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This is okay. If ICANN
didn't do it, someone would, and the most likely alternative would be collusion among
the largest registries.
If ICANN in its regulatory role wishes to maintain its
legitimacy, however, it must become accountable to the Internet community whose interests
it allegedly represents. In most regimes, regulatory commissions are accountable
to elected officials who appoint them. There are no electeds to appoint ICANN
board members. It follows that the path to legitimacy, for ICANN, is to elect
its at-large board members.
The board will suffer no dilution of knowledge
through elections, if the current at-large directors are a fair indication.
Rather it will gain legitimacy, the thing it needs the most right now as the U.S.
Department of Commerce, from which it draws its life, gets ready to undergo a very
big change. In a crisis, ICANN will have no one to call upon except its membership.
It should do everything it can to ensure that its members heed its call.