[At-Large] [lac-discuss-en] Public Board Meeting - the Update for Prague

Jacqueline Morris jam at jacquelinemorris.com
Tue May 1 00:16:55 UTC 2012

Minority maybe, but not alone.

Jacqueline A. Morris
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Free. (after Chris Lehmann )

On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM, Carlton Samuels
<carlton.samuels at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm sure I may be in the minority to bemoan the passing of the usual
> 'public' Friday morning ICANN Board meeting.
> Let us be clear I'm not just hopped off the truck here. I'm familiar enough
> with these matters to recognize it for what it is principally intended;
> theatre.  But in the ICANN context, even crafted theatre has its role.
> First, I truly believe that for a claimed multistakeholder organisation and
> while the 'public' board meeting may not have been all it could be, it was
> an important indicator or attribute of the MSM, especially having regard
> the global public interest.
> Secondly, even if the votes are already taken, there existed an outside
> chance that one may witness truly revealing 'body language' of
> participants.  Maybe its because for most of my life I have always
> straddled several socio-political realities. But I am socialized to be ever
> mindful that one may 'feel the hand of Esau even as you hear the voice of
> Jacob'.
> I can still hear Susan Crawford's cathartic farewell speech in 2008.  It
> was remarkable, the response in body language of several board members told
> a story.  I will concede it may not mean much, then and there.  Aferall,
> the deed is done and the die is cast. But when the 'fire next time' comes,
> it is instructive.
> - Carlton Samuels
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