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    Membership Issues Does ICANN Have Members?
    posted by michael on Tuesday February 20 2001, @05:43PM

    ICANN Senior Staff Suggest That Membership Is "Suspended". No new registrations to be permitted until further notice...

    Now that ICANN has launched its "clean sheet" study of the at-large membership, to be chaired by former Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt, it seems that some in ICANN think that the inconvenience of having a membership is over. Here, plus some URLs, is what ICANN Chief Policy Officer & CFO Andrew McLaughlin wrote on Feb. 5, 2001:
    "To reprise what I said in Zuerich: The At Large Membership does not exist in the form Hans [Klein] wants it to exist. At the moment, it exists in a state of suspension: Under the Bylaws, the membership was constituted for one purpose and one purpose only: to choose 5 Directors in 2000."

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    It's Supposed To!
    by Anonymous on Thursday February 22 2001, @08:01AM (#341)

    Whether ICANN has "members" or not, whether within the meaning of Cal. Public Benefit Corpation laws or otherwise, is debatable, but one thing that is clear is that ICANN is supposed to have members. Longtime ICANN followers will recall that in the discussions leading up to the DOC's recognition of ICANN, the DOC pushed ICANN in that direction:

    Under your submission, the Interim board is encouraged but not required to establish an open membership structure. Many commenters expressed the view that the principles of private, bottom-up coordination and representation set out in the White Paper are unlikely to be achieved in the absence of some type of membership-based structure. We believe ICANN should resolve this issue in a way that ensures greater accountability of the board of directors to the Internet community.
    See, October 28, 1998 Correspondence from Burr to Schorr. The first revision of ICANN's Bylaws supports the idea that ICANN accepted this suggestion and adopted a membership structure.

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    Re: Does ICANN Have Members?
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Thursday March 01 2001, @04:21AM (#344)
    User #4 Info | http://www.discourse.net/
    For a German account of McLaughlin's remarks, see Heise onlilne (in German).
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