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    Dyson Suggests Meaningless Input More Important than Board Seats? | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 5 comments | Search Discussion
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    by KarlAuerbach on Thursday February 06 2003, @08:23PM (#11108)
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    Having been on both sides of the fence, I can say categorically that having a vote as a Director of ICANN is a position of a lot more force than sitting in some "at large structure" that is a member of a "ROLO" that appoints a couple of members to an ALAC that then appoints a couple of people to a nominating committee that appoints Directors.

    The distance is about the same as actually eating a meal and watching someone eat on TV. The former is much more satisfying.
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    • Re:Huh? by Anonymous Friday February 07 2003, @07:45AM
    • Re:Huh? by Anonymous Tuesday February 11 2003, @03:18PM
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    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Monday February 10 2003, @04:26AM (#11132)
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    You can see Esther Dyson's response to this item on the GA list. Read the main part of Dyson's response [dnso.org] and also a short Dyson follow-up [dnso.org].

    The gist of her argument is that, "The ability to have input *when policy is made* - rather than later when it is voted on by the board - is very important, I believe. The board's votes are usually fairly general; all the details and nuances happen in the implementation, either in the policies that are put *to* the board, or the ones that are created afterwards at its direction. ... Having seats on the board is *also* a good thing, to be sure, and one that matters, but a few seats on the board would probably make less difference than some active involvement in committee work."

    To which I'd say, this shows a real disconnect from how ICANN actually works. Our experience shows that ICANN committees come in three flavors:

    1. a small number of technical non-political issues, where the Board follows the committtee recommendation;
    2. a large number of select committees (often "task forces") -- which are not open-membership working groups -- where the membership is stacked to ensure a certain point of view;
    3. recommendations the Board ignores (e.g. all the membership-related committees).
    How anyone can say committees matter when ICANN just ignored everything they had to say in the process of 'reforming' itself to give the Board the explicit power to ignore committees...I just don't get it.
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