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  • Markle Foundation Names Peter Kerr Chief Communications Officer | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos About Markle Page Sections About Markle A Message from Zoë Baird Our Principles Our Impact Board of Directors Senior Team Our History Quick Links Conference Space Events Markle in the News Media Releases Past Initiatives President s Letters Rework America Page Sections About Rework America A Message from Rework America Opportunity for All Our Impact Initiative Members Expert Advisors Quick Links Rework America Connected Our Book America s Moment Initiative Overview Latest News Letters to Members Member Commentary Personal Stories Rework America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Markle Foundation Names Peter Kerr Chief Communications Officer Publication Date October 29 2001 NEW YORK NY Peter Kerr a former New York Times correspondent and veteran communications executive has been named Chief Communications Officer of the Markle Foundation Zoë Baird the Foundation s president announced today In this role Mr Kerr will be in charge of the development and management of the foundation s public affairs and public education operation as well as all communications strategies media relations and key programs and projects Peter s unique range of experience will be invaluable to Markle as we continue our work to shape and promote the development of communications industries that address public needs said Ms Baird He brings with him extensive experience in building communications strategies and has a reporter s keen sense of what makes news The Markle Foundation is dedicated to helping improve the lives of people worldwide through new opportunities created by emerging technologies said Peter Kerr I am excited to help them with such a vision Before coming to Markle Mr Kerr was Vice President of Communications of Phoenix House where he helped raise the profile of the substance abuse treatment organization which operates 82 programs in eight states and has total of 100 million in revenues He played a lead role in increasing the organization s visibility in Congress resulting in the introduction of legislation favorable to the organization while at the same time raising its national profile Prior to that Mr Kerr served as Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield of New York In this role he helped restore an historic New York brand to financial health From 1993 95 Mr Kerr was Senior Vice President at Bozell Sawyer Miller a top public relations and crisis communications firms serving Fortune 100 companies worldwide Mr Kerr worked for fourteen years as a reporter supervisor and bureau chief with the New York Times As a reporter he covered the rise of crack cocaine in the

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  • International Study Calls for Democratic Elections, Public Participation in Internet Domain Names Management Group | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    membership system that will allow Internet users to participate in policy making and elect some of the body s board of directors according to a new study by an international team of experts The study written by a global team of experts known as the NGO and Academic ICANN Study NAIS comes as the domain names management body the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ICANN prepares to consider its future course at a meeting in Montevideo Uruguay September 6 10 ICANN was created in 1998 and is governed by a nineteen member Board of Directors In October 2000 ICANN ran a one time online election to select five At Large Directors but since then the body has cast doubt on its commitment to continuing public participation in its Board The NAIS report lists steps that should be taken by ICANN to incorporate the public voice into its internal governance NAIS recommends that the public interest can best be served through the creation of an inclusive public membership for ICANN resting on two overarching principles The public should be given a structure for participation in ICANN decision making process and the public membership should be the power to elect some of the members of the ICANN Board Entitled ICANN Legitimacy and the Public Voice Making Global Participation and Representation Work the report calls on ICANN to commit itself to including the public in three major areas ICANN should maintain a broad open At Large Membership accessible to any Internet user with an interest in ICANN s activities The At Large Membership must be provided with strong participatory mechanisms to enable Members to have a persistent and continuing role in the dialogue and debate that are part of the ICANN policy process The Membership must also be strongly represented at the Board level through the direct election of a number of At Large Directors equal to the aggregate number of Directors selected by the Supporting Organizations The combination of these three elements will substantially legitimize ICANN s operations said Stefaan Verhulst the NAIS team s Research Coordinator An open membership established participatory structures and strong representation will create an environment in which the users affected by ICANN s activities are empowered to influence them The study group urges ICANN to quickly resolve the issue of public participation Unless ICANN welcomes public participation through an open participatory representative membership the Internet community is likely to question its policy decisions said Alan Davidson of the Center for Democracy Technology and member of the NAIS team The terms of office for ICANN s five publicly elected Directors expire in November 2002 ICANN should make it a high priority to develop and implement a system for their replacement by then ICANN s decisions have worldwide implications for hundreds of millions of Internet users added Don Simon General Counsel to Common Cause and a NAIS member The need for that authority to rest on a strong foundation of legitimacy is clear and can only be

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  • Information Technologies Can Create Social and Economic Progress in Developing Countries, Says Report | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    entrepreneurship sound government policies and the development of local content and applications The report encourages the G 8 leaders to continue their commitment last year to harness the unique potential of ICT to meet developing countries needs tapping the power of collaboration between the public and private sectors Developing countries do not face an either or choice between ICT and other development priorities like health and education it says citing examples where the two go hand in hand Creating a Development Dynamic examines the experiences of countries from Tanzania to Estonia and India to Costa Rica It sets out a strategic framework that developing countries can use to create a cycle of sustainable development However it stresses that such strategies will be effective only if they involve the full range of stakeholders in international development governments both industrialised and developing the business and non profit sectors multilateral agencies and community organisations on the ground Strategically deployed ICT can trigger a development dynamic that gains momentum as targeted steps are taken in key areas like technology training policy reform and enterprise building For example in the decade since regaining its independence Estonia has pursued a concerted strategy to produce a modern telecommunications network low connectivity costs high rates of computer literacy and a highly educated and skilled workforce Similarly South Africa s IT Strategy Project is harnessing the power of ICT to create new economic opportunities while meeting its commitment to social equity political empowerment and improved government services The experiences of Estonia South Africa Brazil and other developing countries presented in this report demonstrate the critical role that ICT can play in achieving development goals said Mark Malloch Brown UNDP Administrator These experiences also provide the guidance and tools governments and other stakeholders need to work in tandem and harness the new opportunities presented by the ICT revolution Zoë Baird President of the Markle Foundation commented The lesson of this report is clear information and communication technologies have enormous potential to meet development challenges if government business and the non profit sectors work together in strategic partnership The sharing of knowledge and risk is critical if major gains are to be made This is not about technology for technology s sake said Vernon Ellis International Chairman of Accenture We need to encourage local entrepreneurs to use information technology to generate the wealth that can fund a whole range of social needs Neither is there a trade off between ICT and development Used in the right way such technology can enable networks of local learning increase access to government services and improve the delivery of health care The Digital Opportunity Initiative was launched in July 2000 in response to last year s G8 Summit which adopted the Okinawa Charter on the Global Information Society and created the G8 Digital Opportunity Task Force Dot Force Accenture the Markle Foundation and UNDP are all members of the Dot Force which includes members of G8 and developing country governments multilateral organizations and members from

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  • Markle Releases Major Study on Governing the Internet | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Markle Foundation shows that the American public wants a broad range of perspectives and interests involved in decisions about the Internet Although the public has an overwhelmingly favorable view of the medium about half of the public also views the Internet as a source of worry due to an array of concerns ranging from on line pornography and violence to privacy violations to unresponsive providers and lack of trustworthiness of online information But in looking for solutions they want to go beyond such black and white choices as government regulation or industry self regulation to fashion approaches that involve government industry technical experts non profit organizations and the public itself In an innovative and extended research effort that included telephone and on line polling and focus groups of the general public and Internet experts the Markle Foundation research found that 63 percent of all Americans and a remarkable 83 percent of those who go on line have a positive view of the Internet The research finds that the public identifies the Internet primarily as a source of information with 45 percent saying their dominant image of the Internet is that of a library as opposed to 17 percent who compare it to a shopping mall or banking and investment office Yet despite the Internet s popularity nearly half of all Americans 45 percent see the Internet as a source of worry and 70 percent of the public says you have to question most things you read on the Internet By a margin of 54 36 percent the public believes it does not enjoy the same rights and protections on line than it has in the off line world and 59 percent say they don t know who they would turn to if they had a problem on line The Internet is an increasingly important part of the lives of the American people said Zoë Baird President of the Markle Foundation at a press conference at the National Press Club This research shows that they have an appreciation for the complexities involved in tackling the critical questions that will affect decisions about the Internet They want the full range of voices and interests to be heard from the private sector and government to non profit organizations and the public itself By a 60 37 percent margin the public says that rules for governing the Internet should be mostly developed and enforced by organizations other than the government such as Internet related companies and non profit groups But by 58 35 percent the public indicates that it does not want to rely on industry self regulation alone Although it is skeptical about government it still sees a clear place for government by 64 32 percent 57 to 35 in a retest in June 2001 government should develop rules to protect people when they are on the Internet even if it requires some regulation of the Internet This desire for a government role stems in part from the public s wish for institutions

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  • Markle Foundation Names Stefaan Verhulst as Director of Expanded Internet Governance Project | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Overview Latest News Letters to Members Member Commentary Personal Stories Rework America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Markle Foundation Names Stefaan Verhulst as Director of Expanded Internet Governance Project Publication Date May 4 2001 NEW YORK NY Zoë Baird President of the Markle Foundation announced today that Stefaan Verhulst will lead Markle s newly expanded Internet Governance Project Verhulst who will join Markle on June 1st moves from Oxford University in the United Kingdom where he is presently Director of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy He comes to Markle with a strong background in comparative communications policy and law governance and strategic management as well as a global perspective on Internet policy development I am delighted that Stefaan will be joining the Markle Foundation said Baird He has made substantial contributions to the development of communications and Internet policy in Europe and elsewhere and to the development of self regulatory and standards setting bodies for the Internet At Markle Stefaan will help advise on and develop the new institutions that are arising in this global information age The Markle Foundation has been a driving force in working to ensure that the public interest is represented in new policy making bodies said Verhulst I am delighted to be a part of Markle s Internet governance team and to help develop the foundation s work as the next generation of communications policies evolves Stefaan Verhulst has been Director of the Progamme in Comparative Media Law and Policy PCMLP at Oxford University since its inception in 1996 and was a scholar in residence at the Markle Foundation in Fall 2000 During Verhulst s four year joint directorship with Professor Monroe Price the Programme contributed to communications legislation and policy reform debates worldwide created a global network of experts developed a wide range of research projects and publications and pioneered in many areas of comparative media law and policy Prior to directing the Oxford Programme Verhulst held similar positions in Belgium and at the School of Law at University of Glasgow in Scotland Having served as consultant and researcher for numerous organizations including the Council of Europe European Commission Digital Video Broadcasting Broadcasting Standards Commission Bertelsmann Foundation and UNESCO Verhulst is an experienced liaison with policy makers industry executives non governmental organizations foundations and the media Verhulst is also the editor of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy and of the Communications Law in Transition Newsletter and has published internationally on communications law and policy issues Background on Markle s Internet Governance Project IGP The Internet Governance Project IGP has been a primary

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  • PBS Awarded Markle Foundation Grant to Develop Digital Strategy for Kids and Families | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    take advantage of the new media the Markle Foundation has awarded the Public Broadcasting Service PBS a 250 000 grant to collaborate on the development of a long term multiple media strategy for children and families which will drive the development of children s media for future generations PBS will match the Markle investment The announcement was made today by PBS President and CEO Pat Mitchell and Markle Foundation President Zoë Baird This work is a part of Markle s Interactive Media for Children program which is focused on researching the impact of interactive media on children and translating that research into the development and production of children s interactive media products As long time leaders in quality children s programming both on air and online PBS and its local member stations are well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities digital convergence offers to serve children and families The PBS Markle project will accelerate the strategic planning process by taking advantage of PBS s unique strengths as a visionary educational leader and public broadcaster and Markle s understanding of children s media research and strategic planning skills The strategy to be based on available research and trends regarding the impact of technology on children and families in the 21st century will be created by experts from multiple disciplines brought together by PBS and Markle These experts will convene from May through August for a series of workshops They will review the skills capabilities and motivations of those in the public broadcasting community from national producers to local station personnel as they formulate a content and business plan for the future In addition an evaluation strategy will be developed in order to determine how best to disseminate the results to the public Elements of the final plan will be published in late Fall 2001 on PBS org Markle org and in a summary booklet To secure PBS s position as the leading source for children s media in the digital age we must refine our creative philosophy and business model said Ms Mitchell The Markle Foundation grant provides a valuable partnership to help grow a unified strategy for strengthening our non commercial service to a broad and diverse audience of children and families Markle s Interactive Media for Children program focuses on understanding how technology affects our children and encouraging the production and distribution of research driven interactive media said Ms Baird Markle is committed to working with PBS to direct the extraordinary power of digital technology to help children enjoy learning and grow into intelligent active citizens The strategic plan will focus on six key areas Content creation and programming Exploring how new media affects learning and how PBS can use that knowledge to create more compelling educational programming for all children and families Operating and content delivery platforms Determining the rules for developing projects in the kid s space including guidelines for accessibility privacy commercialism etc Presence within local communities Identifying the roles and relationships for PBS member

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  • Markle Foundation Announces Independent Study Of ICANN Elections | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Management of the Internet by a private entity will not be stable or legitimate if that entity does not adequately include the public voice So it is essential that ICANN which is establishing rules that impact individuals and organizations alike be accountable to all Internet users everywhere The elections were far from perfect but represented an experiment in building a way for ICANN to reflect the interest of all users so it becomes an authority they can trust this experiment now has to be evaluated to determine whether it or another method should be used to fill the remaining At Large seats on ICANN s Board of Directors We view this study as a critical second step in our ongoing effort to enhance the public voice in ICANN s decision making as manager of the domain name space said Jerry Berman Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology We must persuade ICANN s Study Committee and its Board of Directors that a greater diversity of voices on the Board is both necessary and workable The team that will conduct the study is comprised of experienced researchers from nine organizations worldwide with substantial expertise in ICANN Members of the study team see below are drawn from each of ICANN s five geographic regions The independent study will review ICANN s At Large election process by outlining a research methodology and conducting a quantitative review of data retrieved from ICANN s election and registration servers The study will also include substantial outreach to the Internet community worldwide in order to identify and catalogue users experiences during last year s elections as well as to solicit their views about the future of ICANN s membership and Board Our goal all along in ICANN related projects said Baird has been to make the process of governing the Internet more broadly representative participatory and transparent It is now imperative that the data be thoroughly analyzed and available for public scrutiny so that the dialogue can continue and the system can be improved Background on the Study Late last year ICANN conducted the first global online direct election of At Large members of its board ICANN sought Markle funding to hold the elections which enabled Internet users from around the world to elect five at Large members to the board All other seats on the Board are allocated to representatives of technical and commercial interests In order to ensure that ICANN had access to input from leading experts on transparent and fair public processes and public interest organizations Markle brought in former President Jimmy Carter s Carter Center to monitor and review the election process and worked with the Center for Democracy and Technology and Common Cause who advised on the election process and identified means by which the public voice can be strengthened in ICANN There are potentially nine At Large seats on the ICANN Board that could be filled by cyber elections However only five were filled in last October s balloting

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  • ICANN Elections: An Important Moment for Internet Governance | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    NEW YORK NY Balloting in the Internet s first worldwide online elections for five members of the Board of Directors of ICANN the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers concluded last night The elections were initiated and conducted by ICANN in an attempt to fulfill its mandate to represent all Internet users in its decision making processes ICANN is the private corporation charged with the international oversight of the Internet domain name system and other functions The Markle Foundation contributed funds to ICANN s costs for the elections and to outside organizations to advise ICANN on the election process These elections were far from perfect said Baird However they are part of a process we hope will lead to greater transparency participation and representation at ICANN and for Internet Governance generally We hope that ICANN will take very seriously the study they have committed to conduct following these elections and that advice from expert observers will help shape a better process in the future Global institutions are beginning to oversee Internet activities said Markle President Zoë Baird The decisions they make reflect what we as society value and will help determine whether the Internet will achieve its potential to improve people s lives through not only e commerce but also innovation vibrant exchange of ideas and diversity Management of the Internet by a private entity will not be stable or legitimate if that entity does not adequately include the public voice So it is essential that ICANN which is establishing rules that impact individuals and organizations alike be accountable to all Internet users everywhere The elections were an experiment in building a legitimate way for ICANN to reflect the interest of all users so it becomes an authority they can trust this experiment now has to be evaluated to determine whether it or another method should be used to fill the remaining seats on ICANN s board of directors ICANN called the elections as a step toward making the body more accountable to and representative of Internet users worldwide All other seats on the board are allocated to representatives of technical and commercial interests In order to ensure that ICANN had access to input from leading experts on transparent and fair public processes and public interest organizations Markle also provided funding to former President Jimmy Carter s Carter Center to monitor and review the election process and to the Center for Democracy and Technology and Common Cause to advise on the election process and to identify means by which the public voice can be strengthened in ICANN Our goal all along in funding ICANN related projects has been to make the process of governing the Internet more broadly representative participatory and transparent Baird said While there may be many means to achieve this goal when ICANN came to us with a proposal to hold elections we decided to work with them and involve outside experts to help make the process fair and credible It is now imperative that the

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