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    Membership Issues Touchy-Feely Study Committee
    posted by tbyfield on Friday April 13 2001, @06:53PM

    The At Large Study Committee's consensus-building process has gotten off to a ripping start. To a deftly terse remark from ICANN Blog-keeper Bret Fausett, delicately suggesting to the ALSC that they're busy inventing hot water, ALSC Executive Director Denise Michel offered a priceless gem of bureaubabble.

    Her full response is here, but the conclusion is too, too special to relegate to a URL: "If you have time, it would be helpful if you went beyond the general benefit/goal of 'representation,' and described how you see an At-Large membership (or a lack of one) impacting you, personally?"

    Her response was only the second substantive message in the ALSC's public forum, so...when it comes to the task of "unbundling" democracy, there's no flies on the ALSC.

    Note to ICANN: On your "Advisory Committees, Committees of the Board of Directors, Task Forces, and Other Committees" page (last modified 9 April), only one item is missing a link -- the At Large Membership Study Committee. C'mon, guys, the least you could do is link to your own ringers!

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    Re: Touchy-Feely Study Committee
    by Sotiris on Monday April 16 2001, @05:51PM (#536)
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    Pindar Wong asked and got 400,000 USD for this? The very tone of the questons reminds me of the learning by rote moments of the kindergarten years... Not to mention the fact that I'm surprised that the people who are supposed to be conducting the study are answering back! er, that is, their `Staff' Executive Director is... Looks like a foregone conclusion to me, folk.

    As Judith Oppenheimer eloquently put it: "IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A WORLD GOVERNMENT, I WANT A REVOLUTION FIRST."

    Sotiris Sotiropoulos

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    Re: Touchy-Feely Study Committee
    by joppenheimer on Wednesday April 18 2001, @04:46PM (#543)
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    I've been trying to figure out how to articulate my perception of Denise Michel 's dismissive response.

    Fortunately, others are less tongue-tied.

    Thomas Roessler writes, "You can, of course, restrict input into ICANN to the kind of input they get all the time on their public Web forums. This input is nice for being counted ("we had 4000 comments on this issue, we are democratic"), and for being ignored. It's pretty much useless."

    What he said.

    BTW, the ALSC dutifully posted a news release today (on businesswire, not yet on its site), titled "At-Large Study Committee Launches Online Forum."

    "A critical aspect of the committee's mission is to foster discussions that lead to consensus on the best method for ensuring that individual Internet users' voices are heard, and represented, within ICANN. This online forum will afford people throughout the world an opportunity to debate the issues involved and share their views," stated Carl Bildt, ALSC chair.

    Bildt talks about "ICANN's goal of involving and representing individuals..." They could start by acknowledging and incorporating Michael Froomkin's legitimate, common sense suggestions .

    As if.

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