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1) Your Name:

Marc Gauw

Personal Profile Picture/Image (Optional):
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2) Stakeholder Group: Non-Commercial

3) Constituency:

Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns (NPOC)

4) ICANN Affiliation (if not covered by item 2 or 3):

5) Please identify your current employer(s):

NLnet Foundation, Netherlands (Amsterdam)

6) Please identify your current position(s):

General Director and Chairman of the Managing Board

7) Please identify the type(s) of work performed:

Amongst others: - Chairman/Boardmember AMS-IX (Internet Exchange) - Commercial Director NL-ix (Internet Exchange) - General Director/Chairman NLnet Foundation (Charity on Internet and Open Source improvement projects)

8) Please identify your declared country of primary residence (e.g., country to which you pay taxes):


9) Please list any financial relationship beyond de minimus stock ownership you may have with any company that to your knowledge has a financial relationship or contract with ICANN:

NLnet Foundation is an NGO dedicated to financially supporting independent organisations and individual developers and researchers that contribute to the advancement of the internet at a technical level. It provides grants through e.g. its Internet Hardening Fund, DNSSEC Fund and a competitive open call. One noteworthy organisation worth mentioning separately is NLnet Labs, which was set up as a legally and organisationally independent foundation in 1999 to develop Open Source software and open standards for the benefit of the Internet. The governance of NLnet Labs (which may occasionally be in contracts with ICANN due to for instance its unique expertise in relevant standards such as DNSSEC and BGP, as well as its maintainership of critical infrastructure components) in no way linked to the governance of NLnet Foundation. The relationship between NLnet Foundation and NLnet Labs at present is purely that of an (external) rantmaker. As a registered charity dedicated to the internet since 1989, NLnet likely has received donations from quite a few organisations and people with a financial relationship or contract with ICANN. Among the many projects funded through grants there are certainly organisations such as Internet Software Consortium, Sinodun, Internet Society, Viagenie etc that have a financial relationship or contract with ICANN. These are all publically documented on the NLnet foundation website ( and its annual reports.

10) Do you believe you are participating in the GNSO policy process as a representative of any individual or entity, whether paid or unpaid?

If the answer is “Yes,” please provide the name of the represented individual or entity. (If professional ethical obligations prevent you from disclosing this information, please enter "Private"):As NLnet Foundation, we consider ourselves as representing the independent developers and researchers that contribute to the technical development of the internet. As an NGO, we fall within the NPOC.
11) Please identify any other relevant arrangements, interests, or benefits as requested in the following two questions:

a) Do you have any type of material interest in ICANN GNSO policy development processes and outcomes?


If the answer is “yes,” please describe the material interest in ICANN GNSO policy development processes and outcomes:

Our main material interest is that ICANN has a significant operational surplus which could be spent alleviating the pressure on our own funds. There is a significant overlap of interests between e.g. our Internet Hardening Funds and DNSSEC Fund on the one hand, and ICANN on the other. NLnet gets many more excellent and important proposals from independent researchers and developers than we have budget for. With ICANN considering what to do with this budget, we want to make sure it is invested in a way that helps resolve technical debt and benefits the health of the internet.

b) Are there any arrangements/agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your participation as a work team member?


If the answer is “yes,” please describe the arrangements/agreements and the name of the group, constituency, or person(s):

Noted that one of the Icann Boardmembers is also Supervisory Board member at NLnet Foundation.

12) Please identify any Working Groups or other chartered teams in which you are participating (include acronyms, if applicable):

13) Additional Information (optional):

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