Liz Williams

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Email: Lizwilliams [at] lizwilliams.net


Liz Williams has been working in the Internet industry since the early 1990s and is now based in ICANN's Brussels office as Senior Policy Council, leading ICANN's policy development activities on the introduction of new top level domains.[1] She brings to ICANN comprehensive policy development and regulatory affairs experience in telecommunications and internet governance. Her work has focused on North America, the Asia Pacific region and Australia, for both governments and the private sector. Liz Williams is particularly experienced with regards to internet policy in developing countries.

She is a former Deputy Chair of the .au Domain Administration Board of Directors and has worked across the ICANN registrars' and registries' constituencies on a wide variety of policy issues.[2] Williams also has significant commercial experience in the industry, having advised registrars and registries about opportunities in the ICANN environment and, on occasion, has advised ICANN on specific policy development and domain name space expansion efforts.[3]

She holds a doctorate in information technology and law on the globlisation of regulation and its impact on the domain name system and a masters in communication on regulating the internet and privacy protection.

In a letter dated December 8th, Liz, along with twenty-seven other domain name industry participants, wrote to Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to support ICANN's new gTLD program, in response to the Senate Hearings taking place on the same day. They supported ICANN's argument that the program would be innovative and economically beneficial, and that the program had taken lots of people a long time to develop, hence it had not been rushed.[4] Read the letter here.

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