your questions accordingly. I have to admit, my knowledge in building accessible websites is unfortunately quite limited, but I do plan to expand on that, since I believe it is very important.

    I would venture to say that even beyond our Canadian space most registrars, hosting companies and control panels only poorly support accessibility standards if at all.

    Unfortunately the only result I found with regards to CIRA and accessibility, lead to a page that featured a PDF(!) about physical accessibility & working standards for the CIRA office. Great that this exists, but more could be done.

    Even though CIRA as a registry doesn't have direct influence over the websites or the features their registrars and resellers offer, I do think it would be very worthwhile for CIRA to:

    1. ensure their own site and related services follow accessibility standards
    2. provide resources for webmasters on how to build accessible websites
    3. assign some of their community investment program funds for an accessibility initiative (do you have a suggestion here?)

     

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      Frank, thank you for your open and honest response.

      The global trends in humans and machines are merging, and the internet of things (smart cars, smart homes, smart cities) are rapidly changing the way we perform daily activities. Scientists and engineers are pushing the innovation boundaries in creating digital systems that sense, learn, and advise. The technology revolution has reshaped the corporte enterprise, and Canadian Mental Health reports show that about 80% of long term disability claims are directly due to workplace stress. Digital communication accessibility is no longer about disability, but must be an integrated business strategy for any organization wanting to survive in an expanding global digital economy. Accessibility is a measurement of productivity; products and services that enable people to be productive and satisfied. Several large companies, that understand the human/machine integration trends, have created the Chief Accessibility Officer position (see Google search for more information), to guide business leaders in building an effective information technology infrastructure for the future. A CIRA accessibility PDF document that is not supported by any governance policies or strategic actions, is of little value and demonstrates an organizational attitude of ignorance. Actions speak louder than words.

      I am on the Ontario Accessibility Advisory Council, and PM Accessibility Advisor to consultation round table discussions on developing a Canadians with Accessibility Act. I also support the grassroots organization Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, as a speaker and workshop facilitator in promoting accessible digital communications. Governments around the world are implementing accessibility legislation standards, and organizations that understand what this means for future competitiveness are already designing inclusive governance policies. I would like to see CIRA become a recognized global leader of excellence in the internet user experience. Stats Canada reports that about 80% of blind adult Canadians are unemployed and about 25% live below the poverty line. This is largely due to inaccessible digital communication infrastructures and the high cost of internet services and ssistive technologies. I would appreciate CIRA's support in helping to reverse this trend. I like your three proposed CIRA accessibility goals, with the addition that perception with integrity goes a long way in gaining market share.

       

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I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Toronto tomorrow.

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    Frank, hope I get a chance to meet with you tomorrow!

    • Frank_Michlick's picture

      Dave, unfortunately we didn't meet, but hopefully there will be another chance at another event or online.

  • Frank_Michlick's picture

    That was supposed to say 'thank you'  and not 'that you'.