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    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Monday March 18 2002, @06:14AM (#5352)
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    Here's a note I sent to the GA list and Dr. Cerf on the topic of noncoms. Although Dr. Cerf has been answering a lot of the mail on that list, no answer on this one yet.

    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 management.

    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?

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