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    Board of Directors Laugh (or Cry)
    Board Resolutions Don't Mean A Thing
    posted by michael on Thursday June 22 2006, @11:15AM

    Bret Fausett has the details, and they're worth reading, but the key point is this: On June 14, 2006, the ICANN Board passed a resolution solemnly promising to henceforth actually adhere to its bylaws obligation to publish minutes within five working days of Board meetings. And the Board told the staff to make it so:

    ...the Board notes that it had directed action and the staff has complied with steps for ensuring extra resources are being applied to this problem, so the Board is now confident that minutes will be dealt with, in a timely fashion.

    And, less then 48 hours later, the staff missed another minute-posting deadline.

    Of course, no heads will roll for this, they never do.

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    Just record 'em as MP3 files
    by KarlAuerbach on Thursday June 22 2006, @05:22PM (#16831)
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    Of course the easiest way would be to record the meetings and publish 'em as mp3 files.

    But the board, with its addiction to secrecy, has always declared, without recognizing the Orwellian irony, that openness would interfere with open and free discussions.

    First of all - if that's what the board honestly believes then it ought to amend the bylaws and remove the obligation to operate openly.

    Secondly, I can attest from personal experience that there is little free discussion on the board - the meetings are run as a sequence of serial monologs and there is almost never any actual focused interchanges on a topic.

    Third, having recordings might indicate how poorly most board members prepare - from my own experience on the board I can say that most board members treat their positions as some sort of honorific rather than a real job.

    ICANN's staff has so emasculated the board that board members feel afraid even to write down their own thoughts for the public to read!

    ICANN's board has demonstrated time and time again that it runs as a herd of timid sheep to wherever ICANN's staff points.
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