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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) CIRA (.ca) election results
    posted by michael on Thursday June 20 2002, @08:02AM

    fnord writes "The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, administrator of the .ca ccTLD, has announced the results of its second annual Board of Directors election. Following the initial election of 9 Directors last year, the three year terms are staggered so that 3 positions are up for election each year. Incumbents Denis Tanguay and Michael Geist (a name not unknown to ICANNWatchers) were returned to office. The third position, previously held by Jonathan Cohen (another name not unknown to ICANNWatchers) who wasn't running again, was taken by Mark Jeftovic, who had run unsuccessfully last year. The net result is the replacement of one Director, Cohen, by Jeftovic, whose campaign statements can be found here: 2001, 2002. I'd call the replacement of an IP lawyer by a privacy advocate a bit of a change, but unlike last year, still not newsworthy enough for a submission, but for two reasons."

    First, while some (and I count myself in that number) hold the CIRA online elections up as a model that ICANN could learn from, or even emulate, one aspect I have difficulty with is the use of a nomination committee created by the existing Board which can perpetualize the positions of existing members or those they would prefer to see take their place. Indeed, the Board upped the number that could be so nominated to six. Members are also allowed to put forward candidates who must have the support of 50 voters to be on the ballot. Only two were so nominated. One of them was Jeftovic, who was also member nominated the previous year. Unlike ICANN, I somehow doubt this apparent wisdom of the electorate over the nominating committee will lead to a cancellation of further elections.

    Second, Kent Crispin (a name only too well known to ICANNWatchers) seeks to make an issue out of the low (and dropping) voter turnout in his ongoing campaign against ICANN holding elections. This is fallacious for a number of reasons. For example, there were only 3 positions up for election rather than 9, no matter how the election turned out it wouldn't have changed the majority, indeed it changed only one member. More importantly, CIRA just isn't controversial, unlike ICANN there are no real burning issues. Sure, many want lower domain registration fees, and the kinder, gentler DRP could move along more quickly, but the BoD seems to be on the same page as those they purport to represent. To the extent that they have been publicly quoted, they generally support privacy and other registrant-centric viewpoints like a more reasonable DRP, and their views on ICANN range from wariness to weariness. I suspect this is in line with the views of a majority of CIRA's voters, whether or not they choose to exercise that right to vote. -g

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    Re: CIRA (.ca) election results
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Thursday June 20 2002, @08:39AM (#7321)
    User #3240 Info | http://www.icannwatch.org/
    Is it merely my impression, or is this Kent Crispin fellow nothing more than a paid mouth for ICANN? Where did he come from, and why do people listen to him?

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