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A reminder to the ICANN Board...
We would like to remind the ICANN board of the following:
1. They are an interim/initial body. They were not appointed for any
purpose except to develop the structure of the corporation.
It is not proper for the interim/initial board to adopt substantive
policies or to tie the hands of the subsequent board by entering into
long term contracts.
In particular, it is not proper for this board to adopt policies that
exclude, probably forever, the participation of individuals from the
Supporting Organizations, or to adopt policies amounting to nothing
less than a commercially biased, supranational law of trademark and
Substantive and effectively irreversible decisions such as these are
the province of the permanent board, a board that would include members
elected by the general membership.
2. ICANN is obligated by its organic documents to operate in an open,
transparent, and accountable manner.
Closed board meetings are neither open nor transparent. Such
meetings utterly vitiate the concept of accountability.
ICANN should never again hold a closed board meeting except when it can
demonstrate that the subject being discussed pertains to personnel
Any board member who feels that he or she can not conduct business in
the open, who is not willing to take public responsibility for his or
her decisions should step down so that someone who is able to fulfill
ICANN's fundamental obligations of open, transparent, and accountable
operation can take the seat.
Karl Auerbach <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ellen Rony <email@example.com>
Mikki Barry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dan Steinberg <email@example.com>
Chris Wellens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
David J. Steele <email@example.com>
Wes Monroe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Richard J. Sexton <email@example.com>
Patrick Greenwell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
David Schutt <email@example.com>
Eric Weisberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Joop Teernstra <email@example.com>
Jay Fenello <Jay@Iperdome.com>
Gordon Cook <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Image Online Design, Inc.
Personal Domain Name Holders Association (PDNHA)
Democratic Association of Domain Name Owners
Domain Name Rights Coalition (DNRC)