Peruvian Internet Policy Expert Seeks Political Ambitions

By February 28, 2011 Governance No Comments

Erick Iriarte Ahon imagePeruvian domain name expert and general manager of Latin American and Caribbean TLD Association (LACTLD), Erick Iriarte Ahón, is seeking election to parliament.

Iriarte, a regular at ICANN and domain name meetings in Latin America, is a candidate for the Peruvian Congress in the upcoming election representing the Partido Aprista Peruano (Aprista Party).

Eleven parties are contesting the upcoming election with Iriarte number 12 on the list for the Aprista Party out of 36 candidates.

Despite being only 34 years old, Iriarte has an extensive knowledge of internet policy issues and has helped many countries in the Latin American region to develop policies in relation to the information society and to understand the importance of the access to the internet for all people.

Iriarte is a law graduate, specialising in computer law, and founded the non-governmental organisation Alfa-Redi that ended up becoming a group of experts from Latin America, Spain, Italy and other countries dealing with issues such as intellectual property, privacy and protection of data, spam and free internet access.

In the domain name arena, Iriarte began his involvement in the domain name space as a lawyer managing the .PEccTLD, and has worked as coordinator of the ICANN Membership Implementation Task Force. Since 2003, Iriarte Ahon also has been a member of the Non-Commercial User Constituency, and he was a member of the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee, serving as vice-chair and representing Latin America and the Caribbean, he finished his job in December 2006 when signed the LAC-RALO Foundation Act in Sau Paulo.

In October 2004, Erick coordinated a meeting on Internet governance in Latin America, as a commission of the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force. There, he was a leader and instructor of the Track “Internet and Society” in WALC 2004. He is member of Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group of Internet Governance Forum (www.intgovforum.com).

As an activist, he is involved in issues including Internet governance and information society policy in Latin America and the Caribbean; regulation of the information society in the World Summit on the Information Society frame; and the background of national domain name policies in various Latin American countries. He worked with ECLAC, Organization of American States, UNESCO, Andean Community, and different government in Latin American Region.

More information in Iriarte’s campaign is available (in Spanish) from iriartealcongreso.pe. Some biographical information was sourced from his biography on the ICANN website.