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    Membership Issues Bret Fausett's Modest Proposal: Bring Back Elected Directors
    posted by michael on Wednesday November 24 2004, @05:34AM

    Bret Fausett is the kind of guy who is considered reasonable by ICANN insiders, if not exactly necessarily 'one of us'. He's generally supportive of ICANN, but not uncritical at times. So it's interesting to see him making the following modest proposal in light of ICANN's budget metastasis:
    Is it time to bring back the election of At-Large Directors? I think so. I've been reading the ICANN Strategic Plan. It's a nice document. These are all fine goals. But when you step back from it and think about the totality of what ICANN is trying to do, you realize that ICANN hasn't made any hard choices about priorities. The new budget allows it to fund everything. So let's get back to the At Large. Remember, one of the reasons we abandoned the concept of global, online elections was because it wasn't "affordable" (see 'Whereas' Clause #14). The new ICANN, however, can afford it. So when can we start?

    There are of course many very difficult problems with online elections other than cost, notably the issues as to who votes and how one authenticates the voters. But Bret knows all this. His deeper point, I suspect, is that a fat ICANN is a fat target, and it would have been smarter to be thin and lean.

    But how often, despite the frequent lip service, has ICANN shown any signs of understanding this?


     
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    ICANN has already authenticated voters
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday November 24 2004, @08:45AM (#14467)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    ICANN authenticated by postal mail somewhere between 70,000 and 160,000 voters back in year 2000.

    By-the-way, it is still an open question whether ICANN has a California statutory body of members: See http://www.cavebear.com/icann-board/platform.htm#f ull-members [cavebear.com]

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    Even in Tiny Delaware....
    by jberryhill on Wednesday November 24 2004, @11:31AM (#14469)
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    Corporations with millions of shareholders manage to have elections, and it is neither a huge expense nor hassle.

    It is unfortunate that the discussion of elections and ICANN is always co-opted into various folks' pet notions of "internet users" and "global democracy" and other nonsense, while the people who ACTUALLY have something at stake - domain name registrants - continue to be denied a voice in the organization that determines the rules which govern the assets which make them, uh, domain name registrants.

    It's simple. One domain name, one vote. If ICANN can't figure out how to authenticate such a vote then it is high time for them to get out of the business of formulating policy for things like domain name transfers.

    Bret is a domain name registrant, which is a good thing. It would be a great thing to clear the decks of the Dudley Do-Rights of the ICANN policy world that have never registered nor managed a domain name.

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    Another reason to bring back elections: the ALAC..
    by Mueller ({mueller} {at} {syr.edu}) on Thursday November 25 2004, @08:31PM (#14484)
    User #2901 Info | http://istweb.syr.edu/~mueller/
    ...is a complete failure. ICANN spends over $150,000 a year on the ALAC, which seems to be stillborn, yet which is still cited in its Strategic Plan as the answer to public accountability.
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    Re:Write to Your ELECTED Officials
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Friday November 26 2004, @05:10PM (#14489)
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    None of those people are elected. They work in the executive branch. They are either appointed by the President, by one of his subordinates, or via he civil service system.
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    Re:Whois Lining Up for Another FREE Travel Junket
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Saturday November 27 2004, @01:13PM (#14493)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    Hermione Granger is a fictional character (from the Harry Potter series). Is there some point to this list of (not all real) names?
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