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    Re:The board...functioned as puppets
    by Anonymous on Tuesday May 17 2005, @05:39AM (#15279)
    3- Joi Ito @ May 17, 2005 07:47 PM

    Michael, I've asked Elliot to try to answer your question since he will have a better answer than me.

    Giacomo, I have talked to a number of people about elections. One of the problems is that with a completely open election, it's very very difficult to make sure that it won't be captured by special interests. Unlike elections for a membership organization or a region, "everyone can vote" is very difficult to manage. I don't think the nomcom system is perfect either, but I haven't yet seen a plan for a general election that was convincing to me.

    I agree, "ITU is worse" is not a very good defense, and it is not the only issue. It is one of the issues though. I think more generally, more and more people are becoming stakeholders in the Internet and a consensus based open governance model will become exceedingly important. ICANN has the right architecture and if we can make it work, I think it will represent the optimal solution.
    4- elliot noss @ May 17, 2005 08:49 PM

    Michael, I have had a few similar questions and am checking in with the rest of the committee as there was going to be an FAQ prepared.

    The simplest answer would be to say people who combine an understanding of the Internet with a love for the Internet and bring credibility, intelligence and integrity to anything they do.

    For me, Joi is the role model for what the nominating committee is looking for.

    I would also note that this year there is probably more need to bring depth to the positions other than the board (gnso, alac).

    The gnso is the policy-making committee for all gTLDs. Alac is the group that is intended to represent user interests. It is an interesting creature in that it seems that users are more interested in the issue of having a vote than in actually participating in the governing process. Alac needs credible people who will represent the interests of users and help to bring additional participants into the process. An uphill battle and a thankless one, but absolutely important and necessary.

    More to follow.
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