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    Board of Directors In with the old, way out with the new
    posted by tbyfield on Wednesday March 12 2003, @07:49PM

    In its 12 March special meeting, ICANN's board made a few, shall we say, remarkable appointments... Update: 03/14 02:51 GMT by Michael: And check out this most eloquent commentary on the GA list by Peter Dengate Thrush.

    Could it be that ICANN is finally klewing in to the idea that "corporate governance" might just be an issue? If so, the risible procedure of creating a committee whose mandate is to figure out what its mandate is is, well, the kind of hocus pocus we've come to know and love in the sitcom world of Marina del Rey. And who better to oversee the problem of out-of-control management running roughshod over a somnolent board than the board's supremo of hostility to public accountability himself, Mr. Kraaijenbrink?

    Second: Anthony Staley was appointed as "delegate to the Nominating Committee in the position designated to be filled by the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization after it is established."

    Which Anthony Staley would that be? Well, I somehow doubt it's this young North Carolinan athlete, or this intern "who ... distinguished himself in his role as a legislative intern for the House Transportation Committee," or this Hawaiian marksman, or this young journalist ("Martial Arts club is still kicking butt") at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. But I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be the former Federal President of the Liberal Party of Australia who really liked the book Concierge Confidential "about the bizarre and beautiful world of a large metropolitan hotel"? If so, then we know more about his literary tastes than his understanding of ccTLD issues -- because, according to Google, his name has never once been sullied by any connection with, or even proximity to, ICANN or a ccTLD. That's an achievement. Even Kevin Bacon, eponym of the legendary "bacon number" metric, gets 23 hits for ICANN and ccTLD.

    It's hard to say what the ccTLDs will think about that; but it seems like a sure bet that ICANN's next CEO likes it. Could governance be on ICANN's agenda for dealing with the ccTLDs, maybe? If so, then Mr. Staley will surely have much to learn from Mr. Kraaijenbrink.

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    Tony Staley and ccTLD Involvement
    by dpf (dpf@ihug.co.nz) on Wednesday March 12 2003, @08:37PM (#11315)
    User #2770 Info | http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/
    I also wondered who Tony Staley was, only knowing the one who is the former President of the Liberal Party of Australia. It transpires he is the appointee to the Non Com but he is involved with a ccTLD - in fact he is Chairman of the Board of auDA which manages .au TLD.

    The CEO of auDA informed me that he is "also the Chair of Australia's Telecommunications Ombudsman
    Council, Chair of the Australian National Museum, and holds various other appointments.
    He was the Communications Minister in the Federal Government in Australia in the 1970s and is a former President of The Liberal Party in

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    Godzilla and Kraaijenbrink
    by Anonymous on Thursday March 13 2003, @10:16AM (#11319)
    Putting Kraaijenbrink onto the chair of ICANN's governance committee is like putting Godzilla in charge of governing Tokyo.

    It is hard to imagine a worse choice. OK, Stuart Lynn might have been worse, maybe.

    Kraaijenbrink created many of ICANN's problems, My guess is that he will lead the committee to write a report that proclaims ICANN to be run with the wisdom of Solomon and staffed by angels.
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    by vbertola on Wednesday March 12 2003, @11:26PM (#11318)
    User #3435 Info | http://bertola.eu.org/
    Oh well, I tried "tony staley auda" and got 111 hits, of which the first confirms that Tony Staley has been co-opted into the Board of auDA in September 2000 to be then elected Chairman, and the second is this comment [auda.org.au].

    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)
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