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Re: [Membership] [Comment-Mac] Re: Secret ballots

The AAA seems to be better known than ICANN by one very accessible
measure... Altavista hits

"American Arbitration Association"   8393
"Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers" 1589

I suggest we change the subject from roll call vs. secret ballot for a
moment and develop some potentially useful strawman estimates.

How many voters do you folks expect to see taking part in this process?
Less than the number of ICANN hits? More than the number of AAA hits?
How much should ICANN be expected to pay per election to process a vote?
How else could voting be funded? How many elections and how often?

Craig Simon

Kent Crispin wrote:
> On Wed, May 19, 1999 at 01:15:01PM -0500, Michael Graham wrote:
> > The American Aribitration Association IS the pre-eminent such
> > association, not only in the United States but to international
> > entities.  Its services are first rate and its guidelines are
> > acknowledged to be appropriate, fair, and time-tried.
> In your opinion.
> > However, I'm
> > not sure this would be the appropriate resource for this work.
> It is unfortunate that Eric blurted out his opinion without
> taking the time to research the AAA, then, isn't it?  And even you
> are blurting out an opinion without being sure, indicating that you
> maybe should go do some research.  Or maybe the point is that
> research is not the issue. ;-)
> > It is unfortunate that Kent blurted out an opinion without taking
> > the time to research the AAA.  We won't get far at all if we do this.
> Give me a break.
> 1) You have it backwards.  Eric proposed the AAA, it is up to him to
> make the case, and not just to me.  I conservatively estimate that
> worldwide, 999 out of 1000 people have never heard of the AAA.
> 2) It is not just a matter of trusting the honesty of an entity -- it
> is also a matter of trusting their competence.  Just on the face of
> it, arbitration is a very different competency than running secret
> ballots, as you hinted above.
> 3) The issue of competency becomes especially important when we talk
> about online voting, because then computer and network security
> become primary issues.
> 4) Roll-call voting doesn't take any research -- it is self-auditing,
> and its integrity as a voting mechanism is transparently obvious.
> This is a big advantage.
> --
> Kent Crispin                               "Do good, and you'll be
> kent@songbird.com                           lonesome." -- Mark Twain