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    Membership Issues Bildt Committee: Something Missing?
    posted by michael on Wednesday March 07 2001, @10:02AM

    Three candidates from the recent ICANN At-Large Election suggest that the proposed membership of the At Large Membership Study Committee (aka the Bildt Committee) leaves out one essential point of view.

    In a letter to be sent tomorrow, but unveiled at today's Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference in Boston, former ACM President Barbara Simons, U. Texas Business, Technology and Law Professor Emerson Tiller and Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig say that "The absence of an entire point of view in these debates is as obvious as it would be if the government of the state of Florida were to set up an electoral reform committee with good honest and true Republicans and Independents, but not a single Democrat."

    The missing viewpoint, of course, is that of people who actively fought for a directly elected At-Large, and who participated enthusiastically in the electoral process. The Bildt Committee includes former ICANN Board Members who voted first to eliminate direct elections, and then when that wouldn't fly, voted instead to shrink the elected at-large from nine to five seats, and it includes distinguished neutrals -- but not one of the people who strenuously opposed ICANN's positions during the controversy.

    Other key points in the letter include:

    • "Neither we nor other active supporters of the at-large community were consulted regarding the goals of the study or the composition of the committee."
    • "ICANN solicited comments on the study proposal, and we appreciate that. But since ICANN did not respond to the comments, there was no discussion, no debate, no dialogue."
    • "By contrast, there was active outreach from ICANN to the Supporting Organizations, including some groups that are opposed to the notion of an at-large membership."
    • "The creation of a study that drags on for a long period of time and that could eliminate some or all of the democratically elected at-large Board seats appears to be a strategy to avoid ICANN's original obligation - and to sap the interest of the 76,000 people from around the world who took the trouble to become at-large members."
    • "The members of the at-large and the people who opposed ICANN's attempt to prevent direct elections of their representatives have earned the right to be at the table; they should not again be relegated to the role of supplicant or object."
    The ICANN Board has already approved the appointment of Committee Chair Carl Bildt, and Vice Chairs, Chuck Costello and Pindar Wong. The ICANN Board is expected to vote on the compositon of the rest of the committee at its webcast meeting in Melbourne on March 13. The Study Committee will hold its first meeting four days earlier, on March 9...so far there is no indication that this meeting will be webcast.

    Fait accompli? Maybe not, if enough people complain to the Public Comment Forum (although there is currently no topic devoted to discussing membership of the Bildt Committee) and to the Bildt Committee General Comments and its Melbourne Meeting Comments.

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    Re: Bildt Committee: Something Missing?
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Friday March 09 2001, @10:36AM (#396)
    User #4 Info | http://www.discourse.net/
    Pindar Wong, Vice-Chair of the Study Committee, has provided some slides about the committee and its proposed members. No surprises there. Also, at least 2 former Board members but no one from the groups that fought them. The draft report will be presented in Uraguay in September.
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