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    NomCom Board of Directors
    The Worst Possible Appointment for NomCom Chair
    posted by michael on Tuesday October 21 2003, @04:41AM

    Of all the people associated with the ICANN process, one person stands out as the most defiant of the Board Squatters. One person stands out as the ICANN "board's supremo of hostility to public accountability." One person has been most active in trying to keep transparency to a minimum. One person has consistently been publicly contemptuous of the public interest representatives.

    And that person, Hans Kraaijenbrink, is the person ICANN just picked to Chair the Nominating Committee--the committee that, despite its name, actually selects new Board members.

    There could be no appointment more clearly calculated to send the proverbial finger to the public. Of course, now that ICANN is freed from the pesky constraints of accountability, it can make these appointments in secret meetings, with no advance public consultation.

    Of all the people on the planet ICANN could have picked for this job, there is no choice that could more clearly be calculated to send a clear message to end-users and to public interest groups: get lost suckers.



    Even Mike Roberts would have been a less awful choice, and that's saying a lot.

    So much for the new, improved ICANN 2.0.

     
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    Why?
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday October 22 2003, @11:16AM (#12514)
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    I notice from the minutes that the vote was 12:0.

    Directors are not supposed to be rubber stamps - they are obligated to have a concrete reason, a reason they can clearly articulate, for each vote, yes or now. (When I was on the board, I did this in my publicly accessible "decision diary" [cavebear.com].)

    I would like to hear from each sitting board member exactly why he/she chose to cast their vote in the way they did.

    Without such an explaination the internet community can only assume that the new directors are acting as mindless sheep, abrogating their obligations to make informed and independent decisions, and simply going in whatever direction they are nudged.
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