Some points here need clarification. Bracketed from the evidence
available on the site. Some personal questions follow, below. > notes a quote form
the introductory text, provided ex integro on the site, cut here for reasons of space,
in no way altered. SC stands for Study Committee[Editing in square brackets].
is to be done__
> A comprehensive study of the concept, structure
and processes relating to an "At Large" membership for the Corporation.
that encourage the participation of organisations world-wide,
> a "clean
sheet" study: previous decisions and conclusions regarding an "At Large" membership
will be informative but not determinative, and that the study will start with no
preconceptions as to a preferred outcome.
__Why this Forum__
> The staff has
not until now been able to produce a suggested template for the At Large study called
for by Section 5. [They opted for] a solution to this problem that will enjoy broad
consensus support throughout the Internet community.
> the Board should either
establish the SC or, if persuaded by the public comments to adopt some different
approach, take such other action as is appropriate to initiate the At Large study
process required by Article II, Section 5 of the Bylaws.
__Scope of the study__
Whether the ICANN Board should include "At Large" Directors;
If so, how many such Directors there should be;
3. How any such "At
Large" Directors should be selected (choose one)
by an "At Large" membership;
3.b Appointment by the existing Board;
3.c Selection or appointment by some other entity or entities;
Any combination of those options;
4. If 3a, the processes and
procedures by which that selection will take place;
5. What the appropriate
structure, role and functions of an "At Large" membership should be.
Following the public comment period, [this forum, ending 27-12] but no later than
January 15, 2001, the Board should either establish the SC or […] to adopt some different
__Timeline of the study__
a. SC to report at the first ICANN meeting
(Melbourne, Australia on March 10-13, 2001), on the schedule and process it thinks
is necessary to accomplish its mission,
b. Results of the study presented to the
Board no later than the second quarterly meeting of the Corporation in 2001;
the Board shall review the study,
c. propose for public comment whatever actions
it deems appropriate as a result of the study,
d. on a schedule that would permit
the Board to act no later than the Annual Meeting of the Corporation in 2001
action in this sense should be implemented on a schedule that will allow any new
"At Large" Directors to be seated no later than the conclusion of the Annual Meeting
of the Corporation in 2002, […] a ICANN Board decision that can be fully implemented,
as required by the current bylaws, no later than the ICANN Annual Meeting in 2002.
> actually works mechanically,
> generates broad
consensus support for the solution as a
> workable and appropriate mechanism
for broad Internet community input into the ICANN consensus development process
the result must satisfy the legitimate desire of the broad Internet community to
have meaningful input into ICANN processes and decisions.
__The study should be__
(and be perceived to be) open and inclusive
> managed in a way that promotes
the development of consensus, not a battle of competing designs;
of the Study Committee__
1. Research group separate from the ICANN Board.
The SC should be a relatively small group (perhaps 5-9 people),
3. SC representative
of the Internet community as a whole.
4. One member of the SC should be a sitting
ICANN Board member, bringing to the SC the history and experience of ICANN's efforts
to deal with this issue.
5. The remaining members of the SC should, to the extent
practical, reflect the breadth of relevant interests in the Internet community, including
5.1 non-commercial interests,
5.2 commercial interests,
5.3 public bodies
(governments, treaty organisations or other multi-national organisations),
the technical community, and
5.5 the general user community.
6. One member
who is expert in election issues generally.
7. SC should, again to the extent
practical, also be geographically representative.
8. The Board solicit recommendations
from the community for appropriate members of this Study Committee, and in particular
for a Chair (or co-Chairs) whose reputation(s) will help to generate confidence in
the objectivity of the effort.
9. An Executive Director who
9.1 would undertake
the day-to-day staff work, under the direction of the Study Committee,
purposes of funding and administration, should report to the ICANN CEO;
all other respects, should report to the Study Committee Chair.
__ How the SC
10. The SC should find a consensus solution to this problem that will provide
a mechanism for appropriate input by the general Internet community while also permitting
effective and efficient management of ICANN and the achievement of its specific technical
and administrative mission. [See questions reported above].
11. SC should provide
a report on the consensus position in the community, if one has been generated, on
each of these questions, along with a clear explanation of the rationale underlying
12. SC should function as a true consensus development body, seeking
input from all and attempting to facilitate the creation, from all of those participating,
of a true consensus solution to this problem.
13. SC commissions or undertaking
any studies or analyses it thinks appropriate or necessary,
14. SC should also
facilitate and encourage broad participation by multiple other groups,
by encouraging them to undertake (at their own cost) their own analyses and submitting
those to the SC for its use. Any independent studies that are undertaken should,
to be most useful, document the process, input and nature and extent of support for
any particular proposal.
14.2 by encouraging their participation
in any public forums or other meetings that the Study Committee might sponsor. The
SC should provide multiple mechanisms for input from the community, including bulletin
boards, mailing lists, and perhaps (in its discretion) one or more public meetings.
15. The SC should seek to facilitate the transformation of the various inputs
that it receives toward a recommendation that could receive broad support throughout
16. The SC should seek to facilitate consensus in any other appropriate
way, including the preparation and distribution of concept papers and the promulgation
of specific questions and other inquiries to those participating in this effort.
Assuming it is able to identify a consensus, the Study Committee should report and
document that consensus, and accept and evaluate any public comment on that preliminary
18. Following it the SC should report its findings to the ICANN Board,
and simultaneously post that final report for public comment.
19. Following receipt
of the SC's report, the ICANN Board should receive and evaluate any public comments
on that report, and devote a minimum of one full day at one or more quarterly Board
meetings to public discussion and debate on the report and its suggestions.
Following it, the ICANN Board should take such actions as it deems appropriate to
recognise any community consensus that exists on this subject, and in particular
to amend its bylaws and/or take any other steps necessary to provide an appropriate
mechanism for input and involvement by the general Internet community in the ICANN
consensus development process.
> Multiple independent studies
---> funding requirements will be dispersed to some extent;
> SC itself
will still require significant resources.
> There are no funds in the current
ICANN budget for this purpose.
> Internet community to make suggestions
for how the SC's work be funded in the comment period recommended below.
SC is required to include in its Melbourne report a recommended budget (and suggestions
for the source of any funds not at that time already committed) for the completion
of its work from that point.
are some points for discussion, crucial for the meaning of this Forum (not to loose
our time) and the proposed study (not to loose a meaningful representation of 'At
1__ Is the outsourcing of the study a way to blind the process,
or is it a genuine attempt to have an independent report? Does the lack of funding
influence this choice, or is it an attempt to provide the major corporations (who
have money to spend on a report) an assist (you play hockey, don't you)?
you know anybody you would nominate for the Study Committee? If so, do it now, for
this is one of the aims of this Forum! Study Committee is crucial for future representation
of at Large. It filters (consensus, oh dear) proposals from, possibly corporate rather
than plain users.
3__ What are the steps ICANN is taking autonomously in order
to get the report done? Who will decide who is on the Study Committee?
there any call for proposal on relevant, academic and organisational mailing list
to get researchers involved in the evaluation process? Is there any real interest
in the Academic and-or Internet community to compile a set of recommendations?
a work of this kind feasible in the short run? And without funding?
6__ Is it not
a matter of political choice what kind of representational system to set up? Literature
abounds on the topic of constitutional engineering (Sartori docet), but the main
lesson there is an old one about aims and means… What are the aims of ICANN representation,
is that open to negotiation? Apparently, from the text it is. Let's hope.
anyone want to work overtime, for a couple of weeks, and get out some ideas on the
feasibility of this study? Or on a co-operation for sending someone worth to the
SC? If so, feel free to contact me Wainerl@tin.it, it would be good fun, to hack
a fair representation system :)