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    ICANN Staff and Structure Enhancing Legitimacy in ICANN
    posted by michael on Friday September 27 2002, @09:03AM

    Anonymous writes "The Markle Foudation has published a new report, Enhancing Legitimacy in the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers: Accountable and Transparent Governance Structures, authored by the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria."

    Here's what they say about it:
    The Markle Foundation released a September 2002 report by the Centre for Global Studies entitled "Enhancing Legitimacy in the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers: Accountable and Transparent Governance Structures." The report outlines specific, proven guidelines, codes, approaches and best practices used by other international organizations which may be considered effective and appropriate for the governance and structure of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Its key recommendations focus on the core areas of Representation, Participation, Transparency and Accountability, providing specific suggestions for improvements to ICANN's "Blueprint for Reform" as well as an analysis of how best practices of other organizations can inform the debate over ICANN restructuring. The report underscores the ongoing nature of ICANNís reform--that future reviews of ICANN should be mandated, and the need for actively engaging its stakeholders-the public and private sectors, developed and developing countries and local, national, and international NGOs-in its operation and governance structure.

    Key Recommendations

    Representation: Geographical diversity (including developing countries) on the Nominating Committee and the Board should be increased by expanding application of the accepted concept of constituencies. The ICANN Board voting mechanisms for Bylaw amendments should be improved.

    Participation: Consultation before decisions should be expanded through early publication in the policy process, with opportunities for feedback by the public, including through regional seminars. The proposed Manager of Public Participation (MPP) should be supported by a formal ICANN Declaration or Charter. ICANNís Board should (a) declare its intent to hold regional workshops; (b) allow representatives of the At- Large community to participate at a session added to each Board Meeting; and (c) nurture the development of an active global network of interested parties.

    Transparency: Direct focus is needed on transparency issues separate but integral to accountability, such as disseminating information on decision-making and policy processes. ICANN should make available on its web site the contact information for each Board and staff member. Guidelines for future decision-making and policy development processes should be made available to the public.

    Accountability: The powers and independence of the Ombudsman Office should be enhanced and defined formally, and the Ombudsman Office should publish its annual report without prior Board review. Provisions of the Reconsideration and Arbitration processes should be strengthened to make them binding on the Board in certain cases. The Reconsideration Committee should be composed of two former Board members, rather than serving members, and independent representatives selected from a consumer protection organization. The Reconsideration Committee should be empowered to report on its activities and findings, including minority views, as frequently as it sees fit, with its reports made public as they are submitted. The Arbitration process should provide for parties to select among possible modes of arbitration, using a pool of pre-certified arbitrators, and be clearly defined in the Bylaws.

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    Re: Enhancing Legitimacy in ICANN
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Friday September 27 2002, @10:51AM (#9440)
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    They forgot:

    Accuracy: With the huge amount of un-needed structure for such a limited mandate, ICANN should strive to devote additional resources to counting the number of angels which can dance on the head of a pin.

    Sarcasm aside, they did forget the most important aspect: SIMPLICITY.

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    Re: Enhancing Legitimacy in ICANN
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday September 28 2002, @08:54AM (#9452)
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    Markle writes
    The Reconsideration Committee should be composed of two former Board members
    Robert Blokzijl and Michael Roberts, oh yeah, that will work. -g
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