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    Membership Issues What's up with the At-Large Study Committee?
    posted by jon on Saturday June 09 2001, @04:26PM

    According to ICANN's bylaws, the At-Large Study Committee is supposed to complete its report, and present it to the Board, by "the second quarterly meeting of the Corporation in 2001" -- which is to say, the Stockholm meeting that just ended. There was no report in Stockholm, of course, and according to CDT's Alan Davidson (as quoted in Newsbytes), Board members seem willing to delay the report past November.

    Who cares, you may ask? What's a few months' delay? Here's the problem . . .

    The reason for the May 2001 report deadline was so that the Board could review the report, and seek public comment, and still "take final action on the study no later than the Annual Meeting of the Corporation in [November] 2001," six months from now -- that's in the bylaws. And the reason for that schedule was so that if the Board decides that ICANN should continue to have at-large directors, a new set of directors could be seated by "no later than the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of the Corporation in 2002." (That's in the bylaws, too.) You see, the terms of the current five at-large directors expire at the end of the 2002 meeting. So if the Board hasn't adopted a plan to seat new ones in time to implement it by then (and elections require a fair amount of lead time) -- well, oops. And it's in this context that it's especially worrisome that ICANN's FY 2001-02 budget allows for the expenditure of zero dollars in election preparations.

    Davidson urges that the "committee is doing a very thorough job in a good way"; the only problem, he says, is the time issue. But the time issue is beginning to look like a big deal.

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    Re: What's up with the At-Large Study Committee?
    by alexander on Sunday June 10 2001, @08:03AM (#794)
    User #22 Info | http://www.icannchannel.de
    The ALSCommittee schedule clearly says:
    Draft Report by September 14, Final Report by November 14 (http://www.atlargestudy.org/MtgSummaryMay5-6NY.shtml)

    It's not an easy job, and the ALSC has very much stressed that it is in a 'listening mode'. I hope that they soon change to 'listening and talking mode'. If I recall correctly, it was Pindar Wong who said that the committee may publish "thought pieces" for comment before.
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