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Accountability Comment OBE at the Seoul Public Forum

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  • Subject: Accountability Comment OBE at the Seoul Public Forum
  • From: "Burr, Becky" <Becky.Burr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 05:36:14 -0400

I intended to make the following comment in the public forum in Seoul
this morning (29 October):
 
As Marilyn Cade said earlier in the forum, ICANN needs to act on
accountability before it can review its accomplishments in this area.
If anyone doubts the need for ICANN to develop accessible, practical,
affordable accountability tools, they should read the transcript from
the recently completed hearing in the first test of ICANN's existing
independent review process.  ICANN has not posted the transcript, but it
is available on the ICM website at www.icmregistry.com.
 
Last February, the President's Strategy Committee recommended creation
of an experts committee to develop accountability mechanisms for the
community's consideration.  The PSC recommendation reflected months of
work and significant community input.  Rather then implement that
recommendation, staff sought comment on bylaw changes to create a
deficient tribunal to replace the deficient independent review process.
The approach, described by staff as an implementation of the PSC
recommendations, was developed in a completely non-transparent process
and, according to the ICANN posting, without Board input. ("The Board
has not yet considered these proposals nor do these proposals represent
the views of the Board."
http://www.icann.org/en/jpa/iic/iic-the-way-forward-31may09-en.pdf
<http://www.icann.org/en/jpa/iic/iic-the-way-forward-31may09-en.pdf>  )
 
I hope members of the ICANN community can overcome comment fatigue and
let the Board know by 27 November that it should reject the staff
proposal and implement the PSC recommendation to create an experts
committee.  
 
Becky Burr


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