I begin by endorsing the comments of Jan Aart Scholte, which express my concerns with more eloquence and depth. To reiterate my comments on our conference call: · I share Jan Aart Scholte's concerns about the accountability of the groups and how they’re selected. If we are not more specific, we can find ourselves in an infinite regression of groups that oversee the groups that oversee the groups that oversee the groups. It is important that we be more specific that in order to participate, the groups have to be able to demonstrate that their own mechanisms for internal governance and for keeping their membership fresh and independent are sufficient. If we do not set minimum requirements for what qualifies as a "community" with oversight authority, this will not have any meaning. · With regard to our frequent mentions of the importance of transparency, we also need to be more specific. We’re talking about organization that is core to the most transparency-friendly entity in the history of the world, and yet we don’t have any specifics about what the organization needs to do when there are say, for example, proposed bylaw changes, to make sure that they are widely disseminated.We need to have some specifics about making sure that they take specific steps to make sure that everything they do and everything that the advisory groups do is as widely disseminated as possible, even to the extent of outlining the minimums for social media reach and unique visitors to make sure that transparency is not just offered but is actually implemented. · We provide for changes in the by-laws, but it may be that we would be better off making clear that core principles are not subject to change. The ultimate goal of the organization is to act in the interest of the public as a whole, without special treatment of any business, private entity, individual, or government. The inherent founding principle that this entity exists for the overall public good and not for the commercial benefits of any individual or group should be a core principle that cannot be changed, no matter how many people go for it.