Sensing some problems explaining how its board is "legimatized," in
Bucharest the ICANN board announced it would use the newly formed "At Large
Organizing Committee" (ALOC, see at-large.org) to help it select the members
of the NomCom. It seems as though the always quotable and available Esther
Dyson more or less runs this, and in the event that it is inconvenient to
discuss issues with "Members" of the ALOC, she appoints a new smaller set of
cronies to work out the important details.
At the same time, icannatlarge.com, a democratic group she helped set up,
but which apparently has elected too many of the "wrong" people, is holding
its second election the 3 months, this time for an 11 member board, that is
still trying to hammer out its charter, and to lobby for some public
representation in the ICANN process (in case anyone at DoC or the GAC cares
about this). This is the group that Esther is now seeking to marginalize,
in part by more or less confusing everyone with a very similar sounding
group, so in the new ICANN speak, "at-large" is used by some to mean, the
public having some elections for its own representation (the "old"
definition), and by Esther and the ICANN board to mean what looks like a
corporate focus group (the new "reformed" definition).
ICANN's official views on elections are perhaps best summed up by ICANN
lawyer Joe Sims, who was quoted by David McGuire in the Washington Post as
But Joe Sims, ICANN's outside attorney,
said Magaziner is too far removed from
the ICANN process to see the problems the
organization has had with online elections
and the steps it has taken to include public
voices in its processes.
"We spent three years throwing time and
energy down the direct election rat-hole," Sims said.
Below are some selections from the Bucharest GAC statement on the NomCom and
the ICANNAtlarge.com (the democratic resistance) ballot.
Board Selection Process
15. The majority of GAC members do not have a strong opinion on the concept
of a Nominating Committee, believing this to be an issue of ICANN's internal
corporate governance, nor on the proposition that there be a GAC delegate on
the Nominating Committee. A minority, including France and Germany,
specifically expresses its discomfort with the concept of the Nominating
Committee. The delegation of Germany raised its concerns that, even though
the personal properties referred to as selection criteria may basically be
unobjectionable, evaluating individuals by such criteria invariably would be
highly subjective and, thus, a doubt-raising procedure. The delegation of
Germany believes that this would be all the more so if the Nominating
Committee as the selecting body was not sufficiently legitimated. The
structure and authority presently proposed for the Nominating Committee
would more or less mean replacing the bottom-up by the top-down principle
thereby counteracting the objective of securing wider recognition for ICANN.
The representative of Spain expressed disagreement with the concept of any
potential GAC delegate being in the Nominating Committee. Malaysia is of the
view that if there is a GAC delegate, that delegate should not have voting
powers. The International Treaty Organization members do not offer a view.
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b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Vittorio Bertola (Europe)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Ted Byfield (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Cordley Coit (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Bob Crawford (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Marc Derriennic (Europe)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Eric Dierker (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Vivek Durai (Central/West/South Asia)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Michael Geist (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Todd Glassey (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Satyajit Gupta (Central/West/South Asia)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Kimberley J. Heitman (Asia/Pacific)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Richard Henderson (Europe)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Milan Kapetanov (Europe)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]James Khan (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Hans Klein (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Joanna Lane (Europe)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]James Love (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Jefsey Morfin (Europe)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Judith Oppenheimer (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Gabriel Pineiro (Latin America/Caribbean)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Youn Jung Park (Asia/Pacific)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]David Schutt (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Sotiris Sotiropoulos (North America)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Edmundo Valenti (Latin America/Caribbean)
b02:UniqueCode:[ ]Bruce Young (North America)b
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