[At-Large] ICANN Board Nomination

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Tue Sep 14 19:16:49 UTC 2010

It's true, being an ICANN board member is not supposed to be one's day 
job, but to do a good job as a board member takes an enormous amount of 
time, so it is in practice one's day job whether or not it is supposed to 

By not paying board members, ICANN restricts board membership to people 
whose employers pay for their time on the board, who are rich, or I 
suppose who are willing to have their families live on what little money 
they can make in the time left.  The issue isn't whether board members 
would do it for the money, the question is whose money will be supporting 
them.  I think, for example, that it is great that Google was willing to 
pay for Vint to be the board chair, but the conflict of interest is 


On Tue, 14 Sep 2010, Vanda UOL wrote:

> Board payment is a difficult issue. In several not for profit organizations
> board member are receiving only by the days they fully dedicated to the
> organizations, (as happened to representatives and senators when they are
> called to participate during off days in a special meeting) and this would
> happen only during the meetings ( normally work starts on Saturday and ends
> at night at next Friday), and during the retreats.
> That the only occasions I can see remuneration for the board be approved
> while the organization is under the not for profit organization status &
> under California legal framework. They are compensate for their time. Some
> organizations also pays for the travelling days in a reduced basis.

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