NCUC Chair Milton Mueller emphasized that the constituency needs to have clearly defined and well thought-out positions on this problem, which could be advocated both within ICANN and in WSIS and its Working Group on Internet Governance.
U.S. advocacy group Center for Democracy and Technology's Mike Steffen spoke of a "tough love" approach to ICANN, opposing subjection to teaditional closed, intergovernmental powers, offering support for ICANN's relatively open, multi-stakeholder, non-government dominated processes, while maintaining criticism of its flaws and biases.
As an action item, the group agreed to make a submission to the WGIG on process and policy regarding ICANN. This process will be used to develop and publicize a position. The submission will probably be developed jointly with the At
Large Advisory Committee.
The joint meeting agreed that with WSIS and WGIG putting pressure on
ICANN, now is the time to push for more adequate user representation
within ICANN. Even a revival of direct election of Board members was
It was also agreed that even without structural changes ALAC and NCUC should make
efforts to integrate and strengthen the civil society presence in ICANN
and to integrate it more with the civil society activity in the WSIS
One way to do that would be to strongly commit to having a joint ALAC-NCUC meeting at all future ICANN meetings. The meeting agreed
to do this.
Another mechanism would be to create mailing lists focused on broader
issues (e.g., privacy, multilingualism) that we could promote among the
civil society people involved in WSIS. They could participate in these
lists and become more familiar with the issues without having to commit
themselves to membership in NCUC or ALAC.