Principles of the At-large Membership
Recommendations of the Membership Advisory Committee
with explanatory commentary
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Comments received by midnight, U.S. West Coast time, May 21, will be considered by the ICANN Board of Directors in advance of any action on these matters at the ICANN meetings in Berlin. The ICANN Board will also consider comments made at its public forum on May 26 in Berlin. (For details see http://www.icann.org/berlin-details.html.)
1. At-large membership should primarily represent those individuals and organizations that are not represented by the Supporting Organizations (SOs). The goals of the at-large membership are as follows:(a) to include any Internet user with access and verifiable identity in order to reflect the global diversity of users (membership should not be limited to IP address or domain name holders),2. At-large membership is open to both individuals and organizations, however, no organization that has a right to designate or otherwise directly vote for an SO Director may register as an at-large Member. Organization shall mean any institution officially recognized as a legal persona under the laws of the nation where it claims legal residence. Individuals who are members of the SOs or their constituencies are welcome to join the at-large membership. The most feasible protection against capture by interests that are not representative of the the user community at large is to enroll as many Members as possible.
(b) to elect Directors to the ICANN Board by procedures that are valid and authentic,
(c) to ensure that ICANN's corporate structure operates for the benefit of the Internet community as a whole, is not captured, and continues to provide fair and proportional representation of the entire user community,
(d) to provide input from the user community to the ICANN Directors and
(e) to do so in a cost-efficient manner.
5. Membership shall expire 30 days after the annual election of Directors and must be renewed annually. Unless otherwise specified, renewal will generally be effective upon electronic confirmation by the member of the accuracy of existing registration data. Members shall be required to notify ICANN of any changes of address (e-mail and postal) during the term of membership. Failure to do so may result in deletion from the membership list or ineligibility to vote. 1 above. ICANN may take reasonable steps to assure that these goals are met. Members who submit fraudulent or inaccurate data shall be deleted from the membership list. Multiple applications from the same organization or individual shall be deleted from the list. 12 below, in a true, accurate and timely fashion.
- physical mail address
- e-mail contact (preferably an individual account)
- an organization shall also provide the name of its voting representative, that representative's e-mail address, and evidence of legal identity
12. Candidates for ICANN at-large Director shall provide the following documents prior to the final date for submitting nominations:
13. ICANN shall post the list of candidates and the data in items numbered 8 - 10 in Section 12 on its web site no later than 30 days prior to the election. ICANN may elect to provide online discussion fora or other formats for purposes of the campaign debate.
- proof of identity
- proof of citizenship (necessary to determine regional representation)
- proof of membership
- proof of adulthood as defined in the nation of the candidate's citizenship
- agreement to be online and accessible to the membership via the Internet with sufficient frequency to fulfill the responsibilities of office
- agreement to provide adequate personal time to fulfill the responsibilities of office
- agreement to provide for translations to and from the candidate's language into English as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of office (although it is hoped ICANN will provide translation of all its materials as soon as that becomes economically practicable)
- biographical information not exceeding 250 words
- statement of positions on issues not exceeding 250 words
- statement identifying sources of income, financial interests, and other possible conflicts of interest
Commentarya) unless authorized in advance by the Board of Directors, no two Directors from the same SO may be from the same region, and17. All general meetings of the at-large membership shall be open to the public and minutes thereof shall be kept and promptly posted on the ICANN web site.
b) the at-large Directors must include at least one from each region and may have no more than 4 from the same region, and
c) as a consequence of establishing independent regional requirements for each component of ICANN, the cap on the aggregate total of all Board Directors from one nation should be eliminated.
Note: The Membership Advisory Committee is still examining the assignment of nations to regions as discussed in Article V Section 6 of the ICANN bylaws.