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RE: [alac] ICANN blows off Ed Hasbrouck

  • To: "Roberto Gaetano" <alac_liaison@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RE: [alac] ICANN blows off Ed Hasbrouck
  • From: Wendy Seltzer <wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 12:41:44 -0500

ICANN's position is absurd.

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for oversight of all of the activity of the organization, including the actions of staff. Without making any judgment on the merits of Ed Hasbrouck's case, the Board cannot excuse staff's failures (when such exist) by saying that they do not involve "decision or action by the Board." Failure to act or supervise when action is necessary is also "action."

Cal. Corp. Code 5210. Each corporation shall have a board of directors. Subject to the provisions of this part and any limitations in the articles or bylaws relating to action required to be approved by the members [OF WHICH ICANN HAS NONE, BY ITS OWN DECISION AT THE TIME OF INCORPORATION] (Section 5034), or by a majority of all members (Section 5033), the activities and affairs of a corporation shall be conducted and all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the direction of the board. The board may delegate the management of the activities of the corporation to any person or persons, management company, or committee however composed, provided that the activities and affairs of the corporation shall be managed and all corporate powers shall be exercised under the ultimate direction of the board.


At 12:22 PM 1/20/2006, Roberto Gaetano wrote:
What I do not like is that action from ICANN is required in order to have an independent review.
A reasonable approach would be that a person who feels materially damaged by an ICANN action could start the appeal, and then it would be a problem of him/her and the court of appeal to agree on format, receivability, applicability, etc.
Obviously, a discussion is going on in the Board at this time, and this is the position I am presenting (long term solution). For the short term, I would be inclined to recommend the Board to let the appeal go to the ICC for IRP, but I would like to see discussion going in ALAC before presenting a position.
ICANN BoD Liaison

From: "John R Levine" <johnl@xxxxxxxx>
To: "ALAC" <alac@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [alac] ICANN blows off Ed Hasbrouck
Date: 19 Jan 2006 23:21:27 -0500

Ed Hasbrouck writes about his latest correspondence from ICANN, in which
John Jefferiwes says that merely because Vint made a public promise to do
the independent review of .TRAVEL that Ed requested, as required by the
ICANN bylaws, doesn't mean that they actually will, or that if they did
they would do anything meaningful:


Also see Bret's comments, entitled "ICANN is Never Wrong":


John Levine, johnl@xxxxxxxx, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
Information Superhighwayman wanna-be, http://www.johnlevine.com, Mayor
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Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

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