[EURO-Discuss] Public Comment: Community Input Requested on Academia Representation on NomCom

Christopher Wilkinson cw at christopherwilkinson.eu
Tue May 17 20:28:56 UTC 2011

Good evening:

Further to my message below of 2 May , and the discussion in the  
EURALO conference call earlier today, when it was agreed to process  
this issue through the bottom-up RALO procedure.
Accordingly, I would propose that At Large adopt the following text in  
response to the ICANN consultation about the Nominating Committee:

<< 	1.	The "academic" seat on Nominating Committee should not be  
deleted but reassigned in a way that would maintain the non-commercial/ 
commercial balance within the ICANN Nominating Committee.
		Also, the wide range and large numbers of academic Internet  
technologists and users, world-wide, should retain a fully justified  
and historically well-earned role within the ICANN community.

	2.	ALAC volunteers to undertake to fill this seat (in addition to the  
existing ALAC quota) on the following basis:

	-	priority would be given to accomplished and recognised people from  
the regional research/university networks, world-wide (e.g. Educause,  
Terena, and their colleagues in other regions.)

	-	geographical diversity would be maintained by rotation on a  
biennial basis.

	-	gender balance in the ICANN Nominating Committee.

On this basis, ICANN would maintain the existing balance of  
representation and affiliation in the Nominating Committee and At  
Large would be able to contribute its wide range of contacts among the  
Internet community world-wide, including the academic community.	>>

As agreed at this afternoon's conference call, EURALO members are  
invited to make any comments to this text within 48 hours, i.e. by  
24.00 on 19 May 2011, following which EURALO would undertake  
appropriate consultation with the other RALOs concerned. Please  
indicate your agreement with a simple OK or +1. That is the difference  
between a positive consensus and a consensus by default!

Many thanks and Regards,

Christopher Wilkinson
ISOC-Wallonia ALS

On 02 May 2011, at 19:46, Christopher Wilkinson wrote:

> Good afternoon:
> May I draw your attention to the consultation about the ICANN  
> Nominating Committee, below:
>> http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-30apr11-en.htm
> Indeed it is not evident how the ICANN Board could identify a single  
> entity and a single individual to represent the global academic  
> community world wide.
> (I recall that the seat was filled for a time, in the past, by  
> <educause.edu>, although I may be mistaken. )
> Consequently, I have some sympathy with the proposed amendment.
> The proposed text is:
> <<Deleted: c. An entity designated by the Board to
> represent academic and similar organizations;>>
> However, the real question is how this newly vacant seat on NomCom  
> will be re-allocated, or not. The original intention expressed in  
> the ByLaws was that the academic user community world wide (there  
> are quite a lot of them) would have a voice and a vote in this  
> context.
> From the At Large point of view, deletion of this seat will  
> intrinsically shift the balance of opinion and votes in the NomCom  
> away from the user interest, albeit not radically on this occasion.
> Accordingly, I would suggest that an appropriate re-allocation of  
> the vacant seat be undertaken to maintain the present balance of  
> opinion and votes in the ICANN Nominating Committee.
> We may discuss - quickly - how this point might be made, either  
> through the Chair of ALAC or the Chair of EURALO.
> Alternatively, I shall respond personally to the consultation before  
> the deadline, 30 May, 2011.
> Regards to you all,
> Christopher Wilkinson
> ALS: ISOC-Wallonia
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: "ICANN News Alert" <communications at icann.org>
>> Date: Mon 2 May 2011 19:10:25 GMT+02:00
>> To: cw at christopherwilkinson.eu
>> Subject: ICANN News Alert -- Public Comment: Community Input  
>> Requested on Academia Representation on NomCom
>> News Alert
>> http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-30apr11-en.htm
>> Public Comment: Community Input Requested on Academia  
>> Representation on NomCom
>> 30 April 2011
>> On 21 April 2011, the ICANN Board approved the initiation of a 30- 
>> day period of public comment to obtain community input to inform  
>> the BGC's future work on the feasibility of identifying an entity  
>> to make appointments to the NomCom as called for in Article VII,  
>> Section 2.8.c of the Bylaws. The public comment will also address  
>> the potential proposed Bylaws amendments [PDF, 64 KB] regarding the  
>> removal of this Bylaws provision in the event that the public  
>> comment does not result in the identification of an appropriate  
>> entity or process for identifying such an entity.
>> Staff Responsible: Amy A. Stathos, Deputy General Counsel
>> Deadline and How to Submit Comments: The Staff is opening a 30-day  
>> public consultation forum, from 30 April 2011 through 23:59 UTC, 30  
>> May 2011, on this matter. During this period, the ICANN community  
>> and public are invited to submit comments via e-mail to academia-nomcom at icann.org 
>> .
>> To view comments: An archive of all comments received will be  
>> publicly posted at http://forum.icann.org/lists/academia-nomcom/.
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