Rumors are flying that Rod Beckstrom, former director of the US Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity Center, is the new CEO of ICANN. This is still unconfirmed by ICANN but comes from well-informed sources. We also hear that David Eisner, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service under G.W. Bush and former VP at AOL, was also in the running. Perhaps someone familiar with DC is a prudent choice, given ICANN's recent performance there. Beckstrom is best known for his dramatic resignation from his post earlier this year to protest the “takeover” of cybersecurity policy by the National Security Agency, an act of principle. Beckstrom has his own .com domain and is based in California. The link to cybersecurity issues could be a strength or a weakness, depending on the way the U.S. government handles its still-controversial supervisory role. Stay tuned.