NAIS Releases ICANN Study
Date: Friday August 31 2001, @01:59AM
Topic: Membership Issues

rob writes "The NGO and Academic ICANN Study (NAIS) has released its report on reforming ICANN to make it more responsive to the public interest, entitled "ICANN, Legitimacy, and the Public Voice: How to Make Global Participation and Representation Work." In brief, the NAIS report calls on ICANN to commit itself to including the public voice in three major areas:

  • ICANN should maintain a broad, open At-Large Membership, accessible to any Internet user with an interest in ICANN's activities.

  • The At-Large Membership must be provided with strong participatory mechanisms, to enable Members to have a persistent and continuing role in the dialogue and debate that are part of the ICANN policy process.

  • The Membership must also be strongly represented at the Board level through the direct election of a number of At-Large Directors equal to the aggregate number of Directors selected by the Supporting Organizations.
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    The report is available in PDF at: An Executive Summary of the report is also available, in Letter-sized and A4 PDF and HTML forms. Translations of the Executive Summary (Spanish, French, and Chinese) are currently in production. The NAIS team seeks public comments, which can be mailed to team leader Rob Courtney at

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