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    Transparency
    by vbertola on Monday April 21 2003, @12:56AM (#11508)
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    Personally, I absolutely support the idea that the list of candidates under consideration should be public, and this is something that I and other members of the ALAC have been telling to several NomCom members in the last weeks. However, it seems that the NomCom's current decision is to not publish it, to increase chances of participation by well known people who might not like the idea of being discarded publicly. This is understandable, and yet I think that, given the very characteristics of this process, there is the need for absolute transparency, so I hope that in the future the details on process and nominations will be made public.

    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)
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    Let's stop the euphemisms...
    by KarlAuerbach on Monday April 21 2003, @12:08PM (#11510)
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    Let's stop the euphemisms and begin calling it what it is, the "Appointing Committee". The word "nominate" implies that there is another step in the process to transform "nominees" into sitting board members. There is no such step, the "nominating" committee does not nominate, it appoints.

    Beyond that - the job description put forth my the appointments commitee woefully understates the amount of work that it takes to be an informed (as apposed to a mindless rubber-stamp) board member. I figure that it takes 30 to 60 hours a week to keep up with what ICANN's staff is doing and to maintain contact with the Internet community. With the number going up to about 168 hours per week during the time of a "public" board meeting.

    And the appointments committee does not inform applicants of the potential significant, indeed, huge, personal liability risks that come from being on the board of a non-profit corporation. That is why I strongly urge any potential candidate to seek advice from their personal legal advisor(s).

    I figure that being on the ICANN board has cost me perhaps $10,000 to $20,000 yearly in direct costs and at least several hundred thousands in lost opportunity costs. (At least one other director has put the cost at about $300,000/year in lost income. I find that number highly credible.)

    The Internet is far too important for the public interest to be represented through a part-time board of directors who do not have the time to form their own truly independent judgements and who do not have the information gathering and analysis resources to avoid having to slavishly accept the recommendations of ICANN's so-called "staff".

    The appointment committee tends to portray the job of an ICANN director as a kind of friendly collegial body in which the job is to occassionally peek at "staff" and provide a few gentle nudges of guidence.

    That is a misstatement of what a Board of Directors is. Instead, a Board is a place where alternative views are to be aired and resolved, even if that means that there is open disagreement and dispute. But for there to be a valid debate on the board, the individual directors must each be aware of the issues and not be utterly dependent on "staff" for information and analysis.

    Thus I believe that we ought to consider whether ICANN should pay a meaningful director's fee so that directors can afford to spend at least a few days a week on ICANN matters. Alternatively ICANN ought to provide directors with funds for each director to hire his/her own staffer.
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