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IP: ICANN creates election committees without public input?
From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 16:44:18 -0700

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 10:01:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Michael Froomkin - U.Miami School of Law" <froomkin () law miami edu>

As you may know, ICANN suddenly announced last week that it has formed
Election and Nominating Committees, without any visible public input.
The announcement is at
http://www.icann.org/announcements/icann-pr09may00.htm .

Commentary suggesting that there were a few flaws in the process can be
found at http://www.icannwatch.org

In response to this criticism, ICANN CEO Mike Roberts is quoted in today's
New York Times as saying that "Icann directors and staff worked hard to
consult widely in the process of forming these committees,"
http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/00/05/cyber/capital/16capital.html .

As far as I can tell, no one I know was consulted, and am I in touch with
a lot of people interested in ICANN.  My suspicion is that if ICANN did
engage in consultations at all they were limited to participants in the
late gTLD-MOU and/or representatives of large corporations.

In order to test this intuition, I would be very interested in hearing
from anyone who was actually consulted by ICANN prior to this
announcement, whatever their affiliation.

[This message is being cross-posted widely; please feel free to circulate
as appropriate until May 25, 2000]

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