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Summary and Analysis of Comments on Revised Bylaws Amendment

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  • Subject: Summary and Analysis of Comments on Revised Bylaws Amendment
  • From: Patrick Jones <patrick.jones@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 11:04:34 -0800

Summary and Analysis of Comments For:
Revised Proposed Bylaws Revision from ICANN Nominating Committee

19 December 2008

ICANN staff has prepared this summary and analysis of comments received on the 
proposed Bylaws amendment from the 2008 ICANN Nominating Committee to update 
the diversity requirements for selecting ICANN Board members to include 
domicile with country of citizenship. The comment period ran from 17 November 
to 17 December 2008. The original comment period ran from 23 September to 23 
October 2008. 3 comments were received during the second comment period.

15 comments were received from 14 individuals (1 individuals commented twice) 
on the original Sept-Oct comment period, summarized at 
http://forum.icann.org/lists/nomcom-bylaw-revision/msg00015.html. The public 
comments on this forum are archived at 

David Archbold commented, "As I was critical of the previous draft amendment, I 
should record that I have no objections to the current version." See 

Eric Dierker wrote that "citizenship should be a requirement....perhaps by-laws 
should be more concerned with an outreach and less concerned with restrictions. 
The restriction of citizenship reflects the necessary commitment to the 
region." See http://forum.icann.org/lists/nomcom-bylaw-revision/msg00017.html

Carlton Samuels wrote that he thought the proposed amendment was flawed, but 
suggested adding domicile as another condition. "If we would wish to address 
the matter of persons of dual citizenship serving in the context of Board 
diversity, then it would be far more useful to keep citizenship and ADD 
domicile as a test condition, with a greater weight given to citizenship." 
Carlton also raised an issue of diversity of ICANN staff. See 

Next Steps

The Board will consider the public comments along with the proposed Bylaws 
amendment at its next available Board meeting.


David Archbold
Eric Dierker
Carlton Samuels

Original Comment Period Contributors
Andrew Mancey
David Archbold
Michele Neylon
Robert Guerra
Alan Levin
Jeff Williams
Elisabeth Porteneuve
Jason Butcher
Ole Jacobsen
Eduardo Diaz
Thomas Roessler
Vijaya Sree Nidadhavolu
Khaled Koubaa
Clarke Walton (on behalf of Registrars Constituency)

Patrick L. Jones
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Support to ICANN Nominating Committee
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers
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Marina del Rey, CA 90292
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