ICANN's experience with picking noncom's is pretty telling. The one that
picked the candidates for the at-large last time was a stacked groups with
no one at all from the 'loyal opposition'. Not surprisingly they only
picked candidates friendly to management. And got pasted in both
N.America and Europe.
The NomCom for the IPR was selected in a manner that produced a group
unable or unwilling (by design?) to discharge its duties. No one has yet
appologized for this or even tried to explain it.
The Lynn plan is a non-starter for a large number of reasons, not least
mission gallop (also reflected in the Touton memo). But one of the
reasons it is hard to take it seriously is the failure to describe a
noncom procedure that is visibly fair, and not likely to be captured by
The IETF uses a nomcom that is randomly selected from members who attend
meetings and volunteer. Since ICANN has driven away so many of its
members, and since meetings are rare and in expensive locations, physical
attendence cannot be an element of selection for the nomcom. But nor can
the staff be allowed to have the power to stack the deck, as they have
amply demonstrated they are not able to discharge this function in a
competent manner. Who then?