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    ICANN Staff and Structure Flashes in the Dark: Latest on ICANN CEO Sweepstakes
    posted by michael on Thursday March 13 2003, @01:48PM

    If you were trying to build support for the hypothesis that one of the key goals of the faction that controls the existing Board of Directors was to entrench their capture of ICANN, you would cite three things.
    1. The way in which the NomCom is selected to ensure a majority representing the existing dominant faction ... and that some existing Board members may continue to serve in the new ICANN
    2. That the current ICANN Board is selecting the new ICANN CEO instead of leaving that task to their successors;
    3. That the entire ICANN CEO selection is being done in secrecy.

    Yes, there's a valid argument that the selection is a "personnel" matter and thus confidential. But there are even more valid countervailing arguments, not least that the insular group that is the Board desperately needs input from groups with which they have a long history of failing to communicate.

    Of course, all this is beside the point. The fact is that the Board will continue to approach the CEO selection in its customary open and transparent totally secretive fashion, and we peons must while away the days waiting for that puff of white smoke by reading news accounts. Today's is the news that "(auDA) chief executive officer Chris Disspain says there is no truth in the rumour that he may be in line to become" ICANN's CEO.

    No such denials from Dr. Twomey, most recently quoted as saying "If you have any questions for ICANN you should refer them to ICANN."

    That same article, incidentally, quotes ICANN kingmaker Marilyn Cade, one of the chief architects of ICANN's capture by special interests, as all but endorsing Twomey. Sounds like he's in. (Oddly, thought, the article quotes Ms. Cade as saying that a " continues to be one of the important criteria for the president of ICANN," suggesting perhaps some dissatisfaction with the two somewhat thin-skinned leaders so far?)

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