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[Membership] Fwd: Re: The People's Republic of ICANN?

I suppose you intended your reply to go to the list.

>Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 20:18:19 -0500
>From: Diane Cabell <cabell@mama-tech.com>
>X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.06 [en] (Win95; I)
>To: Joop Teernstra <terastra@terabytz.co.nz>
>Subject: Re: The People's Republic of ICANN?
>X-Envelope-To: terastra@terabytz.co.nz
>Joop Teernstra wrote:
>> With all due respect: whose consensus ?
>> I recall the requirement for the MAC members to be ready to work in a
>> fishbowl environment of transparency.
>> Apart from your own postings, there has been very little evidence of other
>> MAC members involving themselves in the debate and providing argument for
>> or against a "people's Jamahiriya".
>> If I can hear good argument, maybe I can be convinced.
>> Now we hear about consensus.
>> Could we please hear from each MAC member how he/she voted on this issue
>> and why?
>> If "personnel" working in the Internet industry are now also to be
>> considered affected, how far is ICANN's  arm going to reach?
>> Together with the hiring of  Ogylvy as  Public Relations consultant, it
>> looks like an attempt to dilute the only group of stakeholders that would
>> *really* be interested to have representatives on the Board. (....)
>> Not only that, a new democracy stands a better chance of succeeding if it
>> is applied in smaller steps.
>> Once you have a fully functioning and well administered democracy of domain
>> name holders , with a proper representation of those millions of real
>> stakeholders, *then* you can take the next step and expand the democracy to
>> "all users".
>> IMHO, to try to implement an "all users" democracy all at once almost
>> guarantees it to be degraded to a sham.
>You could be right, Joop.  We are dealing in a highly speculative business
>I am speaking about the consensus that I have personally observed on the
>and in the few fora that I have personally attended.  Non-statistical sample.
>Not definitive.  I did not say that any vote had been taken and, indeed,
this a
>decision that ICANN will make, not me, not the MAC.  I intended to convey my
>sense that the position that domain holders were the only parties of
interest in
>matters pertaining to regulation of names, numbers and parameters is very
much a
>minority opinion based on the total numbers of comments that come my way.
>perhaps you are referring to the DNSO membership, not the At Large
>The fishbowl can be found at http://www.icann.org/membership-com.html and
>http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/rcs/ (see links under The Study).
>The proposal that the At Large membership be restricted to domain holders has
>been made before now.  It has not been neglected.  If there is a huge
>of support for it, I expect it will be voiced once ICANN seeks public
input on
>that decision.
>Diane Cabell