[At-Large] Questions regarding nomination and board positions

Manuel Schneider manuel.schneider at wikimedia.ch
Mon Aug 23 17:52:22 UTC 2010

Dear all,
dear staff,

thanks for the ICANN usb stick with documents. It was very interesting 
to look through them.

I'd like to take this opportunity as a newbie to ask some questions to 
which I didn't find answers yet in the ongoing discussions on the 
mailinglist as well as in the documents I got.

To introduce our ALS and myself, I am contact person for the newly 
recognized ALS Wikimedia CH, one of the national chapters of the 
Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation behind the Wikimedia 
projects such as Wikipedia, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wiktionary etc. Myself 
is a studied IT engineer with an interest in free and open source 
software and corresponding social movements. As I am running a 
serverhosting business since eleven years I had to deal with ICANN's 
topics before, while I was never involved in ICANN before we decided to 
become an ALS with Wikimedia CH. Within Wikimedia I am working with 
Wikimedia Deutschland (as I am german) and am a founding member of 
Wikimedia CH (as I live on the boarder to Switzerland). Beside technical 
interest (hosting Wikimedia platforms for chapters in Switzerland, 
Austria and Israel) my main interest is the multicultural aspect of 
Wikimedia and running global projects be it organising conferences, 
spreading Wikimedia content in the global south or developing the 
Wikimedia organisation.

As a newbie to ICANN I am still interested and curious in the mechanics, 
roles and goals of the different ALSes and holder of the various ICANN 
positions. So I am trying to follow the ongoing discussions, which is 
not very easy.

These questions refer to both upcoming elections in the EURALO and ICANN 

* what are criteria to be nominated or elected into one of these board 
positions? Can someone point me to a document where they are described?

* what kind of persons are supposed to be nominated / elected into these 
board positions? Are you looking for experienced ICANN / ALAC members or 
persons rooted in the community, defending interests of the users, like 
a counterweight to the commercial background of other board members?

* how is a board mandate handled? Is this a political mandate which 
requires the feedback to and from the community or is it a personal 
position where board members represent themselves and are only 
accountable to their own conviction?

* how are the selected candidates validated? How are nomination - 
self-nominations and such by other members - handled? Is there any 
difference, is there any consideration of RALO recommendations?

What I wonder is how I as a newbie can choose a trustworthy candidate 
who represents my ALS and our community to which we feel accountable to. 
Maybe the answers to the questions above will shed more light on this 

Thanks a lot,


Manuel Schneider

Wikimedia CH - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
Wikimedia CH - Association for the advancement of free knowledge

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