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    ICANN Staff and Structure Heads Up! Incoming! All New ICANN Bylaws and 2002 Annual Meeting
    posted by michael on Thursday October 03 2002, @08:12AM

    fnord writes "In a method so typical it is surprising it hasn't been patented, ICANN has released the Final Implementation Report and Recommendations of the Committee on ICANN Evolution and Reform from a great height onto a sleeping populace. For a self-claimed open, transparent, bottom up, consensus organization, one might have reasonably expected some prior hint that the Bylaws would be replaced entirely, or that the mere existence of a 2002 Annual Meeting of the Corporation would be known sooner, it still isn't listed on their Meeting page at time of writing, and its exact date(s) and location(s) remain undisclosed. But no, other than us few Chicken Littles hidden away at ICANNWatch and select other bunkers who expect such sneak attacks, the global community is awoken yet again to more bombshells."

    There's much here to be digested (and regurgitated if one is a little chicken): The BoD members stay on at least until December. There will be no General Assembly or equivalent (and what discussion of issues that is allowed will be carefully controlled). The ccNSO section has yet to be determined (and won't be determined by the ccTLDs). The GAC (now including non-government members) will be squirreled away in every nook and cranny like hall monitors to ensure compliance with non-governmental non-regulation. The entire at large internet community will get a largely non-voting (indeed, non-speaking) role at most every level, and as if that weren't sufficient, they will in any event be represented by a few yespersons inserted from on high. But wait, there's good news in this carpet bombing, due to the domain tax paid by acquiescent (or at least silent) domain registrants, and passed on by the registrars and registries, who get increased voting power as tax collectors, there will be no budget shortfall, ICANN will be funded in the style to which it would like to become accustomed. Hooray!

    Some of these bombs have been hinted at, but as usual it is over the top. Nowhere in public fora for ICANN reform will you see a discussion on the merits for much of this from anyone in the community, let alone a call for them. Still, amidst the shrapnel flutter down leaflets which in grand ICANN newspeak big lie fashion trumpet all this as not only expected, but requested.

    The very same folks who tried and failed miserably with ICANN v.1 have now released ICANN v.2 as a bugfix, with nary a hint that they understand (let alone admit) that they are the sole source of most of the bugs. Nancy Victory could give them a decade and no amount of patching would fix this turkey. To top off this farce there will be no betatest, ICANN proposes going from blank slate to steady state in one fell swoop whilst worrying about transition later. No doubt there will be more fowl scoops on the droppings later, that's enough pecking for one particularily dark night. -g

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    Re: Heads Up! Incoming! All New ICANN Bylaws and 2
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday October 03 2002, @08:29AM (#9533)
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    Alexander Svensson has already produced a series of charts showing the damage in .pdf, available here, and don't miss his comments. -g
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    Re: Heads Up! Incoming! All New ICANN Bylaws and 2
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday October 03 2002, @11:39AM (#9537)
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    I have had a private question regarding my statement that the GAC will now have non-government members and where that can be found. It is in reference to this [emphasis mine, I haven't bothered to reproduce the hyperlinks contained in the original]:
    6. Government Participation

    The Blueprint recommended that the GAC (a) appoint a non-voting liaison to the Board, (b) appoint one voting delegate to the Nominating Committee, and (c) appoint non-voting liaisons to each of the SO Councils and to the RSSAC, the TAC, and the SAC. (To this list we have added the ALAC.) These liaisons could be either members or non-members of the GAC, with sufficient expertise to participate effectively in each body. Each of these recommendations has been affirmed in the New Bylaws, and can respectively be found in Section 1 of Article VI (Board liaison), Section 2 of Article VII (Nominating Committee), and Section 2.1 (g) of Article XI (Advisory Committee liaisons).

    As GAC Chair Paul Twomey doesn't meet the criteria for GAC membership yet remains its Chair, and gets paid to do so by ICANN (that's our cybertax dollars at work boyz 'n' grrls), I call this the Twomey clause. -g

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    Re: Heads Up! Incoming! All New ICANN Bylaws and 2
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday October 03 2002, @08:59AM (#9535)
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    For clarification, Shanghai is not (well, probably not) the location of the just announced Annual Meeting, the latter of which will apparently take place in December 2002. The Shanghai meeting is scheduled for October 28-31, 2002. Then again, it makes a certain kind of sense that the ICANNites stay in China for over a month to compare notes regarding the benefits of central planning and the shortcomings of democracy in comparison to top-down regulation.The proposed Bylaws hint that the Annual Meeting may be held in Los Angeles:
    Section 13. ANNUAL MEETINGS

    Annual meetings of ICANN shall be held for the purpose of electing Officers and for the transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting. Each annual meeting shall be held no earlier than the last week of September, and no later than the last week of December. In the absence of designation, the annual meeting shall be held at the principal office of ICANN. The annual meeting shall be open to the public. If the Board determines that it is practical, the annual meeting should be distributed in real-time and archived video and audio formats on the Internet.

    The ERC recommends elsewhere that at least the 2002 meeting be webcast. As the A/V archives for Bucharest have mysteriously disappeared, and the Accra archives are hard to find, and also somewhat incomplete, these statements of ICANN should be taken with the usual mountain of salt. -g

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