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    ICANN Staff and Structure Goings-on in the GA
    posted by jon on Wednesday October 24 2001, @07:53AM

    Danny Younger recently posted a note to the GA list urging that the ongoing Business Constituency elections are illegal: Because Grant Forsyth (an officer of CLEAR Communications, owned by British Telecom) will be reelected as an NC member, he argues, the re-election candidacy of AT&T's Marilyn Cade violates a BC charter provision that forbids Names Council membership by more than one person "working for or representing" any "identifiable business sector." On the merits, Marilyn Cade has taken the position that there is no violation because AT&T is not only a telecom company, but also "a web hosting, business user, and Internet company," and anyway her own job is focused on "the Internet and E-commerce." This hardly seems an entirely satisfactory answer, though.

    That AT&T is a "business user" has no bearing here; every member of the BC, including CLEAR, is a business user. While AT&T offers web hosting, Internet-based and e-business services to complement its telecom services, so does CLEAR. So it's remarkably hard to argue that the two companies aren't in the same "business sector."

    Perhaps the more important question is whether constituency charters matter, and if so why. After all, the BC could easily change its charter to eliminate this provision. So who cares? The answer, I think, is that language similar to this provision was part of the original BC charter submitted to the Board for approval; it was there to reassure potential members, and the Board, that the constituency would not be dominated by a few members with similar views. Yet that is precisely the charge that has repeatedly been levelled against the BC. The charter issue, thus, is symptomatic of a larger problem (on the one hand, that makes it significant; on the other, addressing it in isolation won't do much).

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    Re: Goings-on in the GA
    by Buckshot6 on Wednesday October 24 2001, @09:33AM (#3134)
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    Its *clear* that the B C really doesn't care what rules it might break.

    Sort of reminds me of the ICANN BoD....

    What a shame......
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    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday October 25 2001, @09:44AM (#3160)
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    The RegisterUK has an article about new.net's inability to join the BC. -g
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