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    Re: Conflict of interest on .org? The problem of m
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday May 14 2002, @03:43PM (#6337)
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    This is outrageous. It calls for nothing short of Mr Blokzijl's immediate resignation from the Board. It also calls into question the judgement of the rest of the Board. Were they unaware that Mrs. Blokzijl, registered as a NeuLevel representative, was related by marriage to Mr Blokzijl, a Board member? If they were unaware of that they must have been willfully blind. If they were aware of that it is their duty as Directors to deal with the conflict of interest. Instead they chose to acquiesce in this hijack.

    This is a clear (but far from the only) case of ICANN's web of corruption. All that is left is for the USG (or a lawsuit by an aggrieved party) to finally kick in the rotted door. -g

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    Re: Conflict of interest on .org? The problem of m
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday May 15 2002, @07:15AM (#6371)
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    Anon writes:
    I don't believe for one moment that Rob would in any way let his wife's employment with NeuLevel affect his opinion on .org.
    You miss the point. As Bret Fausett pointed out on the GA list, under ICANN's Conflict of Interest policy [emphasis mine]:
    2.2 Family. The "family" of any individual shall include only his or her spouse [...]

    2.3 Financial Interest. A person has a "financial interest" if the person has, directly or indirectly, through business, investment or family: [...]
    (d) An existing or potential ownership or investment interest in, or compensation arrangement with, any entity whose business or operation has been or will be directly affected by a decision or action of the Corporation.

    Rob Blokzijl is allowed to have opinions on .org, but in an instance where he may benefit financially from a decision reached, he must keep them to himself, that is, recuse himself from discussions and votes. I am now going back through various minutes looking for other instances of Rob Blokzijl taking part in other discussions or votes which may also be at odds with the policy. ICANN is very sloppy about recording votes (I can now see why), so it won't be the whole story.

    And no, SFAIK I haven't met Lynn or Rob. Whether I've met them, or you've met them, or they're honest and hardworking people is completely immaterial. But seeing as you brought it up, if Rob Blokzijl is honest, why didn't he say:

    I oppose limiting the .org redelegation to non-profits. That would leave out the company which employs my spouse.
    which would have been a fully honest statement. He took part in discussions at length so certainly had the opportunity to do so. I will grant you that, in this instance at least, Rob Blokzijl was hardworking. -g
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