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Re: [NA-Discuss] ALAC Review Draft is published

  • To: Dominik Filipp <dominik.filipp@xxxxxxxx>, ALAC draft review pub comments <alac-dfir-2008@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] ALAC Review Draft is published
  • From: "Jeffrey A. Williams" <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 18:17:56 -0700

Dominik and all,

  Excellently worded response and opinion.  I and our members
fully agree with your conclusion.  Lack of accountability built
into the ICANN structure has always been, and remains the
most debilitating and far less than adequately effective problem
with ICANN.

  It also appears that the ALAC structure suffers from the same
problem ICANN itself does, and shall continue to do so as long
as it doesn't address, represent, and be held accountable to users.

Dominik Filipp wrote:

> Indeed an interesting document..., the following words can immediately
> be carved in marble
> "In our experience, effective Boards make most of their decisions
> through a consensus-building process, rather than the mechanism of a
> formal vote. If the ALAC Board Liaison had a right to vote, this might
> lead to a reduction in consensus-building in favour of a more
> confrontational, majority-seeking approach."
> There are six out of fifteen board voting members from Adress, Generic
> and Country-Code Names Supporting Organizations each having two votes.
> Does this mean that At-Large supposed to represent wide user community
> could be considered more confrontational than three tiny, more or less
> closed societies existing solely within the ICANN structure? And who
> could be seeking a majority approach if not a body that is inherently
> established and developed for the purpose of advocating the interests of
> the vast majority of internet users in a transparent manner? Registries
> or registrars? Or other appointees nominated by another opaque body such
> as NomComm? In fact, all, or almost all board positions should be
> nominated by At-Large community ensuring the directors stay accountable
> and under continual control of the community they have risen from.
> A ridiculous, upside down logic. I would personally recommend that
> At-Large refuse the draft document as a whole due to a false logic it is
> based upon.
> Dominik
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