[At-Large]  TR: ANNOUNCEMENT : Results from Round 2 voting for At-Large selected Board Member for seat #15 of ICANN Board
karl at cavebear.com
Wed Dec 1 21:10:16 UTC 2010
On 12/01/2010 12:31 PM, Avri Doria wrote:
> Additionally, I have spoken to various Board members who sit and
> observe working groups. Almost to a man, I think it was all men,
> they indicate that while they can watch, they do not feel they can
> speak, except perhaps to ask a question, and even that is rare
When I was on the board I used to get the evil eye from the board's
chairman when I would ask questions. He tolerated it - what else could
he do - but few others were willing to risk a disfavoring look from the
chair. Given that meetings are tightly scheduled it takes a bit of
chutzpah to stand one's ground and ask questions while the clock ticks away.
A board member's duty is to make decisions (including the decision not
to cast a vote) that are the result a logical process that is both
informed of the fact and independent of what others may chose to do.
Given the ambiguities of language, not to mention the complexity of
issues, I do not see how any board member can fulfill that duty without
asking questions - lots and lots of questions.
Questions don't always end in a question mark - I found that giving an
opinion of my own is often a better way to elicit a reasoned response
than was asking a question: people often tend to be more articulate and
comprehensive when they sense that they are defending something.
There are other things a board member ought to know, but that ICANN is
unlikely to tell 'em - for instance, a board member *may* chose to rely
on corporate counsel but the board member is not required to do so,
particularly as corporate counsel is counsel for the corporation - and
owes his/her duty to the corporation - and not counsel for the board or
the individual board members.
Remember, a board member has the legal right - a right that I went to
court to prove to ICANN - to inquire into any and all parts of the
I also suggest that board members become familiar with the US law about
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