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    ICANN Staff and Structure Board Member Challenges Reform Plan?
    posted by Mueller on Monday December 16 2002, @01:50PM

    No, it wasn't Andy and it wasn't Karl. During the Amsterdam meeting Board member Amadeu Abril i Abril was given twenty minutes to make his own comments on the ERC "reform" proposal. He issued a devastating observation. However complex the new system of Nomcoms and constituencies might seem, the new structure suffers from a simple yet basic defect. It allows a majority of the existing board to appoint a majority of the new Board, potentially giving control to a single faction. Not only can a Board faction reproduce itself, there is also double influence by GNSO constituencies, who both directly elect members to the Board and select Nomcom members to select others - further reinforcing the threat of capture.



    Vint Cerf's response: "the Board is uncontrollable."

    Amadeu's response: Perception of capture is critical to ICANN's legitimacy.

    Frode Griesen (RIPE-NCC): The set up of the Board fails the appearance test. Was the at-large eliminated because the majority of board did not like those elected?

    Interesting question for one of the leaders of an increasingly important Internet institution to be asking. Aside from these comments, however, the Reform debate attracted little interest from the audience. No one seemed to have the energy to reopen the old debate.

     
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