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    Re:Sign me confused
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday April 22 2003, @05:25PM (#11515)
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    The *only* means of public oversight/accountability over ICANN is through ICANN's Board of Directors. This is why there is so much brouhaha over how Directors are picked.

    Yet, the Directors individually and the Board collectively are weak vis-a-vis ICANN's professional, full-time, paid staff. This means that directors and the board are usually at the mercy of "staff".

    I figure that if Directors were granted a Director's fee of somewhere on the order of $50,000 each - about $700,000 total for 14 directors (ICANN's president doesn't need this fee) that it would remove the need for a goodly chunk of existing ICANN "staff".

    ICANN needs to break the dominance of its "staff" - and if that requires creating a counter-staff that works for the Directors rather than vice versa, then I feel that that would be a good thing.
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    Re:Sign me confused by KarlAuerbach
    Re:Sign me confused
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 23 2003, @04:35AM (#11517)
    the duties of the ICANN entity has yet to be purely defined. Is it a policy entity (i.e. protecting IP interests), technical entity (i.e. ensuring data escrow procedures), or both?

    As Ira Magaziner put it, ICANN was intended to be "ambiguous" from conception and, as an entity, it has struggled as a result. Until the scope of ICANN duties are clearly defined, I am not sure how one can assemble proper budget analysis where certainly headcount (assigned tasks) is going to be a material portion of.
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    Re:Sign me confused
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday April 23 2003, @01:31PM (#11519)
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    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

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