[At-Large] ICANN Board Nomination

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Wed Aug 25 01:21:46 UTC 2010

> Hi, John, would you consider to run for this? You would be a great
> candidate. Have a second thought.

Thanks, I'd consider it, but I have two reservations.  One is that it's a 
huge time commitment, on the order of a half time job, and since I don't 
have an employer to subsidize me, I'm not sure I can afford the time.  If 
ICANN paid the rest of the board, like they now pay the chair, the pool of 
candidates would be much larger.  (In case anyone's wondering, it's quite 
typical for large organizations to pay their board members, either a fixed 
annual amount, or an amount per meeting.)

The other is that I'm not sure how electable I am, since I am from a 
rather over-represented geographic and ethnic group.


>> My main concern for a board nominee is to find someone with the personal
>> and organizational skills to be effective.  ICANN's board has long
>> standing problems both with internal dysfunction and a chronic inability
>> to supervise the staff.  To pick a couple of obvious examples, the board
>> has never spent the two minutes to pass a motion to appoint an ombudsman
>> as required by the bylaws (preferably someone other than Frank), and
>> although I don't have any direct insight into the dithering over .XXX, I
>> got the impression of a group that couldn't come up with a process to lead
>> to a result.
>> Avri's background is great, but I don't think I know her well enough to
>> say how she'd do in this particular maelstrom.

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