I mean no disrespect to Karl, whose costs in serving the internet community can never be repaid, but I think he has missed my point.|
For ICANN to adequately handle its duties it doesn't need an ever burgeoning staff, nor do I think it needs even ten Directors, five or seven would be plenty. The more staff and Directors there are, the more ICANN gets into areas it has no business in, idle hands are the devil's workshop. For example, instead of a few hours spent keeping ccTLD records current, we have countless hours and money spent trying to extort 'pay and obey' contracts, and the necessary work still doesn't get done. How would adding more staff, even if controlled by Directors, change that?
If ICANN's BoD is dominated by its staff as Karl alleges (and as I have always maintained even prior to Karl's term(s) ), then what is to stop their new staff from also dominating them? If they cannot control their current staff, how can adding more staff solve, or even lessen the problem? I am not opposed to ICANN directors receiving some sort of honoraria, but $50k is not a reasonable figure by an order of magnitude.
Stop or severly curtail global junkets, stick to necessary tasks, get rid of unnecessary staff and a majority of Director positions, and ICANN would function much better and much more cheaply. On this issue I think Karl is going in the wrong direction. -g