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

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Tue May 1 22:40:21 UTC 2012


I widely agree with you. 

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Objet : [At-Large] Public Board Meeting - the Update for Prague

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

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