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

Dev Anand Teelucksingh devtee at gmail.com
Tue May 1 01:51:08 UTC 2012

I agree with you Carlton.

Sure, the hard decisions were already decided "behind the scenes" so
that there were no surprises. And yes, I suppose the board meeting
transcript of such a ICANN Board meeting held after the conference can
be done.

But not seeing the body language of the ICANN Board as they explained
their decisions on key issues in the history of ICANN (e.g .XXX , the
launch of the new gTLD program) and also the sense of what the
community felt as they listened to the statements, is lost.

Hopefully, important issues to be decided by the ICANN Board would be
done by special ICANN Board meetings such as the one held on Monday
during the Singapore meeting, when the implementation of the new gTLD
program was approved.

Dev Anand

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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