[alac] Re: [alac-admin] Re: Long but important, and action needed: Selecting the 2006 ICANN Nominating Committee
- To: Interim ALAC <alac@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: [alac] Re: [alac-admin] Re: Long but important, and action needed: Selecting the 2006 ICANN Nominating Committee
- From: Wendy Seltzer <wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 15:34:12 -0500
This timeline sounds as though it is too short for ALAC to get
meaningful participation from the numerous geographically diverse
groups it is supposed to represent. I can't see any way we could get
input from the at-large and appoint nomcomm members in time for
people from remote regions to arrange for travel to Vancouver in less
than a month. In that case, starting meetings in Vancouver will
marginalize at-large input from the start.
Can we hear from ALAC's other previous nomcomm appointees to see if
they agree with Bret that there is no need to start the process this early?
At 10:58 AM 11/8/2005 -0800, ICANN At-Large - Denise Michel wrote:
See note below from current NomCom chair that Vittorio and I
received today (it was sent to the chairs of all ICANN
constituencies/stakeholders). The bottom line is that he says
ICANN's Board has approved a meeting of the 2006 NomCom in Vancouver
and has asked that the 5 At-Large delegates be appointed (and secure
travel!) before 30 November (official start of ICANN Vancouver meeting).
Although the ALAC had a couple days head start in initiating its
delegate selection process, in my view, this 20-day notice that
2006 NomCom delegates need to be in Vancouver is unreasonable and
unfair to At-Large. It means that the 22+ At-Large Structure
groups in 4 geographic regions need to identify and come to
agreement on potential delegates, the ALAC then needs to conduct due
diligence on these recommendations and make its final selection (and
find a suitable North American delegate itself), and then these
individuals need to be contacted and need to make last minute
arrangements to be in Vancouver for a week. If all of this fails to
happen then, presumably, the 2006 NomCom will start its work without
the At-Large delegates.
I think this unreasonable timeline potentially undermines the NomCom
process and disadvantages At-Large, the ICANN group with the most delegates.
George Sadowsky wrote:
> I am writing to you as Chair of the ICANN 2005 Nominating Committee Chair,
> in preparation for the formation of the 2006 Nominating Committee, for
> which a Chair is in the process of being chosen.
> This summer the 2005 Nominating Committee made a recommendation to the
> ICANN Board of Directors to accelerate the start of work by future
> Nominating Committees by changing the schedule of events. An accelerated
> schedule would require that the Chair be selected at the earliest date
> possible, that the constituencies and supporting organizations are asked
> to provide representatives in a timely enough fashion that they can attend
> the ICANN meeting in Vancouver in November/December 2005, and that the
> Nominating Committee be provided with a mandate that allows its work to
> start as soon as possible, perhaps at the end of that meeting
itself. In particular, the recommendation was to:
> 1. Ensure that the Chair of the 2006 Nominating Committee is
selected and appointed by the (current) 2005 Board before the end of September
> 2005 (or as soon as practicable thereafter).
> 2. Ensure that the constituencies and supporting organizations are asked in
> September 2005 to provide representatives to the 2006
> committee, to be chosen and agreed upon by October 15, 2005.
> 3. Ensure that the future Chair and members of the 2006 Committee are
> invited to come to the Annual Meeting in November-December 2005.
> 4. Provide the appropriate mandate and ensure that the 2006
committee starts its work immediately after the conclusion of the
2005 Annual Meeting, and has its first face-to-face meeting in the
venue of the Annual General Meeting at that time.
> The rationale for our recommendations is as follows.
> The current schedule under which the Nominating Committee
operates is stressful and risks not providing sufficient time for
adequate information to be gathered for a thorough candidate
assessment. It was clear to those of us on the Committee this year
that the work program and product of the Committee could be
considerably improved if its work could start earlier.
> For example, this past year our realistic deadline for deciding
upon nominations was mid-September 2005, taking into account (1)
the WSIS Preparatory Committee Meeting the last two weeks of
September, (2) the timing of the Annual General Meeting in late
November, (3) the nominee vetting process that would have to take
place prior to the announcement, (4) and the requirement that the
nominations be announced one month prior to the Annual General
Meeting in Vancouver in 2005.
> It took until about mid-March before all of the members were
named by the constituencies and committees, and therefore we could
not really start meaningful work until then. The call for
Statements of Interest was posted near the end of April, with a
mid-June deadline. The deadline proved to be too soon to obtain an
adequate response, and had to be extended into mid-July. This
pushed the period for obtaining references and evaluating the
candidates into the summer vacation period and compressed it as
well. All in all, this resulted in a more crowded and less
supportive schedule for effective decision making than we would
have liked. Our recommendation was made in order to relieve
future committees of this burden.
> The Board has accepted the recommendation for an accelerated
schedule as it is compatible with the presently valid bylaws.
> There are two significant advantages accruing to the proposed
changes. First, and the most important from our point of view, the
committee has three to four more months in which to solicit
nominations and contact references, which is really significant.
Second, and non-negligible, it is very likely (but not certain)
that the majority of those chosen for next year's Committee will
attend the Annual General Meeting in Vancouver in any case, thus
reducing travel requirements for committee members and lowering
costs both to ICANN and to other organizations for the first
meeting of the Committee.
> This decision has the following implications:
> 1. The Board will soon need to choose a Chair for the 2006 ICANN
Nominating Committee. I have been informed that this process is
already ongoing. The appointment of the new chair will presumably
become effective immediately after the close of the Annual General
Meeting in Vancouver, i.e. at the close of the Board meeting on
Sunday, December 4th.
> 2. All constituencies and Advisory Committees that are eligible
under the bylaws to delegate a person to serve on next year's
Nominating Committee should initiate a process to choose that
person now, and obtain his/her agreement to serve and to be present
> 3. The first face-to-face meeting of the 2006 Nominating
Committee will take place immediately after the close of the Annual
General Meeting. The Committee will meet on Sunday afternoon and
evening as well as all day Monday. These dates will be confirmed
as soon as Nominating Committee Chair has been appointed.
> 4. Members of the new Committee will be expected to come to
Vancouver for the Annual General Meeting, and to stay in Vancouver
through Monday evening, December 5th, to participate fully in this
first face to face meeting.
> Although this schedule puts substantial time pressure on all of
us in the near term, the benefits that will accrue the work of the
Nominating Committee, as well as to ICANN as a whole, are very significant.
> Now I have several requests to make of you.
> 1. Please acknowledge receipt of this message, and confirm that
you are the correct representative for your constituency. You are
on the addressee list for this message because you were the person
who provided me with the name(s) of your Nominating Committee
member for the 2004 Committee. If you are NOT the right person,
please send me the name and e-mail address of the correct person
with whom to correspond.
> 2. Please initiate promptly the process for selecting your
representative(s) to next year's Nominating Committee. Please
obtain the concurrence of the person selected, as well as his/her
assurance that he/she can participate fully in the complete first
meeting of the Committee during 4-5 December in Vancouver.
> The Nominating Committee of ICANN has a very special
responsibility to select leaders for the organization. It is
therefore incumbent upon the members of the Nominating Committee to
be well qualified, understand the organization and its place in
the Internet industry, and that are well qualified by virtue of
knowledge, experience, maturity and good judgment. this cannot be
a default selection; the representatives of the constituencies and
the advisory committees must meet as exact standards as we expect
of the leaders of our organization. Section 4 of Article 7 of the
ICANN bylaws states specific requirements for these representatives:
> "Delegates to the ICANN Nominating Committee shall be:
> 1. Accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity, and
intelligence, with reputations for sound judgment and open minds,
and with experience and competence with collegial large group decision-making;
> 2. Persons with wide contacts, broad experience in the Internet
community, and a commitment to the success of ICANN;
> 3. Persons whom the selecting body is confident will consult
widely and accept input in carrying out their responsibilities;
> 4. Persons who are neutral and objective, without any fixed
personal commitments to particular individuals, organizations, or
commercial objectives in carrying out their Nominating Committee
> 5. Persons with an understanding of ICANN's mission and the
potential impact of ICANN's activities on the broader Internet
community who are willing to serve as volunteers, without
compensation other than the reimbursement of certain expenses; and
> 6. Persons who are able to work and communicate in written and
> 3. Keeping these requirements in mind, please select
representatives meeting these criteria and provide me with the name
and contact information of your representative, if at all possible
by November 15, 2005, and ensure that your representative will be
in Vancouver during December 4-6 (as early as November 30th for
ICANN week if at all possible) for the initial meeting of the 2006
> 4. Please send the names and contact information of your
representatives both to me and to Donna Austin at donna.austin@xxxxxxxxxx
> I cannot stress enough the importance of meeting the above
requirements to the
> fullest extent possible. While there is the view that the past and present
> Nominating Committee members satisfy the criteria, it is incumbent on all
> constituencies and supporting organizations to search for the most mature,
> accomplished, and high-profile people whom they trust for this vital
> function of ICANN, those who in turn can search for and attract the most
> experienced and able candidates to the Board and other roles designated by
> the Nominating Committee.
> Both I and the new Chair of the 2006 Nominating Committee thank
you for your assistance in getting next year's Committee activities
off to a good start!
> Best regards,
> George Sadowsky
> Chair, ICANN 2005 Nominating Committee
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Wendy Seltzer -- wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
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