- To: bylaws-amend-al-director@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Comment
- From: Karl Auerbach <karl@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2010 11:48:34 -0700
Since I was a member of the ICANN review committee that suggested the
resurrection of public board members, I thought that I'd hold off my
comments until the last minute.
I find the proposed amendment troublesome.
The reason is simple.
In our committee report we were rather clear that the board seat(s) to
be created were to be filled by a process that included people from the
broadest range of the community of internet users.
In particular we said that the ALAC was not the equivalent of that broad
range but was but one element.
The proposed amendment disregards our finding and creates a process in
which the ALAC is the sole only way for the public to chose its director(s).
The ALAC is but a tiny part of the internet community. And the ALAC's
inability, despite seven years of ICANN money and staff support, has
garnered only a tiny membership.
There is considerable reason to believe that the ALAC is not considered
by many in the internet community as anything more than an
ICANN-sponsored club. Today's ALAC membership compares very poorly with
the over 200,000 people who came on board in a very short time and in
year 2000 when ICANN had an open process for the public to select board
The ALAC, like any body, is self protective of its role. As such it
will become a gauntlet through which only those who conform to the
ALAC's notion of ICANN orthodoxy will be named to fill the director seat(s).
For example, it is unlikely that any aspiring candidate who believes
that the ALAC should be dismantled and replaced with a more broadly
based and less Byzantine system would probably never be named by the
process envisioned by this resolution.
In effect this resolution creates another ICANN nominating committee,
but one that owned by the ALAC. That is not the kind of expansive
measure of the public that we intended when we recommended that ICANN
resume public board seats.
This resolution ought to be amended to make the ALAC but one source of
candidates for the public board seats. There should be a mechanism,
such as existed in year 2000, though which outside candidates can enter
the contest even if they are opposed by the ALAC.
A true measure of whether the mechanism for the selection of a public
director works is to consider this hypothetical: Suppose that 100% of
the community of internet users who are not members of the ALAC support
a particular candidate. And suppose that the ALAC opposes that
candidate. A good system would seat the person supported by the vast
majority of internet users. A poor system would be one that ignores
that vast majority and seats the candidate of the much smaller ALAC.
The current resolution does not pass that test.
Former (and only) publicly elected member to the
Board of Directors for North America
Member of the ICANN Board level committee to review public
(at-large) participation in ICANN.