http://www.shapirocohen.com/ To Whom It May Concern: Compensation of Directors of ICANN. I have long believed that Directors should receive monetary compensation for their services while active on the Board of Directors. I could write at great length on the subject but shall here only provide a point form list of reasons with minimal explanation/supporting argument. Should anyone wish to engage me in further discussion or debate I would be pleased to make myself available for same. Directors of ICANN should be compensated for one or more of the following reasons: 1)INEQUITY: While not the strongest argument, it is not unimportant that some Directors are compensated ,in the sense that their employers value their service with ICANN and therefore the time they devote is ''donated'' by their employer and their salary is unaffected. Others ,who are self employed ,willingly give significant amounts of time working for ICANN which time could otherwise be spent earning a living. In many cases the time ''lost'' while serving ICANN is simply unrecoverable. During my 4 years on the Board I was deluged with invitations to speak around the world about ICANN and the role of IP interests within ICANN.I felt it was part of my obligation as a Director to go to as many as I could. As a result ,between being on 3 Committees, attending telephone meetings, 3-4 Board meetings around the world each year, and travelling to various countries and events to speak about ICANN I spent 10,s of 1000,s of dollars out of pocket and lost approximately 1 million dollars of billable time over 4 years. I did this because of my strong belief in ICANN and I was 'happy' to do it as a volunteer (ICANN did not have a budget that could support this kind of activity and certainly some of it was my 'choosing' NOT necessity but a significant portion of my ICANNN time ...was part of being a Director..pure and simple. If you wish to be able to attract first rate Board members who are self employed some reasonable compensation including covering all reasonable costs is important. I might not have recovered all I chose to give but... if my true out of pockets were covered for anything I did with ICANN,s approval, and, I had received 75k a year it would have helped a lot. For MANY it would be the difference between being able to serve ,and "Not". 2)PERFORMANCE OF DUTIES: Once paid a Director may not fail to do his/her 'work' as a Director fully, thoroughly and on a timely basis. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing: Each Director must read the pertinent material provided by Staff, attend Board meetings regularly and participate actively in the affairs of the Board and of ICANN generally including fulfilling Committee work and some social obligations etc as set out by the Board. No longer will a Board member be able to say they are too busy and unpaid volunteers and therefore with regret can't/have been unable to, do the work or do it thoroughly etc. ,or miss meetings etc. 3)ATTRACTING CANDIDATES There are people who might make excellent Board members ,presumably many from developing countries, who could/can simply not afford to be Board Members unless they receive some compensation in addition to expense money. This is not speculation. I know a least one person who fits this description and I am assured there are MANY more. Notwithstanding the considerable cost to me I could for a variety of reasons afford to give my time to ICANN.I could not do it again. I am entirely certain there must be many self -employed persons ,and others very suitable as Board members, who could not devote the necessary time to be one, which is considerable, both in developed and particularly in developing countries, without significant compensation. While I favor compensation for the reasons set out above I would be unhappy if that was "the" reason People wanted to be on the Board ,or,if the Board became a Corporate style Board made up of people primarily from outside ICANN and with little feel or institutional history or real experience with ICANN. That would, I feel, be an end to what ICANN is supposed to represent namely an organization truly governed by the people 'using ' the resource. It would quickly evolve into a Trade Association of those in a contractual relation with ICANN. Other parties would be there but in such a diminished capacity as to be little more than 'resources' in relation to particular subject matter rather than as real participants in the overall Policy development process. We don't need another WTO with participation from outside the barbed wire fence Respectfully submitted Jonathan C. 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