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ICANN appoints Rúa Jovet to represent North American Internet users’ rights

By on September 8, 2016

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Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory Board Chairman Javier Rúa Jovet

SAN JUAN – The chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Puerto Rico (PRTRB), Javier Rúa Jovet, was chosen by the Nominating Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a global committee to safeguard the interests and rights of Internet users.

Rúa Jovet will represent the entire North American region, including Puerto Rico, a user base estimated at more than 300 million people. The unpaid appointment will be for two years, starting in November.

The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), to which Rúa Jovet was named, comprises 15 members, two appointed for each of five regional organizations and five members selected by ICANN’s Nominating Committee.

“It is an honor to be part of ICANN’s global community of representatives. This ad honorem appointment will allow us to contribute to the creation and strengthening of policies that ensure the correct functioning of the Domain Name System, and that guarantee the health, stability and nature of the Internet as a global resource serving the global public interest, including the needs and viewpoints of our North American region. This objective is aligned with our mission at PRTRB to safeguard the rights of users of advanced telecommunications services in Puerto Rico,” Rúa Jovet said.

Those selected will take up their positions after the end of ICANN’s Annual General Meeting, which will take place during the ICANN Public Meeting scheduled for Nov. 3-9 in Hyderabad, India.

“The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN’s leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN’s overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience and perspective. The basic criteria are that selectees are people of integrity, objectivity, sound judgment; support decision-making within groups; work effectively in English; understand ICANN’s mission and operation; are committed to its success; have experience in world affairs; contribute to cultural, professional and geographic expertise; and can work long and hard, generally as volunteers, for the global public trust,” according to ICANN

As chairman of the PRTRB, Rúa Jovet has focused on policies and actions to boost broadband access and adoption in Puerto Rico and the region. Under him, the PRTRB has achieved regional recognition through several engagements with organizations such as the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations (CANTO) and the VirtualEduca Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS).

Rúa Jovet is an attorney and has published articles in national and international journals on subjects such as telecommunications regulation, natural resources law, public international and tort matters.

Javier earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, holds an LL.M in Public International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University National Law Center and a B.A. from Boston College. After his LL.M., Mr. Rúa-Jovet clerked for the Puerto Rico Appeals Court Chief Judge Hon. Fiol Matta, who recently retired as Chief Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. He has taught International Law courses at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law.

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